Going to Chicago

I took the plunge and registered for the Charlie Foundation symposium in Chicago, Sept. 19-22. And booked the airline tickets, and made the hotel reservations. Seems to be well attended, because they are starting to fill up their third hotel! I will attend the scientific/healthcare portion of the symposium on Thursday and Friday, along with Family Day on Saturday. Hope to see some of you there!

It was a hard decision. I wanted to go to learn about the cutting-edge research on the biological basis for the diet and the best ways to deal with side effects, among other important issues. It will also be a good time to connect with other families and share our story. But it means time away from our family. Ted will have things under expert control at home, but it will also be hard to be far away for several days. It’s also expensive! But if Nora is going to be on the diet for approximately 2 years (fingers crossed), and we are 8 months into the diet, then this is my best chance to learn and apply the latest information to her treatment.

For information on the symposium: Charlie Foundation Third International Symposium Dietary Therapy for Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders

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About Christy Anderson Brekken

In no particular order... Instructor and Researcher, Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University. Educational background: University of MN Law School, 2005. MS in Ag and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, 2011. Teaches: Agricultural Law, Environmental Law. Mother: brilliant 9 year old boy; brilliant 6 year old girl with benign myoclonic epilepsy on a modified ketogenic diet therapy. Married to: Ted Brekken, OSU Department of Electrical Engineering. Ride: Xtra-cycle Edgerunner with kid seat; 400-pound cargo capacity. Grew up: Devils Lake, ND. Lived in: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Pohang, South Korea, Trondheim, Norway, Corvallis, OR. Interests: Cooking, knitting, eating, yoga, laughing, hiking, traveling, staying sane.

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