David’s Story, Age 51, Toronto

In what might be the most ironic comment ever, I’m of two minds. One, I’m a guy who is a statistical anomaly having survived if not prospered from a brain disease that should have killed me, and two, I’m a guy who doesn’t want to be defined as “the guy…

Kharina’s Story, 21 years-old, Florida, USA

On November 19th, 2017, Kharina, 20 year-old and 3rd year pre-med student, started with intenseheadaches which were not going away with over-the-counter medicines. We rushed her to the ER that night, and after running some tests on her, the doctor said she was fine and sent her back home to get…

Jett’s Story, 18 years

My name is Jet and I am 18 years old and I live in Arnhem, the Netherlands.  I’m still in recovery from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, in a medical rehabilitation center. On Christmas Eve, 2015, I got my first episode and by early 2016 I deteriorated more and more. After scans…

Alessia Bellino, Italy, 31yrs (2015)

The onset of the disease I was a normal, healthy 31-year old woman, happily married, a hard worker, an anthropologist by training; I loved to run, spend free-time with my family and friends, travel and draw comics for hobby.No one could suspect what would happen to me. At the beginning…

The Story of G, 2007-2017, New Zealand

(2007) My daughter 13yrs old at the time, appeared in a coma-like state with extreme catatonia &was admitted in child psychiatric ward. 6 long years drugged-up & treated as a psychiatric patient, diagnosed with bipolar. (2013) Age of 18yrs, she died while still in mental health, psychiatric care before rushing…

Blake’s Story, Age 15, USA

My name is Chrystal Carpenter. I am a single mom and a business owner. My son, Blake, turned 15 in January 2017. He was born healthy, but his medical issues began when he was diagnosed with Meningoencephalitis at just three weeks old. As a result of that, he has Epilepsy…

Emily Louise’s Story, Age 22 at onset, Vancouver, B.C.

Her Mind speech Dear World, I’m still basking in the afterglow of a night filled with love, community, good food, soulful music and awareness/fund-raising about Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis. As the adrenaline starts to slowly fade, I thought I’d share the words I spoke last night, on the off chance somebody…

Kimberly’s Story, Ohio, Age 27

My story starts in late 2011, in the fall. I was a 27-year old mom of one, married for 2 years and by most standards living a "normal life". I started noticing red patches that would creep up my chest, neck and face. It would be on one side of…