Annmarie Fanning is a loving wife to Mike and mother of their handsome son, Logan. They reside in a small Indiana city, about an hour outside of Chicago. She has her Master’s degree in Business Administration with a Healthcare Concentration from Davenport University and her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Behavioral Sciences. She has worked 25+ years in a healthcare field with the majority of those years working for adults and children with developmental disabilities, many of whom suffered in one way or another with a form of epilepsy.
The Fanning’s son, Logan experienced his first seizure when he was 18 months of age, in 2008. Since then, Logan has been on numerous trials of different medications. He has been in and out of hospitals, ERs, laboratories, doctor offices and EEG clinics. Logan is diagnosed with Autism and Intractable Epilepsy, a seizure disorder in which a patient’s seizures fail to come under control with treatment.
In 2012, Logan had his first Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) implant. 2014, Logan underwent two laser brain ablation surgeries, with the hopes to minimize the number of active seizures. 2016, Logan had surgery to replace the battery in his VNS. I have created a Facebook page, “Logan’s Link” for our son that mentions some of his daily struggles and experiences in his life with epilepsy.
Our family is an Epilepsy Warrior Family. It is my goal to be able to help others going through similar circumstances as we have. I want to increase awareness of epilepsy and SUDEP. It is an honor to be on the Board of The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation, and be able to assist and advocate for epilepsy awareness!