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All About Ty
Ty looking TOUGH!
Ty looking TOUGH!
All About Ty

I wanted to introduce you to a very special boy, my son Ty. I have been Ty’s proud Mama for almost 16 months. In that 16 months Ty has had open heart surgery, another heart procedure, worn a helmet to help shape his head and has done it all with a wink and a smile. When I think of Ty, which happens to be all the time, I feel proud. Ty motivates me to work harder. Ty makes me want to be a better person. Ty is the type of child that would inspire other people to have children who originally had thought they might not want to. Ty is everything I could have wanted in a son and he happens to have Down syndrome. There are many things I am still learning about Down syndrome but one thing is abundantly clear. Having Down syndrome does not matter to Ty. He is exactly how he should be. We are constantly reminded how determined he is and how much joy he gets out of so many things, me blowing on his face, chewing on his feet, whistling and so many other simple things that make my son smile. We still look back at our first year with Ty and are amazed that he went through so much (medically speaking), yet the memories are mostly joyful. Ty brings joy wherever he goes. He is our everything. I wanted to explain the picture that I included with this story. This picture was taken at Dell Children’s Hospital after Ty had his second heart procedure. We were being discharged so of course Mama was celebrating and I took this picture of Ty looking oh so cool and tough! I feel like he would have been saying, “What’s the big deal? It’s only my second heart surgery, what’s for dinner?” Ty seems to roll with the punches and nothing gets him down. I look forward to raising Ty and exposing him to as many new and different things that we can. I look forward to taking him to his first UT Longhorn football game, his first dentist appointment, his first day of kindergarten. I know that his spirit will get him far in life and we will always support him in whatever his interests are. Looking back, I wish I would have known how complete my life would be with Ty when I first heard his diagnosis. Those were some dark and scary days. They were scary because I did not know what it would mean for our son. I wanted to protect him and I didn’t know if I would be able to. We look forward to raising our son with lots of love, laughter and chaos. One of us just happens to have an extra chromosome. Ty would say, “So what? What’s for dinner?”




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Karen Olson, United States, CA
8/15/2013 1:38:31 PM
A wonderful story with Grandparents who adore him.

Pam Smith, United States, CA
8/9/2013 12:41:49 AM
What an amazing family. They are all so close and so supportive of this adorable, sweet baby. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all coming together to love and learn from this perfect little boy. What a blessing it is to know them and share in the highs and lows of their love. And what a beautifully written story.

Judy Pepiot, United States, CA
8/9/2013 12:26:52 AM
Tammi was raised by parents who instilled this spirit of love & acceptance in her. She is a good student!

Kathi Van Etten, United States, CA
8/8/2013 11:16:28 PM
I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting this awesome young man in person but I feel like I know him because his grandma and grandpa talk about him all the time. He is their hero and he and his parents are amazing!

Ashley Colvin, United States, TX
8/6/2013 4:41:14 PM
We love you Ty!!! Lucky to have you in our family!

Jennifer Flowers, United States, TX
8/6/2013 3:49:56 PM
Lovely story; perfect boy!

Ellie Kokotos, United States, CA
8/6/2013 9:32:16 AM
Tammi - what an incredible article you have written about Ty - you are indeed an amazing Mom. Always look forward to the updates from your dear Mom & Dad and they are such adoring grandparents.

Mary Patch, United States, CA
8/5/2013 12:39:22 PM
Ty is one very lucky babe. His support system is the best!!!! His grandparents update everyone with his progress and daily happenings. Tammie and her hubby are perfect parents for Ty. He is bound to grow and flourish in the most positive manner possible!!!!!!!!

Dale Kauffman, United States, CA
8/5/2013 12:17:45 PM
Our daughter continues to amaze us.We have known from the start that Tammi is a terrific Mother,now we see that she has a gift for expressing her thoughts and feelings in writing....We couldn't be prouder....Dale Kauffman

Sandra Blackwell, United States, CA
8/5/2013 12:13:52 PM
Loved Ty's story. He has made everyone who meets him smile. His parents are the perfect ones to take Ty on his amazing journey. What love. Sandra Blackwell

Connie Morgan, United States, CA
8/5/2013 11:43:05 AM
Ty is such a happy, easy going little guy. He never cries, always smiles, and just goes with the flow. He enjoys life, no matter what it throws at him. He makes the world a better place.

Madeleine Kolodziej, United States, CA
8/5/2013 11:30:59 AM
Ty has the best support system that includes his mom and dad, along with grandparents Dale & Deana. They are a close, strong, and loving family happy to have been blessed with this beautiful child.

Deanna Kauffman, United States, CA
8/5/2013 11:10:11 AM
This is one of the most heartwarming stories I have ever read. Ty truly is a special little fellow,sent for a reason, to two special individuals that will grow and so much more appreciate the gift that was given to them, no strings attached. We are so lucky to have Ty in our lives.

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