My Story

Welcome to Tyler's Caringbridge page.Tyler is in remission from Rhabdomyosarcoma. He is still facing many surgeries due to complications from the cancer. Please read my story to find out more about Tyler. Please be sure to leave us a note in our guest book letting us know you were here.
Hope love and prayers.Together we can save
Tyler Tucker


At Christmas, just after Tyler turned two he fell on a small toy car and scratched his jaw. The jaw swelled and by New Years Day we had to take him to the hospital. The hospital staff said that Tyler needed surgery to remove a cist. Doctor Wilson did the surgery and came out with tears in his eyes. He said that the problem was not a cist, it is cancer and that he sent a portion of the extracted material to the lab to have it analyzed. The results came back as Rhabdomyosarcoma of the Mandible. When the results arrived, January 30, we were called to his office and he cried with us. Tyler was admitted to MUSC immediately. We felt this couldn't be happening to our baby not Tyler. The staff at MUSC has been wonderful and we were like family. We learned to love everyone there. Tyler has stolen the heart of everyone on Floor 7b.
Tyler was having trouble breathing because of his jaw so the Doctor's decided a tracheotomy was needed. At the same time, Tyler's jaw fell so the medical staff had to wire the jaw shut. Then he couldn't keep feeding tubs in forcing them to replace the tube six times.
After radiation and chemo Tyler underwent surgery again where they took a bone from Tyler's leg and transplanted it into the jaw. Shortly thereafter it was diagnosed that the cancer have moved to his lungs. Both lungs were infected. Tyler lost the upper right portion of the right lung and chemo seemed to clear up the left lung, as a result of this surgery a chest tub was inserted. Tyler was so strong that he went walking down the hall with that chest tub. Doctor York said she wants a picture of Tyler to go over her desk. She said that he was the strongest kid that she had ever seen and that he was her miracle baby.
It has been really hard on our family. Ashley only twenty three and can't work and Tyler in and out of doctor offices and all the trips then and now. But God has been with us and he has got us this far. Tyler had four staff infections while he was in the hospital, which encompassed most of 2003. We took a camper and stayed in it at Lake Air campground so we could be with Tyler and Ashley.

Tyler is now in remission. This doesn't mean he is cured or better in anyway.

Sadly The cancer has done so much damage to Tylers little body.

He has been through 59 of 2014 We will have to take him to MUSC or University of Maryland  for his entire life. He will spend his entire life going through this he will never be 100% better as the doctors told us. He has had a lung removed, and 1/2 of his leg bone tooken out to replace his jaw. Now his jaw replacement isn't working with the leg bone so they have to fix that soon. Not only this he tends to get sick often. He won't be able to do things like normal kids cause of these things. We also have been told he won't eat like other kids, and maybe never able to have a baby when he is older.

The cancer he had isn't like most common cancers we have only found 5-6 other kids (This isn't 100% accurate, but the amount is very small in the USA we are just going on what we have found on the net.) Alot of them have had it come back or passed away from it sadly . Tyler wasn't suppose to live is what the doctors told us. We are very lucky to have him I know he is gonna make it!!!!!!

The chance of Tyler's cancer coming back is very high, but we think he will be fine cause we are trying so hard to get so much support for him, and having the whole world caring about him. We have hope, and Tyler is a warrior!

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Darlene COX posted a new journal entry.

letting you all no that Tyler is under pain management has to go to Atlanta ever two months and will have to go soon to Maryland .I think everyone that has helped us money ... Read more

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Darlene COX posted a new journal entry, "thank god for tylers pain relife".

hi ever one well Tyler's  doing ok   he's taking his medication from pain management ,and finally he has something that is helping with his pain ..his pain hasn't ... Read more

Darlene COX signed Tyler's Guestbook.

This is to the lady that ask about insurance I have Medicare and AARP ,which is for older people Tyler has Medicaid for kids and it dose not pay out of state unless that ... Read more

Darlene COX posted a new journal entry.

Hi every one. It's getting close to time for Tyler to go to pain management in Atlanta his appointment July twenty sec He will have to do this ever month ,he will soon get ... Read more

Bonnie Ermilio signed Tyler's Guestbook.

Hi!  I wanted to see how Tyler is doing.  I'm sending him many hellos.  I'm also sending LOTS of hugs and prayers.  I hope he is doing well.With love,Bonnie   HAPPY ... Read more

Bonnie Ermilio signed Tyler's Guestbook.

Hi, sweet Tyler.  I wanted to stop by and say hello to you.  You are one of my HAPPY MAIL FOR ILL CHILDREN and I wanted to see how you're doing.  I hope things are a ... Read more

Jennifer Owens signed Tyler's Guestbook.

Dear Darlene, Praying for you and your family.  Cant imagine how hard its been on you and especially little Tyler.  My prayers and love are with you all.    Jennifer ... Read more

June Junko signed Tyler's Guestbook.

Dear Darlene,  I'm so sorry you fell and injured yourself.  I pray you will heal up quickly.  And, i'm praying that your knee surgery will go very well.I'm praying for ... Read more

Sandy Hobbs signed Tyler's Guestbook.

Forgive me for asking this but I dnt live in the US & dnt know or comprehend the medical system there. But how is that you as an adult can get cosmtic surgery & ... Read more

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