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Tyler’s Story

On October 29, 1998, at age 6, while living in San Diego, Tyler was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a malignant disease (cancer) of the bone marrow and blood.  Acute leukemia is a rapidly progressing disease that results in the accumulation of immature, functionless cells in the marrow and blood.  
He spent the following 2 1/2 years going to the hospital for chemotherapy treatments.  In June 2001, we were so excited to know that his treatment was finished and celebrated with our family and friends.

After several years in remission, on May 25, 2005 at the age of 12, while living near Pittsburgh, he would face cancer again and endure another 3 1/2 years of chemo.
He finished his chemo treatment in the summer of 2008.  Things had been going well and we had been looking forward to Tyler's Senior year in High School.  We had been getting prepared with school with such things like new supplies, clothes and Senior portraits.  
In September of 2009, Tyler went in for his monthly routine check-up.  During his checkup, his doctor checked his neurological state and asked him to follow her finger where she pointed.  When she pointed up above, the iris of his right eye was not as strong and did not go to the same level as his left.   She suggested we go see an ophthalmologist to see why the iris on Tyler's right eye was lower than his left during a routine neurological test. 
Several days prior, he started feeling tingly sensation on the right side of his face, headaches, nausea, and neck pain.  After talking on the phone with the clinic, it was suggested we go down to have a CT scan and MRI  of Tyler's brain were they found a few lesions.  A 15mm lesion was putting pressure on an optic nerve that controls 4 muscles to the right eye.

With his doctor on vacation, the clinic still felt it was important enough for us to be seen by another doctor.   The next day, after a painful spinal and bone marrow test, we found out the horrible news, the lesions were a result of leukemia in his brain.

After his last diagnosis on September 18, 2009, he immediately started chemotherapy.  It was then determined a bone marrow transplant (BMT) would be necessary.  We were blessed with a perfect match donor, his sister, Chelsea.  The BMT took place on March 3, 2010.

It has been over four years since that day.  Since then, Tyler has been dealing with late effects from his 6 ½ years of chemotherapy and radiation treatments as well as Chronic Graft vs. Host Disease.  He was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis and Bronchiolitis Abliterands in early 2012 as a result of the radiation treatments.  His condition steadily deteriorated through 2014 and on November 16, 2014 Tyler received new lungs.

After being diagnosed a 3rd time with Leukemia, having a Bone Marrow Transplant  in March 2010 and a Double Lung Transplant on Nov. 16, 2014, Tyler continues to fight this battle.  However, God continues to work in his life today.  For brief synopsis, in his own words, of his struggles this past year, You can watch this video: Tyler's Story

Latest Journal Update

A Milestone

Today we celebrate a milestone. Today is Tyler's 1st day of class. He is attending consolidated courses at The Cleveland School of Broadcasting. You won't see him on television or hear him on radio as he is not one to take center stage. He is focused on television or radio sound. 9 months of full time class work, internships and online coursework. Way to go Ty. Moving on with life no matter what it has thrown at you. You are an inspiration to us all and an example of perseverance in your faith and trust in the Lord our God.

Your biggest fans,

Mom and Dad
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Beverly Olson
By Beverly Olson
Wow, I'm thrilled read this! Tyler will succeed at whatever he endeavors to do...That's just who he is. So happy for proud of him, too.
Terry Wells
By Terry Wells
I'm one of your biggest fans, too!! Congratulations, Tyler!!!
Love and peace,
Terry Wells
Joyce Nosker
By Joyce Nosker
Praise be to God for this news about Tyler's classes. Praying for him.
leona hensel
By leona hensel
Congratulations 🎉 sweetheart. We are so proud of you. Go ty go. We love ❤ you and we're still praying for you to continue strong and healthy. Happy new year sweetheart. We love ❤ you from your Bartlett UPC prayer 🙏 team.
Sandy Daron
By Sandy
HOW magnificent!!! I am SOO proud of you Tyler!!!! You will be GREAT!!!

Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.

Love ya,
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Debbie Barto
By Debbie Barto — last edited
What a milestone to celebrate!!!! God has BLESSED Tyler and is continuing to BLESS him. Tyler has been such an inspiration to me...many more BLESSING coming from Him!!! <><
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Debra Sheridan
By Debra Barto Sheridan
Awesome! God bless 🙏
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Rita Jean Wagar
Congratulations, Tyler, on yet another accomplishment. You have made us all proud.
Rita Jean Wagar
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Kris Dillenbeck
By Kris Dillenbeck
Wow...I'm impressed!!!! You are an amazing young man! Praying for success in this course.
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