Chante’lae is a TAFT Hero

Chante’lae is a TAFT Hero

Chante’lae has been coming to CDTC since she was a baby, but it wasn’t until she was eight-years-old that she was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes.

Our very own Dr. Lafrance referred her to Broward Health’s Emergency Department after a visit. She was worried because Chante’lae’s weight had dropped drastically in a very short period of time. The hospital diagnosed her condition. From then on Chante’lae’s care and daily routines became focused on managing her Diabetes.

Working with her endocrinologist Dr. Blanco and her CDTC Care team, Chante’lae remains healthy. She takes insulin everyday and maintains a careful diet to control her sugar levels. Sometimes she wishes she could eat like everyone else and not worry. But, the seventeen-year-old understands that discipline is necessary.

Luckily, her family is supportive of her needs and efforts. They try not to buy foods that wouldn’t be good for her. Temptation out of the way, Chante’lae can focus on measuring her food and adhering to a strict diet to maintain her health.

Currently part of the TAFT Program, Chante’lae knows the time is fast approaching when she will have to move on from her familiar physicians and providers. It’s daunting, but the family is working together with her CDTC Care Team to prepare for the transition to adult healthcare providers.

Managing her Diabetes takes time and care, but this teenager continues to look beyond just her medical needs. She is doing well in high school and her current plans are to go to college to become a veterinarian.

Her family is proud of her – for how well she does in school; for the fact that she always tries her best; and for how well she faces and manages her dietary needs and medical condition.

Her dedication to her care and future makes her our September Hero of the Month.

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

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Renzo is Extraordinary!

Renzo is Extraordinary!

Thirteen-year-old Renzo has journeyed through the Center’s programs since he was born. He began in Early Steps to address delays in reaching his milestones. Autistic, but highly functioning, the eighth grader now receives support from our ECHO Program.

Renzo can handle basic life skills. Like other teenagers, he’s just beginning to assert his independence. His diagnosis makes this leap into young adulthood trickier, for Renzo and his family. Yet, the turnaround in his behavior and his growth this past year make him a CDTC Hero.

Renzo’s friendships were limited due to his lack of confidence. And, battling weight issues plummeted his confidence further. Feeling isolated from others, he had behavior issues in school. And, his grades suffered.

At home, things weren’t much better. Renzo struggled with family relationships. His Latin family was close knit. But, he wanted space. Mom and Dad were protective and wanted to help him in every way possible. He wanted more freedom.

With counseling and specialty therapies recommended by CDTC, Renzo has turned things around. He’s older and approaching things with a more mature view. And, he’s more responsible. He’s now an A/B student. Focusing on eating healthy has made him thinner. He’s even more conscientious about taking his meds. Mom and Dad have taken advice too, backing away a bit to let him explore newfound independence.

Today, Mom no longer has any complaints about his behavior at home or at school. She’s thrilled with his progress and the new direction in his life. And, so is his CDTC Care Team.

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

Thank You to
Our Sponsor

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.

Daniel is a TAFT Hero!

Daniel is a TAFT Hero!

CDTC has always been a part of seventeen-year-old Daniel’s life. He was admitted to the NICU after he was born. Complications lead to a diagnosis of chronic kidney issues which he battles to this day and which lead his family to ours.

He had two surgeries before being discharged from the NICU, and has had at least eight more surgeries throughout his life. When he was five-years-old, one of his kidneys was removed because it was not functioning properly.

Living with one kidney requires Daniel and his family to watch his health very closely. His CDTC primary care physician, urologist, cardiologist, and nephrologist all work together to monitor his lab work. They make adjustments to his treatment plan as needed to ensure his remaining kidney functions ideally.

Daniel and his family credit the Center’s various programs for where they are at today. He and his four younger siblings are patients of both our Dental and Pediatric Primary Care Clinics. Daniel began in our Early Steps Program. After the age of three, he became a part of our Medical Home Program, now ECHO. Today he is part of our TAFT (Transitioning Adolescents Forward to Tomorrow) Program. He is working with his Care Coordinator to transition from pediatric to adult care providers and learning to manage his medical care.

“If it wasn’t for CDTC, Daniel would be very sick,” shares his Mom. “CDTC helps in a lot of ways. From having wonderful workers that help to keep track of all the appointments, the different programs, and the wonderful Doctors that help to monitor everything. Without CDTC, I wouldn’t be able to survive. Especially having other kids with special needs. I’m very blessed to have CDTC.”

Today, Daniel is in excellent health. His specialist shares he is doing well for someone with only one kidney. His prognosis is excellent as long as he maintains a strict adherence to his diet and medication regimen.

While he lives a fairly normal life, there is always the wish he could be more active with sports. But he understands the need to protect his kidney and health. He is dedicated to staying healthy. He is graduating high school next year and plans to go to college to pursue a career in economic engineering.

Daniel is a CDTC Hero, because he has proven to himself and everyone in his life he can overcome anything.

*pictured above: Daniel and his Mom. 

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

Thank You to
Our Sponsor

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.

Nothing Holds Maryam Back

Nothing Holds Maryam Back

Maryam was born with a bump on her tummy. The birth defect created a pouch that held her abdominal organs outside of her body.

The moment the CDTC Care Team met the three-year-old in 2015, they knew her case would be complicated. She could not eat or breathe completely on her own. Walking and talking were difficult if not impossible. And, her new physicians marveled at the volume of the toddler’s medical records when they arrived from her family’s previous home in Chicago.

After having been through so much already, the family clearly needed support. The ECHO Program took over coordinating Maryam’s care; working alongside Dr. Robinson in our Primary Care Clinic and even Dr. Alonso in our Dental Clinic.

She had multiple surgeries to close the opening in her stomach. It was afterwards that Maryam became a true hero to her Care Coordinator Jennifer.

“I have patients with a lot of complications,” shares Jennifer. “But she’s (Maryam’s) the one that’s made progress in every area.”

The now six-year-old little girl is eating normally. Her breathing issues are a thing of the past. Walking is no problem and neither is running or playing. Not only is she talking, she’s trilingual. Pre-K has begun and she’s enjoying writing her name and coloring.

Healing and overcoming developmental delays can be a slow process. But, Maryam’s progress is remarkable. Nothing is holding back this CDTC Hero now.

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

Thank You to
Our Sponsor

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.

Melissa is an Early Steps Hero!

Melissa is an Early Steps Hero!

Melissa’s pediatrician recommended that she participate in the Early Steps Program when she was 18 months old. He was concerned about her communication skills and possible autism. Her parents shared at intake that she was not using any words to communicate and she subsequently did receive an autism diagnosis from her neurologist.

Melissa received a variety of Early Steps services including speech, occupational and physical therapy as well as early intervention sessions with an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist.

The 2 ½ year old child the intervention team saw at her recent Individualized Family Support Plan meeting was a completely different child than was seen at Clinic upon intake. Melissa now imitates sounds and words, uses gestures on her own to communicate, has significantly decreased sensory seeking behaviors, is smiling a lot more and is much more engaging than before.

Melissa’s mother is very thankful for the guidance and support Early Steps provided to the family. In addition, her mother is appreciative of the understanding she now has regarding Melissa’s special needs.

Her Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist and therapists have done an amazing job in helping Melissa blossom as she continues to learn many new skills and reach new developmental milestones. Melissa is definitely an Early Steps hero as she is breaking barriers every day with the support of her proactive family and her excellent early intervention team.

*pictured above: Melissa & her Early Steps Service Coordinator Riane. 

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

Thank You to
Our Sponsor

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.