My Story

After being diagnosed a 3rd time with leukemia, and a bone marrow transplant  in March 2010, Tyler continues to fight this battle.  However, God continues to work in his life today.  For Tyler's story, read his background story below. You can also hear and download the song written for Tyler called "Keep the Faith" on the link www.dismantlerepair.net or join his Facebook group..."Support for Tyler". We appreciate all of your love and prayers.

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 years, while living near Pittsburgh, he would face it again and endure another 3 1/2 years of chemo. 

He finished his chemo treatment in the summer of 2008.  Things have been going well and we have been looking forward to Tyler's Senior year in high school.  We have been getting prepared with school with such things like new school 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 to an opthomalogist 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 in September 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 in March 2010. 

It has  been four years since that day.  Since then, Tyler has been dealing with late effects from his 6 years of chemotherapy and radiation treatments as well as Chronic Graft vs. Host Disease.  He currently has Pulmonary Fibrosis and Bronchiolitis Abliterands .....read the journal for further details.....

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Regis & Karen Froats posted a new journal entry, "Each day becomes a struggle".

Hi all,Another long day.  We got home about 6:30pm.  A full day of tests, interviews and evaluations.  In a nut shell, Ty has lost 10 more pounds this past month, his ... Read more

Regis & Karen Froats posted a new journal entry, "Moving Forward by Losing Ground".

Thank you all so much for your support for Ty.  It’s been a hard week for Ty and Karen.  Please continue to keep them in your prayers.Ty’s condition has been ... Read more

Regis & Karen Froats posted a new journal entry, "A Thank you from Ty to all of you.....".

A Thank you from Ty: He Posted on his wall. I had to share with you.... A Gigantic Thank You!, to all of the sponsors, Deer Pass Staff, Highland community, friends, and ... Read more

Katie Miletti signed Tyler's Guestbook.

Hey Tyler. I'm praying for you this weekend. I'm out ok town so I won't be able to attend your fundraiser. I will be there in spirit praying for a successful event. I'm ... Read more

Regis & Karen Froats posted a new journal entry.

Pray for Ty as he will have a very trying 3 days. The fundraiser tomorrow as well as the viewing and funeral of his grandma, my mother, on Monday and Tuesday in PA.Keepin' ... Read more

Gayl Elam signed Tyler's Guestbook.

I am sorry Tylers breathing is not good.I will pray for his breathing to stabilize.Praying that will give him relief once his oxygen level comes up.God Bless you Tyler and ... Read more

Regis & Karen Froats posted a new journal entry, "Movin things up".

Hi everyone,I just got back from taking Josh down to OSU for orientation the past few days.  It was fun.  He had a great time and is excited to be heading off to ... Read more

Kristi McElroy signed Tyler's Guestbook.

Just want you all to know ... We are still here... Still praying... Trusting that God knows the plans for Tyler... Plans to prosper ....a hope and a future. Jer. 29:11 Read more

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