My Gillette Story by Kristy Tanquist

Posted On: Sep 13, 2013

I would describe Mitchell as a 10 year old boy who just wants to have fun! He loves to play Wii, DS, Xbox, board games, and reading.  He enjoys adaptive snowboarding in the winter and riding his bike in the summer.

Mitchell has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The way we found out about Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare was from a friend of ours who also has a boy with spina bifida. From our experiences at Gillette, we have found that it has been a wonderful place for Mitchell to get his treatments.  He has had physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology treatments, rehabilitation, urology, neurology and other orthopedic services, all at Gillette. When he’s there, his favorite therapists are Amanda and Stephanie and he really likes all of his doctors.  They treat him like he is their only patient. From the minute we check in at the front desk until we leave, we are treated with respect and always feel welcomed at Gillette.
We are so proud of Mitchell because he accepts who he is.  He has been through so much and does not complain.  He is a very smart boy who is full of love and life.  He is so much more than we ever expected and he has touched so many peoples' lives!

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