Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sharing some sad news.....

On Tuesday May 6th we went to Ty's doctors appointment. As Dr. Sweetenham came into the room, he asked Tyler if any new lumps were present. Ty said that he had not noticed any and then he examined him on the table. Then Dr. Sweetenham said, "Tyler, I feel more nodes". He felt them in both sides of his neck and then in his collar bone area. Then he allowed Tyler to touch them so he felt them. This is when the doctor told Tyler that they were not there ten days ago. My heart sank as I watched him get off the table and come sit beside me. That is when we heard him tell us that the CANCER is still there. 

I know that we both did not expect this... it just wasn't what we thought we would hear- AGAIN... so SOON... my mind immediately thought of how hard my sweet husband fought and this was not at all what we had expected the outcome to be again.

This man is my best friend.
If you want to know why I am the person I am... it is because of his love
and belief in me. This was his 52nd birthday. He even grilled all the food that day for our family. Ty is always
thinking of others before himself. He is the ROCK in our family.

The cancer is so aggressive... so soon... and already we can see daily how fast the nodes are getting bigger. Yes, the CANCER is already spreading. We sat (in a daze) as he said that Ty needed to get test right then for a donor so he could have another transplant. I will tell you that they went in full blown action mode at this point. Dr. Sweetenham explained that we have to start chemo again to get Tyler in remission. They are going to do something "much worse" then before. He explained it is called the SMILE chemotherapy regimen. He said the plan of attack is to hit it hard and get this cancer in control so he can get another transplant. He said the SMILE definitely is not what it would imply in meaning and that this is a very aggressive plan of attack in order to fight his cancer.

photo taken in June 2013- Bellagio, Italy
The first time he showed his first symptoms
I think he is the CUTEST man in the entire world-
Ty is only 53 years old.
This was our last "normal" trip together before our
life and family changed.
I love this MAN more than words.

I asked the doctor how did Ty test free of cancer just one month ago at his 100 day post treatment tests. I wanted to know if he just relapsed or if the cancer was never really gone. He told us that honestly he has no idea. He explained that there is no way to really know. I guess with cancer sometimes it is there and simply the tests do not detect it. Unfortunately, the tests are not always accurate. He said that regardless all the treatments he had previously- did not work. NOW... he wanted to get Ty tested for a donor. He sent his sweet nurse Nicole into the room to draw the blood. We both were crying and just truly feeling intense sadness. I was trying so hard to be strong but I simply could not hold in my emotions. My husband was doing the same. Nicole was truly sweet and asked us about our children and family. I tried to look for photos of my phone as I told her about our seven children and the grand babies. I simply was so in shock I could not get to the photos or think clearly. 

Nicole asked Ty if he had siblings who would be willing to donate their bone marrow for the transplant. We fumbled trying to give her their phone numbers. It was hard to do anything. Ty texted both his sister and brother. He has a older brother Bret and a older sister Leann. Ty is the baby in the family. They both texted right back and agreed to be tested right away. Ty could not read the texts without crying. There was a very sweet and tender feeling in the room. I felt God with us and I know that Ty did too. I had to read them and he was overcome with emotion. They expressed their love and willingness to do anything for their little brother. Nicole sat with us and was so kind. Bret and Leann are scheduled to be tested tomorrow.  It will take two weeks to know if one of them would match. There is a 1 in 4 chance that they will be candidates. We are told our children are a 12.5% chance. My youngest son Tyler told me this morning, as I drove him to school that his biggest dream would be to be the donor and save his dad's life. I held in the tears and then cried as I drove home from dropping him off at school this morning. 

The doctor then explained that first Ty would be going through the chemo treatments again, but since it would be even worse than the first time that Ty will be admitted and administered the chemo in the hospital each time. We can expect him to be in the hospital each time for 3 to 4 days. I know this may sound weird, but this gives me great comfort knowing that he will be watched over during these treatments. Ty had such a horrible reaction to the treatments last time and he was in so much pain.  I felt helpless to help him and worried nonstop about him. I am thankful that he will be closely monitored this time. They will do the SMILE regimen. They did not know how many treatments he will get before the allogeneic stem cell transplant
  • Allogeneic bone marrow transplant: “Allo” means “other.” Stem cells are removed from another person, called a donor. Most times, the donor must at least partly match you genetically. Special blood tests are done to determine if a donor is a good match for you. A brother or sister is most likely to be a good match. However, sometimes parents, children, and other relatives may be good matches. Donors who are not related to you may be found through national bone marrow registries.

