Sixteen-year-old Hudson wouldn’t be where he is today without the support of the Alberta Children's Hospital team. When medication stopped controlling his tics as a child, he was enrolled in a study that focused on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in children with Tourette syndrome. The results were life altering, reducing his tics by about 70 per cent, and allowing him to focus on his overall health, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety. Now he’s living abroad with his family and credits the hospital’s support with helping him embrace his new life adventures.
“Having the support from the Alberta Children’s Hospital at an early age has helped Hudson through all of these trials and challenges. The struggles are real and they are very hard at times, but there is always a way through when you have the proper support.”
Madeline’s first year of high school was rocky. Academic and social pressures kept mounting until they became too much for her to handle. She tried to hide it, but it all became overwhelming. In January 2020, it led to her attempting to take her life by suicide. She was rushed to her local ER, who referred her to Jim Pattison Children's Hospital. Mental health intake professionals helped her and her family make an at-home plan. Through ongoing medical, family and friend support she's thriving and hopes by telling her story, it will help others who are struggling.
“After my experience, it was eye-opening and I started to understand my mental health more. Now I know more about how things affect me, what I was going through at that time, and overall I’m feeling a lot better now."