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I was nominated to join the Warrior Troop and now I am on the Waiting List for my NillyNoggin EEG Cap!

I am SO excited to receive my NillyNoggin cap!

I’m even more excited to be part of the Warrior Troop at Hannahtopia.

The Troop is made up of amazing warriors like me – kids and adults who face medical challenges every day. Hannahtopia helps us by bringing fun, color and comfort to our lives. Creating positive happy moments. Happiness is SO important – it helps with the healing process!

My medical condition requires me to get EEG tests that are very medically sterile looking and often scary.

Sometimes an EEG is worn for days, in public, and people often stare. The NillyNoggin covers up this scary medical look. It puts a positive, happy twist on the EEG procedure that some of us have to get a lot. The NillyNoggin cap is comfortable and colorful! Lots of people will come up to talk with me ’cause it’s so cool! It will also give me confidence and comfort!

I am so excited to receive my NillyNoggin!

Can you help me? I’m on the Waiting List for my NillyNoggin.

There are A LOT of other amazing warriors waiting as well. If we can raise $50 then my NillyNoggin cap will be sponsored and I won’t have to wait!

Plus if we work together we can achieve even more! If we raise over $50, we can help sponsor NillyNoggin caps for other warriors on the Waiting List!

I would really like to help my warriors in the troop. I know what it means to fight every day and it’s easier with a troop of warriors fighting alongside me.

At 3 days old, Rylee’s heart stopped beating 10 minutes after getting to the ER, and they did CPR for THREE HOURS, the longest 3 hours of our lives. They almost gave up on her multiple times. The ER doctor did. He told us she wasn’t going to make it. The neonatal specialist just couldn’t do it though, which I am forever grateful for. That woman will always stay with me in my heart.
Rylee is diagnosed as Spastic Quadriplegic, meaning all four extremities have tight muscle tones. She also has a hypotonic core/trunk, meaning she has no strength or control in her abdomen and mid-lower back. This is why she is still unable to sit up unassisted.
She first started seizing the day we almost lost her. But she stopped before she left NICU and we thought she wasn’t having them anymore. We were very wrong. In July 2021, she had her first seizure since NICU that included convulsion. We had already noticed some unusual behaviors, throwing herself forward, stopping anything including crying and staring blankly.
Rylee has since had multiple types of testing and imaging done. Even genetic testing. She does have a mutated gene “of unknown significance” that we will have further testing done in August for, including both parents being tested. This mutation could possibly be the reason for everything, the epilepsy, the event that happened at 3 days old, the CP, and developmental delay. Or it could not be significant and we will never know why this happened.
We do know that she has abnormal brain waves every 10 seconds, which is a lot, like A LOT. Her epilepsy is classified as intractable, which means medication resistant. She will not outgrow this, and she may never have a seizure free day. She currently has 10+ a day. She actually has multiple types.
She has only had 3 focal seizures that became tonic clonic, so convulsions are rare for her. Rylee takes 3 seizure medications. Her triggers are hunger, being overtired, and extreme fits of crying.
She won’t outgrow her seizures. There is a chance she never walks, and/or never talks. There will unfortunately come a time where she plateaus in her functioning, and that will then be how she remains for the rest of her life. But my warrior has already beaten so many of the odds her care teams have given her. I know she will continue to do so.

Rylee J.

by Heather Shuker

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