The truth is, if his brother or sister does not match, they will have to find a suitable donor and he mentioned this could take 3 or 4 months. I am sure they will extend his treatments to get and keep him in remission as needed prior to the transplant. Then he will be go through the process again of going into the hospital with the bone marrow/stem cell transplant from a donor. Yes, this is basically starting over. They warned that this is going to be much harder and worst this time. 

Ty's concern to the the doctor was that they had mentioned before that  maybe they would do a clinical trial. He asked Dr. Sweetenham why he did not mention doing that instead. Ty wanted to know if Dr. Sweetenham himself was the one sick and had the same cancer and was Tyler... "WHAT WOULD YOU DO?" He told Tyler that he would be aggressive and fight it so hard from the start and not be conservative. The doctor feels with his cancer still present, so aggressive... so soon after the transplant that he has no other choice. He assured Tyler that he would do exactly what he wants Ty to do. Ty and I both felt he was right and so we are united in this "battle" to save his life.

I know this is a lot of information. I have thought nonstop of how I should share the details. The truth is we have a large family and many friends from our church, neighborhood, and life that simply love and support us. It took me two days to process it and write it down.  I can't possibly share all that is needed in texts and emails to every one so I will be posting on my blog... updates as needed. I know that I am 1,000% feeling HOPE. 

Tomorrow Ty will have surgery to biopsy one of the swollen lymph nodes in his neck. I know it's kind of crazy, but the doctor mentioned that it's extremely rare, but the cancer could be "back" as another type of cancer...but it's highly unlikely. So it is just protocol to test it again. 

Nicole did send in the psychologist to talk to us during our office visit. I am sorry, but he had a proper title, but it's a blur. When he came in we were still crying and dealing with the news. He was talking to us and I can't remember anything he said. Finally, I said... "How do I share this with my children?" He said, tell them the TRUTH. They need to know you will always tell them the truth and they can trust this. He said, that even with the truth always express the HOPE that is felt and shared. I mentioned that part of my personality is being positive and just always believing that the treatments will work. That is what got me through it this last time. He said, it's okay to be this way, but to make sure I allow my children to express their sadness and concerns. It's okay if they are scared or worried that their dad might die. 

We both came home and  spoke to our children that night. I will tell you that we are all steadfast in our faith and love for  Ty (their dad) as he faces many challenging and difficult days ahead. We are full of HOPE for a miracle that this new chemo regimen will work and that the transplant will be successful.  As a family, we are going to do everything to support him. His mother and Taylor are going to be able to stay at our home and help us. Taylor will get her "old job" back in prepping and kitting all my workshop kits. Gentry is going to be helping and working more hours for me to help alleviate the many tasks that I need to turn over. 

I am relying on HIM right now. I want you to know that I have had the blessing of feeling God so strongly in our home and life. HE is the one who will and can grant us MIRACLES in our life. I am going to be Ty's biggest cheerleader. We have seen the blessings of God shower us since the day we first found out that Ty has cancer. My business is booming and growing in a way that is through him. Opportunities and blessings for me to support my family have been granted and my workshops sell out (which always humble me... often bringing me to tears). I feel blessed. Once again... we will face this with an attitude of gratitude for life and each day. I will always wake up each day and remember as I face each challenge:
Will I be bitter or BETTER???? I will be BETTER. I will be strong and I will allow myself to be sad at times too. I am only human and I will rely on the huge support we have around us to get us through this. I believe this BECAUSE OF HIM...

I love you all...

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Heather Thompson said...

my heart aches for you and your family. My thought are with you.

therapygirl1961 said...

My heart is heavy reading your words. You, my friend, are right through HIM all good things come. You have what's most important on YOUR team, the love of our Lord Jesus Christ! Nothing but HOPE and positive prayers to you, Ty, and your entire family. I love you and I will continue to embrace GOD'S love to pour upon you and your family during this most difficult journey. Love from Texas! Sheryl Musick

chipndalefan said...

Teresa, my heart is breaking. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am here if you need me. Wish I lived closer so that I could give you a big hug right now but know that I am hugging you from here.

Teri said...

May God grant you all the strength you need to get through this devastating chapter in your lives. Sometimes we simply can't comprehend or understand why certain things happen, but I'm sure their is a master plan in place. Thinking of you and your family and praying for a positive outcome!!! Know that you have millions of people thinking and praying for you!!

