Kamiryn's Bio. Written by her Mom:
Kamiryn was born on Oct. 30th 1995 in Houston,
Texas. She lived with her Mom and Dad in Magnolia until the
age of 7 when her parents got divorced. She now lives with
her Mom and her little brother Koby. At the age of 9 Kamiryn
was having trouble paying attention. Her best friend said
she would be playing a game on the computer and would just
have a dazed look on her face. Her Grandmother said she would
be talking to her and Kamiryn would not hear her. Her mother
thought she was just ignoring her like kids her age do sometimes.
Come to find out, Kamiryn was having what they call Absence
seizures. She was having over a hundred a day of these type
seizures which last anywhere from 3-5 seconds. You are totally
unaware of your surroundings at that time. We are not sure
how long these types of seizures had been going on. Then one
day while Kamiryn and her brother were with her Grandmother
riding in the car, she began to shake uncontrollably and her
body became rigid. Kamiryn was having a Grand Mal seizure.
Koby said something is wrong with Sissy so her grandmother
pulled over on the side of the road. She then realized what
was happening and that they needed to go to the hospital.
She called Kamiryn's Mom at work and told her to meet them
at the hospital where Kamiryn was transferred to Texas Children's
for testing. She spent 3 days in the hospital after going
through a battery of tests. A team of about 10 neurologists
came in and explained the diagnosis. She in fact had epilepsy.
The good news was that Kamiryn did not have a bleed on the
brain or a tumor. She had childhood epilepsy. The doctor's
explained that Kamiryn may out-grow this at some point in
her life but we just never know. She was put on the first
of about 4 medications until we realized which one was the
best for her and which one stopped most both kinds of seizures.
After Kamiryn got out of the hospital she had to be supervised
24 hours a day. She could not bathe alone, swim, ride her
bike and do things that most normal 9 year olds could do.
There was always the chance she could fall and hit her head
while having a seizure or worse, vomit while having one and
drown. These are things that most people don't even think
One day while Kamiryn's Mom stopped at the grocery store
to pick up a few things on the way home she saw Allie and
her dogs. She began asking questions about My Service Dog
and if it would be possible to get Kamiryn a dog to detect
her seizures. Allie and Ginger (Kamiryn's Mom) met on numerous
occasions to discuss the possibilities of making this happen
for Kamiryn. Allie found a match for Kamiryn, a standard poodle
named Alexander. We began fostering
Alex and realized that he indeed was
detecting Kamiryn's seizures. He was licking and pawing her
before every episode. This was an enormous breakthrough. Alex
was able to prepare Kamiryn and her Mom for what was about
to happen. This was truly a miracle. It made the stress of
not knowing "when" much better to handle. Kamiryn
now has a constant companion, friend and a service dog all
wrapped into one. Ginger is a single Mom raising 2 children
and it is hard to be there for Kamiryn every second. A service
dog makes this possible by being there when she can't be.
Alex is the best thing that ever happened to Kamiryn. Alex
is in tune with her every move. He sleeps with her, is in
the restroom when she bathes, and goes every where with us
as a family. We go shopping, to dinner and on outings and
Alex is always with us. He is a part of our family forever.
He is truly Alexander The Great! Kamiryn
has a friend for a lifetime.
Thank You Allie and My Service Dog for reaching out and helping
our family in this time of need. I will be forever grateful
for your generosity. I feel like everyone involved with My
Service Dog is like a part of our extended family. Thank you
again from the bottom of our hearts.
Kamiryn, Koby,& Ginger
Contact Allie at 713-703-6924
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