Austin singer-songwriter Chris Fullerton can tell you something about looking down in the face of death. Five years ago, shortly after he’d moved to Austin from Boston, he went to the doctor after suffering a string of seizures. They found that not only did Fullerton have epilepsy, a neurological disorder that affects about 1 percent of the population, but he also had an arteriovenous malformation, essentially a tangle of blood vessels in the brain.
"They told me, ‘There’s nothing we can do; it’s only a matter of time,’" Fullerton recalls of that day in the neurologist’s office. "I had an 80 percent risk of stroke at that point," he says, adding that he also had a high probability of brain aneurysms rupturing.
Fullerton’s wife, Lindsay Preston, refused to accept the dire diagnosis. "Lindsay was determined to find me treatment," Fullerton says. "She had been reading about cyberknife treatments, which were very new at the time. And the doctor was like, ‘Yeah, actually I think that would be an option; let’s do that.’"
Read more about Fullerton’s healthy and his music — he’s released a new album, "Epilepsy Blues," and he’s our Austin360 Artist of the Month for December —in a premium story on MyStatesman.com.
And catch Fullerton playing an Austin360 Facebook live session at noon on Thursday.