Gina said...

Teresa I will HOPE with you, pray with you and believe with you that a miracle happens and that one of Ty's siblings in a match. Stay strong but remember to lean on those near you when you need to. Hugs to you and all your family as you pull through this.

gina gina gina

Glenda said...

Hugs to you all.

Scrappy Kapers said...

Oh Teresa, my heart goes out to you and your husband, My husband was diagnosed just before your husband with the same cancer. I had to pull out of my trip to participate in your classes in Italy.It is the most horrific time of our lives and for our men, watching all of this happening and we can't take it away from them. We too are still battling really hard to get on top of this and every complication you could think of happening. Stay strong Teresa along with your family, there are lots of us out here praying for your hubby. Sending you huge hugs, kisses and prayers your way.
Kim xxx

Janice Jung said...

My love and prayers to you, Tyler and your family. I'm sad that you have to face this again.

Tracy said...

I am so sorry you are going through this.
As I read this with tears in my eyes I am wishing nothing but the best for you, Tyler and your family.

Tereesa C said...

Hi Ty & Teresa. I'm sure you won't remember but I met you both a couple of years ago in Brisbane, Australia. My daughter has a rare auto immune disease and I was going to donate my kidney to her. We had the transplant done last year and unfortunately she has been extremely ill since January. It never seems to be over. I so understand what you are going through, and just wanted to let you both know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I truly hope this next round of treatment will beat this horrible disease and that you have long happy lives together. God bless you both and keep you strong. You can do it. Love and prayers, Tereesa C

Jane said...

Sending positive thoughts and hugs to you amd your family. X

mayra said...

We are going to pray for Ty and your family. A very big hug for you, because I know you needed. God is with your family. Love you.

marie said...

teresa and Ty- Love, prayers and HOPE to you and your family for a full speedy recovery. i will be thinking of you and you have the best attitude to get through this. Sending hugs and positive thoughts your way.

Kimberly Williams said...

I cried reading your post. I will pray for you and Ty and your family. Through Him all things are possible!

Florence Germono said...

HOPE, love and positive thoughts to you, Ty and your family.. Big hugs and prayers too xoxoxoxoxoxo

FunFunFun said...

I am not sure if words from a complete stranger will comfort you in anyway... nor do I really know what words to say other than I will pray for you and your family, and may God Bless you and be by your side throughout this difficult time.

Alicia NDC said...

Teresa, you have shown strength and support for your husband that you did not know you had before C came into your lives. Continuing to be strong for everyone is not going to be easy but I can see you will put your heart and soul into every minute you can for a successful recovery. Sending prayers

Dawn Miner said...

Wow - reading this brought me to tears! Praying, praying for you, Ty, and your family.

Vanessa said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Your family is in my prayers.

KimK825 said...

Teresa, you are so open with what you and Ty are going through, it has been heartbreaking to read of the recent news. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this time. You are blessed with a wonderful family and support system (real and virtual).

KimK825 said...

Teresa, you are so open with what you and Ty are going through, it has been heartbreaking to read of the recent news. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this time. You are blessed with a wonderful family and support system (real and virtual).

Valerie said...

That is a hard blow. I am so sorry. I am also encouraged by your great faith and trust in Him! What an amazing testimony! Praying for all of you!

WhoMom said...

My Dear Teresa & Ty,
My word for this day and for you is GRACE. The peace you feel, God's Grace.
When our son was diagnosed with a brain tumor, after the shock came this extraordinary peace. I'd pondered for years to try and understand Grace and not been able to really grasp it. After that diagnosis a deep, loving, tangible peace came to me. It's still with me today, two years later.
I pray that this peace comes to your and yours. I suspect Teresa that is has found you already. Keep your hope and better. It means so much to truly believe.
No more words, just prayer.
Lyn Kaufmann,
Seattle, WA

Lisa said...

Oh Teresa. Praying that God gives you strength and grace to face this challenge. Praying that the doctors have the knowledge and the tools and give Ty the best possible chance at fighting. Praying, praying, praying.
Your honesty and vulnerability shows your strength and I KNOW your words are helping others out there. You are surrounded with prayer warriors - may you all feel the peace, love and healing. xoxo

brandidrewry said...

I dont know what to say other than Im sorry... as i sit here and cry for you guys just know if there is anything i can do in california i will. I know you say the best chance for a match is family but we can start a drive here to see if anyone matches... Let me know say the word.... sending love to you..

