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Brendan Wolfe’s Triumphs Over Epilepsy to Excel in Midwestern Career College’s Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technologist Program

June 13, 2024

At Midwestern Career College (MCC) in Chicago, Illinois, students are not just educated; they are empowered to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams. One such inspiring story is that of Brendan Wolfe, a graduate of MCC’s Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technologist program who refused to let epilepsy stop him from achieving success.

Brendan’s journey with epilepsy began unexpectedly at the age of 21. Despite facing seizures that disrupted his life and career aspirations, Brendan remained determined to forge ahead. “You know, kind of the rug pulled out from you in a way, when you start having seizures. The first thing that goes is the driver’s license. Then you’ve got people who care about you, kind of always checking in on you and making sure you know where you are,” Brendan shared about the initial impact of his diagnosis.

Through perseverance and the support of his loved ones, Brendan navigated the challenges posed by his condition. He experienced firsthand the severity of his condition during a critical moment in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at UIC, where medical professionals intervened as his heart stopped for 24 seconds during a seizure. This pivotal event underscored the urgency of finding effective treatment options.

After exploring various avenues, Brendan opted for a hippocampectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the affected area of his brain. The decision was not easy, and recovery presented its own set of challenges, including severe headaches. However, Brendan’s resilience shone through, bolstered by the unwavering support of his family and friends.

During his recovery, Brendan found renewed purpose through an online forum discussion suggesting a career as an EEG Technician. This sparked his interest in MCC’s END program, renowned for its rigorous curriculum and hands-on clinical rotations across Chicagoland. Enrolling in the program marked a turning point in Brendan’s life. “That little post alone just kind of flipped a little switch in my head,” Brendan recalled.

Today, as a graduate of MCC’s END program, Brendan is completing his clinical rotation at Northwestern Hospital. He has also immersed himself in community service, joining the Associate Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. Through fundraising and awareness initiatives, Brendan contributes to improving the lives of those affected by epilepsy, turning his personal journey into a source of hope and inspiration for others.

Brendan’s story exemplifies the transformative impact of education and resilience. It underscores the pivotal role of institutions like MCC, accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE), in empowering students to overcome adversity and achieve their professional goals.

COE invites all accredited member institutions to share their own student success stories. These narratives not only highlight the impact of career-focused education but also strengthen advocacy efforts nationwide. Help us showcase the transformative power of education by submitting your success stories to COE at communications@council.org.

To learn more about MCC’s END program and Brendan Wolfe’s inspiring journey, visit the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago – Faces of the Foundation: Brendan Wolfe.

Together, let’s celebrate and amplify the voices of our students who are making a difference in their communities and beyond.