Our Journey

We started our journey here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital a little over six years ago. We started seeing A’niya’s seizures when she was three months old. We brought her in and they began testing. At this time I was still only 17 years old. I was scared, confused and hurt. December 10th of 2010 is a day I will never forget. On that day she was diagnosed in the Dublin location Neurology clinic.

After she was diagnosed with epilepsy it seemed that the diagnoses list just kept getting longer. I began to feel hopeless and wonder why me, why does she have to go through this? With her seizures came many sleepless nights. Will she be alive when I wake up, will I breakdown if she has a seizure and the diastat won’t stop it? Many thoughts ran through me head.

As time has gone on with the help of the Nationwide Children’s staff I am able to say it is because of them that we have made it through. Countless admissions, the staff were always friendly kept me in the loop and made sure I didn’t need anything. I was told last year after a seizure of hers that if the 3rd dose of IV medication didn’t stop the seizure they would have to give her a 4th dose and she would be put on life support due to loss of all body function. The staff yet again so helpful and amazing walked me through everything and stood right there with me as we waited to see if she would come out of it. Thank God she did, and I thank God that I had the support of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital staff.

Our journey is far from done here at Children’s but I can say we are blessed and very grateful that Children’s is here to take care of our little girl!

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  • Name: A’niya B.A’niya Blackwell
  • Condition(s): Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy
  • Age at Treatment: 3 months
  • Age Today: 04/23/201010 Years

We started our journey here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital a little over six years ago. We started seeing A’niya’s seizures when she was three months old. We brought her in and they began testing. At this time I was still only 17 years old. I was scared, confused and hurt. December 10th of 2010 is a day I will never forget. On that day she was diagnosed in the Dublin location Neurology clinic.

After she was diagnosed with epilepsy it seemed that the diagnoses list just kept getting longer. I began to feel hopeless and wonder why me, why does she have to go through this? With her seizures came many sleepless nights. Will she be alive when I wake up, will I breakdown if she has a seizure and the diastat won’t stop it? Many thoughts ran through me head.

As time has gone on with the help of the Nationwide Children’s staff I am able to say it is because of them that we have made it through. Countless admissions, the staff were always friendly kept me in the loop and made sure I didn’t need anything. I was told last year after a seizure of hers that if the 3rd dose of IV medication didn’t stop the seizure they would have to give her a 4th dose and she would be put on life support due to loss of all body function. The staff yet again so helpful and amazing walked me through everything and stood right there with me as we waited to see if she would come out of it. Thank God she did, and I thank God that I had the support of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital staff.

Our journey is far from done here at Children’s but I can say we are blessed and very grateful that Children’s is here to take care of our little girl!

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