Claire Spielman said...

Oh Teresa, so sorry to hear this is happening all over again. Remember, there are exceptions to every case and yours will be the shining example of just that! Your faith and support from everyone will pull him through this once again. Counseling at this time is of utmost importance to give you strength.
Wishing Ty the very quickest win in this battle.
Bob & Claire

Anonymous said...

Praying, praying, praying for you and your family, sending you all lots of love!


cghundley said...

Such a shock for your
whole family. Hoping
things get better.
Carla from Utah

Wendy Sommers said...

Teresa - I'm sorry to hear that Ty's cancer is back. Having a loved one just go through a battle with cancer, I feel and understand all that you are going through. I think you have the BEST attitude. Remember that you are stronger than you will ever realize and so is Ty. Your beautiful family is bonding together to fight this horrible disease and support each other. (Your son Tyler's words brought me to tears - what an amazing young man you and Ty have raised.) God will feel your hope and provide you with the strength you all need to deal with this. I thank you for sharing your personal story so publically. It's a very hard thing to do, but you are offering others the chance to pray with you and also hope, should they be going through the same fight your family is right now. I will pray hard and hope you are given the strength, peace and love that you, Ty and your family needs to get through this. I hope Ty kicks this cancer in the butt!!!! xoxo

Kip said...

Continued prayers for you and your family Teresa.

Anonymous said...

Teresa you are such an inspiration! You have approached this situation with such grace and class! Please know that the crafting community is here standing beside you and supporting you and Ty thru this difficult time! We love you for YOU! I am thankful for the many lessons you have taught me as well as the inspiration to be BETTER not bitter! I love you for that!

Lameka Alston said...

Teresa, keeping you and your family in our prayers. You're braver than you know. God Bless. Lameka

ScrappinLita said...

Better not Bitter. Sounds like something to put on a craft project. Thank you! Through Him, we will pray for your better. God bless you all.

dorism6220 said...

So sorry to hear this. Hopefully it was caught early enough. We should all become tested to become bone marrow donors - who knows, one of us could also be the one to save a life.

Charlotte Blakeney said...

Teresa and TY and the rest of your family: I am so sorry that you have received these news. I pray for all of you as you fight this beast with all you have. Continue to HOPE and trust in God while you lean on others to help you get thru this. One day at a time ! Sending you hugs and positive thoughts!!!

powerscrapper said...

Reading your blog with tears in my eyes, I marvel again at not only your amazing strength and strong faith but the depth of your love for Ty, The two are you are truly soul mates who deserve to grow old together.Sending hugs and saying prayers for you.

Anonymous said...

I will continue to pray. Sending positive thoughts!

Cheryl said...

My heart hurts for you. I will keep you and your family and especially Ty in my prayers. Hugs!!!

Sally said...

Our prayers are with you and your family. Miracles and blessings happen everyday so we will pray and think only positive thoughts for you.

Anonymous said...

Teresa, Words cannot express the deep sadness I feel for you and your family to have to go thru this again. However knowing you have our Savior as your rock makes me very happy. You have expressed HIS blessings and comfort to you and Ty and I know that HE will give you all the strength to get through this. May God's love comfort and strengthen you more each day. God Bless your family! Ella Conner

JPScraps said...

Praying for you and your family. HOPEfully everything works this time. No one should ever have to go through this :(

Pammejo said...

Keeping your sweet husband, you and family lifted up in prayer...God is the healer and the designer of all things, giving him glory for all things to come. said...

All I can say is to keep the faith. A match can be found. My favorite uncle had leukemia. None of his four siblings or two children were a transplant match. When he was given less than 6 months to live and less than a 10% chance of surviving a transplant, a match was found! Me. A very rare and unheard of match. But there it was. He is healthy and active over 20 years later. This type of miracle can happen four your family too!

Vanessa Heinzer said...

Dear Teresa, Ty and Family,
As I sit in tears after hearing this news, all I want is to be able to reach out to you and DO something for you. I wish we were neighbors so I could help you through this. I know your family will work together and fight with Ty and beat this dreaded disease. Please know that you are in our thoughts every day. We send you our love as you start on another difficult journey.
Dieter and Vanessa

Brenda said...

Bless you all!! Prayers!

Theresa Smith said...

