Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Annual Congress
“In Brainstorm, Stacia Kalinoski has captured those moments which descend suddenly like an afternoon thunderstorm on someone with epilepsy. It normally doesn’t take much to get me to cry, and if that was her goal she did that easily, as she showed the terror, the helplessness and the heroic beauty of the individual who weathers a (brain) storm.
As one who has a milder form of epilepsy than those portrayed in the film, the film moved me, inspired me and strengthened my commitment to help advance Ms. Kalinoski’s efforts to educate others with epilepsy, the general public and clinicians who might not be well versed about epilepsy… I recommend anyone with epilepsy, or afflicted with any challenging medical condition, to watch this film.”
Dr. Ken Green, Commander (DC) US Navy, Retired Senior Vice President of the Brain Mapping Foundation & VP of Strategic Initiatives for Government and Nonprofit Partnerships
American Academy of Neurology & American Brain Foundation
There is so much stigma attached to epilepsy, that even friends who have it, rarely talk about it. But Stacia is talking about it. Her remarks and documentary increased the awareness and empathy levels of all staff who attended our event.
Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona Gala
Stacia’s story was inspirational … Everyone was moved to hear Stacia’s account of her battle with seizures and her perseverance to overcome them.
Suzanne D. Matsumori, Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona
Stacia captivated the audience detailing her journey with epilepsy. Stacia’s speech (actually more of a conversation) was heartfelt, informative, engaging and well-received.
University of Minnesota Medical School
Stacia’s direct communication with tomorrow’s physicians is among the many contributions she makes to improving care for people with epilepsy and, by extension, other neurological conditions. We recognize the courage and effort required to make this contribution and are indebted to Stacia for her extraordinary commitment. Our students enthusiastically expressed their gratitude and indicated that this was among the most valuable single experiences in their medical education to date.
University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Neurology
UCB Patient Impact Meeting
American Epilepsy Society Conference
Twin Cities Public Television Epilepsy Awareness Event
The film provided powerful insight and an intimate and comprehensive look into the impact epilepsy has upon the family unit, employment, education, and everyday life.
Heidi Fisher, Executive Director of Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Seize the Evening
Stacia’s compelling story helped to make our event a real success. Those in attendance were fascinated to hear about the devastating effects epilepsy can have on one’s career and how Stacia was able to overcome and deal with the consequences of being unfairly terminated from her job.