I have been having seizures since I was 12 years old.When I was younger, my seizures although not very frequent were quite severe and I usually always went into "Status" and would always have to be brought to the hospital to be brought out of them.I am allergic to Dilantin, Tegretol, Phenobarb and have been on alot of other AEDs that have not worked or have only worked for a short amount of time to control my seizures.As I grew older, my seizures became less severe but more frequent.I am now 34 and suffer from Simple and Complex Partial seizures, three or four times/month.For the past six months I have been going through testing at Yale to see if I might be a candidate for surgery.I have gone through a two week stay in the hospital for constant video eeg monitoring, I have had Ictal SPEC and PET scans and numerous MRIs.I have also had my WADA test.With all the scans and monitoring that I have had, they have determined that the focus of my seizures is in my right temporal lobe but my brain is othewise normal with no lesions or scar tissue of any kind.I am scheduled to be admitted into the hospital on Feb 7th for surgery to have a grid and depth electrodes placed on the surface of my brain to determine where in my temporal lobe the focus of my seizures is.The Drs. think I am an excellent candidate for surgery.The thought of having a temporal lobectomy scares me.I had an MRI done at Albert Einstein College In NYC, they have one of the largest machines in the world and nothing abnormal showed up.I would feel better about having a piece of my brain removed if there was an abnormality.Everyone that I have talked to that has had this operation has said that it has changed their life for the better.I have nt driven a car in almost 5 years and I am currently taking Keppra and Zonegran.The Keppra causes me to be severly depressed.When i was in the hospital for my monitoring and was taken off all of my meds, I was like an entirely diffrent person off the medication.I was HAPPY!! I was Smiling !! I was laughing!! I would be interested in hearing from anyone that has gone through the surgery or has had or is having any kind of similar experiences.This is one of the scariest decisons I am ever going to have to make in my life.