I can't imagine the strength and courage it took to share this news. My heart goes out to you, Ty, and your entire family. You have a strong faith and a close family. Those things will help you cope and get through these difficult times. You are an amazing woman with strength and hope that knows no bounds....I am saying a prayer for all of you. (((Hugs)))

Anonymous said...

Continuing prayers for Ty, you and your family. It is awesome you have a wonderful family and friend support system near you. Also know that you have tons of prayers and positive thoughts from those who know you through your blog/craftworld... karen loper

hotpotato said...

I'm sitting hear with tears in my eyes for you. Sending HUGS and POSITIVE THOUGHTS from here in the UK. xxx

Ian's Girl said...

Does it have to be a relative? A certain blood type? I am either B- or positive, and am wondering if there's a way to see if I'd be a match?

Colette Nederhoff said...

So sorry to hear this news. All I can say is that YOU and your family are such amazingly BRAVE people. I am in awe of how you handle all this. KNOW that I am praying along with HUNDREDS Or thousands of people and the POWER Of Prayer is where miracles happen. I will pray for God's favor and grace on Ty as he goes thru this next round. Keep the Faith.

Margie H said...

I'm finally able to sit down and read through all this...I am stunned. My heart is sad but I AM HOPEFUL and will continue praying to give you all strength to fight this with everything!!!! Thank you for always keeping us up to date on how things are going. Know that you have a strong bond with your consumers and friends - we will always have your back, T! Much love and hope in Chicago xo

Der KreativTempel said...

Sweet, I was so shocked when I read your news. You were so enthusiastic when we talked about the treatment last month. I hate to think of all of you having to endure even more than you already have. But if there is anyone out there having a chance to beat the illness thru their spirit, it's you and yours. From our family to yours we wish you an abundance of optimism, faith, strength love and most of all, no matter what, a little happiness each and every day.
Love from Germany

Der KreativTempel said...

Sweet, I was so shocked when I read your news. You were so enthusiastic when we talked about the treatment last month. I hate to think of all of you having to endure even more than you already have. But if there is anyone out there having a chance to beat the illness thru their spirit, it's you and yours. From our family to yours we wish you an abundance of optimism, faith, strength love and most of all, no matter what, a little happiness each and every day.
Love from Germany

Anonymous said...

Crying along with everyone else that is reading your update on Ty. Please take the other ladies advice and use all the counseling that is available to you and your family will help tremendously. Hugs and prayers for you all during this devastating time.

Valerie Gee said...

Sending you and your family so much love during this difficult time. Remember we all love you. XXOO

Anonymous said...

Love you. Thinking about you. You and Tyler are both in my heart and prayers.

Lynn Furr
Newton NC

Fonda said...

Love love love, thoughts and prayers to you and Tyler and your family.

Colleen said...

My thoughts, prayers & hope are with you & your family Teresa. You & Ty are inspirations of love & positivity! xo

Kelly Massman said...

so sorry-that is what i was afraid of when you posted earier... prayers and best wishes,

Dondi Murdock said...

I never stopped praying for you and Ty. I just picture you two as I pray. I will continue. Our loving Heavenly Father has a great plan. I am so glad you can feel His great love for you. I am so sorry about this dreadful news.

NANCY said...

Teresa I will pray daily for you and Ty.....may God continue to walk beside you both through this next journal and carry you when you both need it. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Erin Yamabe said...

Teresa, am so very sad to hear you are all facing and fighting this so very soon. I admire your strength and please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love you!

Emma Sacchetti said...

Sending love, strength and faith! Tony & I continue to pray for Ty, you and your family!!

Cindyloohoo said...

May God's loving embrace heal and protect your husband and hold your family close. Love you.

Cassaundra said...

And we love you. You and your family are in my prayers. Remember to let your faith be bigger than your fear. Hugs...

Anonymous said...

God bless!

Nancy Hunt-McDonald said...

I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your bravery. Yes I know you have to be scared and feel like your losing your mind over the worry about your sweetheart but please know that not only is God and your family with you and your husband but your fans are right here with you. So when you need to vent you just let it all out with us. This is an extremely heavy burden for you to carry and trying to be strong for your husband and your children can take its toll on you. I'm here for you sweetheart. I don't care about your contest. Your personal story is far more important. How can I be tested as a possible donor???

KAT said...

I am sorry to hear that the cancer is back (don't you think cancer should be a 4 letter word?). I hope that a match is found quickly. I hope the chemo process is not too much for Ty. I hope your children find the comfort they need. I hope you allow yourself to feel all the emotions you need. But most of all embrace HOPE, FAMILY, LOVE and FRIENDS...

