Forever grateful: Finding the best epilepsy doctors for my son

James, who had surgery for seizures, poses for his first day of third gradeWhen James arrived at 3 pounds, 15 ounces and 15 inches long, he stole my heart. He wrapped his tiny fingers around my own and I hoped he would never let go. He met all of his milestones, with the exception of being a little behind in his speech. We were about to put him in speech therapy when we learned he had a much bigger problem.

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Grateful for a healthy baby and a guardian angel doctor

We all have things to be grateful for. If we are lucky, there will be many points in our lives when we will feel gratitude. Any parent with a child in Boston Children’s Hospital can understand that there have been days when we were grateful just for a healthy baby. On days that wasn’t true, we remember praying for a guardian angel who could help our son. Late in the summer of 2017, our prayers were answered when we met Dr. Jamie Heath, a neurologist from Boston Children’s, who diagnosed his rare medical condition and rescued him with a novel treatment approach. Today our son is a healthy toddler and we owe much of that to Dr. Heath. Not only did she give us the best gift, she inspired us to give back.

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Team Irvin: Care for cerebral palsy helps him reach his goals

teen with cerebral palsy gives a thumbs up with his doctor
Irvin and his friend Dr. Fogelman [PHOTOS: MICHAEL GODERRE/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL]
Boomer is a legendary thunderbird. Paws is a scruffy, fun-loving dog. Nestor is a friendly owl. But these three different characters have one thing in common: They’re all the alter-egos of Irvin Rodriguez. At just 13, Irvin is enjoying a burgeoning career as a professional mascot, representing sports teams near his home in Western Massachusetts.

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Tess’s story: Diabetes is a daily reality

Tess, who has type 1 diabetes, when she was first diagnosed
Tess, around the time she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes [PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE KEELE FAMILY]
I was 4 years old when I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. For a while before that, I had some of the classic symptoms but nobody recognized them. I was drinking water constantly, not eating much food and lost about 30 pounds. One hot summer day, I passed out on the playground. My mom took me to the hospital and they sent me right to Boston Children’s Hospital. The staff checked my blood sugar level — it was supposed to be about 100 and it was 859. I spent a week in the hospital.

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