About Me

I tell stories through writing and speaking.

And I want to break a stigma. Actually, two.

I’m a two-time brain tumour survivor, living with epilepsy. My first tumour was diagnosed when I was 15 years old. In grade 12 – the invincible year – at 17 years old, a month before Christmas, I received a second diagnosis.

A nocturnal tonic-clonic (formerly grand mal) seizure lead to the discovery of the first tumour, and overnight my life was on a different course.

Speaking about my tumours and epilepsy with humour is therapeutic. When I speak, my goal is to educate through laughter about epilepsy, seizures, and brain tumours. I cover the uncomfortable topics and debunk myths.

former television and radio reporter, I’m a freelancer and author with a Creative Communications diploma in journalism from Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For fun, I’m a competitive adult figure skater, and sometimes I act.

IG: tammykaratchuk
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I’m available for:

  • Elementary and High Schools (grade five to grade 12)
  • Educational Forums
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Support groups
  • People living with epilepsy and their support system
  • Brain tumour survivors and their support system
  • Providing support for brain tumour patients (pre-and-post surgical) and their families
  • Educational staff (principals, teachers, teacher’s aides)
  • Patients entering – or considering – the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) and their support team

For booking information, please visit the contact page. Some of these services are free, please contact for details.