Faye's Crafti Corner said...

I am so sorry, my heart is so sad for you all. I will continually pray for you all and trust that God will see you through. Sending hugs, love and prayers

Ruthie Lopez said...

I'm so sorry and I feel your pain reading through the lines. You will be in my prayers!

Del Valle Elsie said...

I'm so sorry about everything. We will be praying for you all.
Please post where we can test for compatibility. I'm in the registry but have never been called. Would LOVE to share life....

Gram E said...

I'm so sorry Teresa. You are blessed to have so much love and beauty all around you. You have faith and hope and love and the love and good wishes from everywhere you turn. Stay strong and I pray that Ty's treatments won't be too awful, but that they are strong enough to chase this misery away from you all for good this time. xoxo

Donna said...

So sorry to hear this, Continuing to pray for you and your family. Hope does heal.

Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for you and yours! I couldn't stop crying, God will not forsake you/your family!
Blessings my dear!

Sandy_in_MD said...

I am sad to hear this news. Sending prayers of healing and strength to you and your family.

Candice Schwark said...

Thank you, Teresa, for allowing us to know your story and to lift up Ty, you and your family in prayer. Remember Corinthians 13:7 "It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Thank God for your love of Him and your family members. Let that love bring you all the strength each of you needs during this difficult time.

Jean said...

I am so sorry to read this! I have gone through cancer twice but nothing like this. So glad you have faith in HIM> Will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Tash said...

Thank you for sharing with us all Teresa, it is so sad to hear your family is still having to deal with this horrible illness. I wish you all the very best for a possitive outcome. Stay strong.

Brenda said...

I am praying for your entire family. I will also put your husband on our prayer list at church. I can't begin to say that I know how you feel right now husband was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma in September 2013. He just had his last treatment only to be told it is not completely gone. This is not as nearly as aggressive as T cell lymphoma so reading your post hit me hard. I can't stop crying. But know that you and your husband will be in my thoughts and prayers daily! God is awesome...he will see you and your husband through this!! If you need anything...even to just have someone listen I am here for you. I know you don't really know me...I am one of your craft fans...I met you in Texas at the Texas Stampede craft getaway that provocraft had classes are more than welcome to call me...228-806-4899.

Joyce said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. Thank you for sharing your story - we all care about you and your family. You will be in our prayers and thoughts. This is another journey that God wants you to take - your strength and faith will get you and family through it.

Jen Gallacher said...

I'm just so, so sorry, Teresa! My heart just aches for you and your family. We will keep you all in our prayers!

J. Creations said...

Words can't express the sadness I feel for your family. Let me know how I can help your family in anyway. I'm just a phone call away.

DeAnn said...

Teresa, my whole family will be saying prayers every night for Ty and your family. God will always be with you, Ty and your family to help guide you! Always be as positive as you can! Love you Teresa!

Laurel said...

So sorry Teresa! Hugs to you and your family.

TINA said...

You don't know me, but I am so sorry! I don't understand how you can have faith and hope at a time like this over and over and over...but it is inspirational that you do. Keep it up you weirdo :) Use your support system!

Kim M said...

I am beyond words, just know that you have many people praying for you and your family on a daily basis.

Rhonda Van Ginkel said...

I am so sorry to read that this has happened. I've been praying on your family from here in MN as many others are. You are spot on in keeping that positive outlook!

Praying for a match and that this will be successful for him - strength, love and peace for your entire family as you navigate this difficult journey. (((Hugs))) to you all!

Scrappin' Diva said...

Teresa, my heart aches for you and your family and what you guys are going through. I will pray and send all my love to you and your family as you go through this difficult time. Keep strong and believe in your love of Him

debbie said...
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debbie said...

My heart my thoughts and my prayers are with you all.

Virginia said...

Thinking of you and your family as you embark on this new challenge. My prayers are with you all!

Christine said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. I'm so sad you have to face this again.

Rosie said...

We all love you, too, Teresa! I'm praying for Ty, for you, and for your family everyday.

gela said...

hoping, wishing, praying for your sweet husband and your family

joaleks said...

Teresa, my thoughts are with you and your family in these hard times...:(

Kelly Jean said...

