CNNH Stories: Tamika

“When Tamika witnessed her older son’s first seizure, she was stunned and surprised. She didn’t know what it was or what to do for him. When Tamika witnessed her younger son’s first seizure, she knew exactly what it was…well…sort of. His seizures were slightly different.

When Tamika witnessed her daughter’s first seizure, she knew that she had a mission in life: to be a hands-on mother, an advocate for childrens’ health and a dedicated teacher. This is exactly who she is–for her own children and for others’.

Tamika’s determination to find her children the best treatment led her to CNNH all the way from Texas, where her husband was stationed in the military. “We had been to several doctors in several states,” Tamika remembers, “but they inevitably became frustrated by the complex nature of the children’s disorders and simply guessed at their diagnoses and treatments. It wasn’t working.”

After years of struggling to find accurate diagnoses for her three children, Josiah, Alontay and Amina, Tamika found CNNH. “When their mom came to us the children were not doing well. They were all on several medications for seizures, headaches and sleep disorders,” comments a CNNH pediatric neurologist. “No one had been able to successfully treat their multiple disorders together. We started with a thorough investigation of their medical history, followed by a comprehensive medical evaluation. We made changes to their medication and treatment plans and follow them regularly to ensure consistent progress and success.”

Tamika is no longer surprised by seizures with any of her three children.

“I am so relieved to know why my children are having seizures and how to keep them under control. With proper treatments, I don’t have any more surprises.”

…Josiah, Alontay and Amina’s success story continues…

With diagnoses and treatment plans in place for her three children, Tamika can focus on their education and their personal growth. She spends a lot of time advocating for her children and really focusing on what works for each of them; that means she doesn’t continue with a teaching style that doesn’t work. “My children like to cook, so I use that time to teach fractions. As a break from math we play Uno…lots of Uno…and now, they know their colors.” Even though her children experience obstacles to learning, she refuses to let them use that as an excuse. “When my children get frustrated, I remind them that it might take longer to learn, but they cannot give up.”

Tamika tells her children, “You can learn anything; you just need to learn it differently.” She refuses not to teach her children something just because it might take a year or more to master. “It took my son three years to learn his colors,” she admits. “But, now he knows his colors and he’ll never forget them. Why wouldn’t I have offered that to him?”

What advice would she give other parents experiencing the same challenges? She shares, “I learn something new every day about my children. I encourage other parents to get to know each of their children individually. We all have gifts and it’s a matter of recognizing them and using them to the best of our ability.”