Numerous coincidences connect these two survivors of a rare brain disorder
By Jake Wray
Encephalitis is a rare and serious illness that causes the brain to dangerously swell. It can be fatal. Those who survive it often live difficult lives, suffering from a slew of possible side-effects, such as seizures, hearing loss and mental illness.
When I was 11 years old I caught encephalitis, as did several other children in my small hometown of Smithers, B.C. We all made it through the ordeal, but we weren’t completely unscathed. Years after we got sick, I met and befriended Jake Jenne, who is one of the people who had been sick at the same time as me. He and I notice a number of striking similarities between our brains post-encephalitis.
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