Teresa, I read this post with a heavy heart. I prayed for you and your family even though "the lines are blurry" when it comes to our religion and beliefs. I prayed that if there is anyone that deserved a miracle, it was Ty. I will continue to think and pray for your family. I think I told this story already, but I have a friend who had a severe brain tumor. The time between when she found out she had this and when she went through chemo and lost her hair was drastically quick. But she went through a very aggressive treatment and, the last time I saw her, she was doing so much better and has healed. I believe in miracles and I hope you have one. Please keep us updated. We all love you so much!

Theresa said...

I am so sorry for your situation. I had so hoped that it was all behind you. Stay strong in your faith and maintain your hope. I will continue to pray for you.

Tracy said...

I am truly very sorry to hear this news. Please know that we are praying for your family. God is great, and continue to have faith in Him.

Michelle Clark said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I know you are devastated. I will continue to pray!

jcobb said...

HOPE...such a small word that means everything to those of us who fight through this terrible journey called cancer. My heart aches for you both so much. I have been in your shoes and had the doctors give us a bad report so many times when we thought things were going so well. Those horrible lows after wonderful highs can hurt so badly. Keep the faith and the HOPE most of all. I will keep Ty, you and the children in my prayers and send positive vibes your way constantly. And please, do be honest with everyone. Especially the children, they are such resilient creatures and can be much stronger than we realize. You WILL need their support along this difficult road. I speak from experience as we fought my husband's battle against brain cancer for almost 6 years. Love to you all.

Joyce Goettler said...

All I can say is that I'm sooo sorry Teresa - and you all are in my prayers. Went through this with my mother so I know how you are feeling. so sorry :(

Lydibel said...

My dear friend you keep hopping that we will keep praying.
Some times is not what we want is what HE wants for us.

jcobb said...

If you haven't done anything like this, check this website out. It is amazing and a great way to let you, and others that you allow, to post updates about TY for family and friends. And it's totally free. It was a lifesaver for me during my husband's brain cancer, not to have to make all of those long-distance phone calls.

Steph said...

Teresa, first let me say I am so sorry to hear your news and I will be praying for all of you and for God to continue to strengthen you and your family with his grace to face whatever comes. I also want to thank you. Thank you for sharing your honest feelings and giving us the opportunity to be a part of your life in the form of a support group and as friends. Your hope and faith are such an inspiration to me and I am sure to so many more. I want to share a part of a song that has been a point of hope for me many times and I hope it will shine a little ray of sunshine in your direction..
" It can't rain all the time,
The skys won't fall forever.
And though the night is long,
Your tears won't fall, your tears won't fall, forever."

Big Hugs and lots of prayers sweetie.

Cathy said...

Ty and Teresa,
My heart and prayers are with you in Utah! I wish there was something I could do for you to bring sunshine to your days. Just know that prayers are coming your way from Minnesota!

Amanda Holdsworth said...

Prayers to you, Ty and your family. Please know you are all in our hearts!

Cim Allen said...

I"m so sorry you have to go through that again .. my thoughts are prayers are with you and your family. I hope one of his siblings is a match.

Stephanie said...

So sorry y'all got such bad news. Prayers and positive thoughts for your whole family. God bless all of you.

Christie Bryant said...

Oh Teresa, tears fell freely as I read this post. My immediate thought was that I need to get you, Ty and your sweet family on a prayer roll at them temple, that's exactly what I'll do! I have a very strong testimony in the power of prayer. My heart goes out to you and your family and I will be praying for you, sending light and love your way. Please let me know if there is ANYTHING I can help with.
I often drive to Utah to see my grandmother and can take time away from work...or work remotely, if you need extra help with big tasks. Please know I am here for you if you need me.
Much love,

Kate Burroughs said...

So sorry to hear about the reemergence of the cancer. Wishing you and your family the best of the treatment regime, may it be successful.
Aloha, Kate said...

I can not imagine what you are going through but am praying that God walks you two through this valley and brings you His grace and mercy in it.

Jody @Treasured Times Stamps said...
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Jody @Treasured Times Stamps said...

Teresa, this is Jody Stacy with Treasured Times Rubber Stamps. I met you at CHA in anaheim CA, in January. I'm so sorry I to hear about your husband. I can't imagine what you and your family are going through right now. I can only pray that the cancer goes away and your lives get back to normal. You have a lot of family & friends who love you and who will stick by your side. I will be praying for you and your family. Sending prayers and hugs your way!!! Stay strong!!!

Jen said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Queenbanana said...

With prayers and hugs.

Jean Moore said...

