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Epilepsy Survivor: Life Is Incredible

SEATTLE -- Five years ago, a Utah woman spent her honeymoon at Harborview Medical Center.
Instead of a romantic getaway, Sarah Hansen was in the operating room, undergoing brain surgery. I was in the OR, too.
On Thursday, I saw Hansen again for the first time in five years.
We first met in 2003 when she was wrestling her life back from epilepsy. Weekly seizures knocked her unconscious without warning.
We bonded back then. After all, I was with Hansen on her honeymoon in the hospital.
She and her husband, Michael Hansen, gave up their honeymoon in lieu of brain surgery to rid Sarah's of her severe seizures. It was their wedding gift to each other.
More than anything, Sarah wanted to be a full-time mom but couldn't, knowing at any moment a seizure could paralyze her.
"My entire life I wanted to be a mother, knew I would be a mother," Sarah said.
Risky surgery was her only chance and on Thursday, Sarah returned to Seattle to show us just how successful her surgery was.
Sarah is now a mom, not once but twice. Maddy just turned one and her big sister, Ally, is two and a half. And Sarah is now seizure-free.
"I've accomplished so many of the goals I set out to reach," Sarah said. "Life is incredible."
"It's a huge blessing, and sometimes we take it for granted," said Michael. "It's in those moments when you remember what it was like before, it's easy to realize what a huge blessing it is."
Sarah says her children complete her and without the surgery, she says, she never would have known that.
So what else does she want?
"I have it all!" she said.
While in Seattle, Sarah thanked her surgeon, Jeff Ojemann, and told him there's nothing she can give or say to him that would come close to what he gave her.
By Michelle Esteban 
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