Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Long and Winding Road

A beautiful Beatles song, and a good description of our journey. I would like to first apologize to everyone that I haven't been posting for so long. I have been fully concentrating on my recovery and letting my amazing wife take the reins with the blog. I have heard nothing but wonderful comments from friends, family, and other interested parties from around the country about her ability to keep everyone informed. My time has been filled with blood draws, lumbar punctures, dealing with a nasty foot drop/neuropathy, medication changes, fatigue, weight loss, stomach issues, etc.....

I have just today reached a physically and emotionally important milestone. I had my final Lumbar puncture with chemo injection, and when I came back to the waiting room and saw my mom's face my smile couldn't have been bigger and put up what can only be described as a crazy double Tiger Woods fist pump! I also this week had my first physical therapy appointment up here in the north end and it gave me a lot of confidence that I'm going to recover fully from this very difficult last several months. I feel better all the time, and each day gives me more and more confidence in a full recovery. I know anything can happen but I have to move forward with only positive thinking.

I have to say that I have the most amazing caregivers! My wife, mom, dad and brother, in particular, have been watching me like a hawk to make sure I do all the right things and I couldn't be more blessed or thankful! My mom travels from Sequim every week to be with me Tuesday thru Thursday, and Mandy takes over Friday thru Sunday (and nightly), my dad watches me on Mondays, and my brother fills in whenever needed. I have recently made it to the point where I can be alone for stretches and I can drive again!!!

I know my very good friend Hans believes I will be back out on the pitch again soon pulling "the move" out on unsuspecting defenders but I think it will be sometime next year before I can think about soccer. I'm hoping to be able to swing a golf club in a few weeks when they take my Hickman line out.............I feel that golf will be a really good physical therapy for me.

I really hope to be able to visit and have visitors soon since its been so long since I've been able to socialize. I also am looking forward to being able to trek over to Qwest field and watch the amazing Sounders play soccer. I miss everyone so much and I am looking forward to wonderful times to come.

I wish everyone the best and will be posting more often.

Take care,



  1. Glad to have you at the helm, Ty! I'm so glad that Mandy was able to keep us up-to-date on the progress and it's awesome to have you back!

  2. Don't worry Tyler, the soccer team will wait however long we have to !!! Since we went over 30, you'll feel young again out there. This is wonderful news, just keep moving forward, one step at a time...

  3. Congratulations! I don't think you have any idea how inspiring your blog is! I am on the front end of facing a transplant myself, and following/reading your journey has been so inspirational and given me the strength to keep on "keeping on"...

    Thank you and here's to your continued good health

    (a fellow CMLer)