I am hopeful that your postive outlook and energy creates the positive results of the therapies. Bless you and Ty and your entire family. My heart breaks knowing you have to go through this daily.

Andrea Amu said...

Love and prayers for Ty, you and your family!! Praying and hoping for the best!

Bambi Pro said...

Prayers to you and your family. Keeping positive thoughts for all of you.

Tegan said...

I am so very sorry to hear this! Thanks for keeping us updated. You have a lot of fans that care about you and your family very much, myself included. ((Big Hugs))

Suzanne said...

I am so sorry to hear of this. Your strength will carry you through, and sending prayers your way. May God hold both your hands.

Kathy Renz said...

Your faith is truly a gift that will get you through each day. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Renz said...

Your faith is truly a gift that will get you through each day. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cathy said...

Crying tears for you and your family...may God wrap you in his arms and keep you close and guide you on this journey. Prayers and hugs for all of you!

Philippa said...

Teresa honey, I tried to comment yesterday but my machine wouldn't let me! I had tears pouring down my face when I was reading your post and I'm thinking of you all 24/7. I send ALL of my extra strength, strong hopeful thoughts and much love to you all. You are such a gorgeous family and hope and strength radiates from you. xxx

:: Lindy :: said...

You, Ty, and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, Teresa! Please encourage people to get on the marrow donor registry! They can go to to learn more. Here is a link to social media badges - I just added one to my blog:

Dee Fisher said...

Prayers for your sweet husband and for you and the family. It is hard to be strong in the middle of a storm but keep believing.

paula riehl said...

I will be praying for your husband, your family, and you to get through this hard time. Take Care.

paula riehl said...

I will be praying for your husband, your family, and you to get through this hard time. Take Care.

Carol said...

H OPE - Hold On Praying Expectantly
Praying for your family

Connie Wallenbrock said...

Continuing to pray for your family. Asking God to watch over you and keep you strong. Sending much love.

Evy Raven said...

Keep the faith and hope. Hugs

Anonymous said...

Dear Teresa, we think of you and your family.
With all your heart,
Michaela , Andrea
and the entire Family.

Tracey said...

I am so sorry your family is going through this Teresa!! My thoughts are with you all and especially Ty!

Ms. Lucie said...

It is so hard to watch you going through this. I feel so honored that you are sharing such deep and personal feelings. I know you know this, but we all love you and your family so much and will continue to stand by you, praying for that miracle that only He can give! Major hugs to you all

Scrapbooking and Stamping with Michelle said...

Stay strong! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Deborah Hull said...

Go to and find testing in your area. I'm on the registry but have never been called. Deb

Deborah Hull said... is the national registry. You can find local test sites through the website. I've been on the registry for a number of years but have never been called.

Deborah Hull said...

Teresa, my prayers are with you and your family. Keep the faith. I'm on the registry. Will pray for a match for Ty is found. For others reading that would like to be tested, go to to find testing in your area.

Dria said...

Big *sigh* prayers and hugs

Jean Bullock said...

Checked out the Be The Match website. I am too old to participate. My prayers will have to do. You and Ty are often in my thoughts. I will continue to pray for you. So sorry.

Kazumi Edwards said...
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Kazumi Edwards said...

I will be praying for you and your family...God is Awesome! "Be still and know that I'm God"..He cares and love you and your family more than you guys can ever imagine.

Jill said...

You are all in my prayers!

Linda said...

May you all know that many prayers are coming your way. Hugs to you and your family.

TracyM #6773 said...

My heart goes out to you all Teresa!!!
I hope that Ty's sister or brother can be donors, that the transplant can proceed very soon and that this aggressive treatment will WIN the battle and have him on the road to recovery soon.
I will add my 1,000% to your HOPE and KNOW that everyone else will too!!!

Suzette said...

Teresa, thanks for sharing the update on Ty. You know everyone is praying for Ty and your family. You are truly an inspiration to us all for your dedication in your faith and trust in the Lord. Thanks so much for being so real. Thanks also for coming to Whim So Doodle to teach before HSN show in June. I just got word it's SOLD OUT!

Sabrina said...

Horrible news. I wish only the best for you and your family. Have faith he will beat this.

antenucci said...

You and your family on my heart often and praying. Thank you for sharing that our choice is to be bitter or better - life hasn't given me what I thought it should either, and I have been struggling. But I am choosing better, that rings in my head constantly now, thank you!

Kristie W. said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Ty, you and your family as you fight this battle.

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