Thursday, February 24, 2011

Small Town Sweetness

Since we moved to Pawling, I haven't had much of a chance to adjust to the new neighborhood because we have spent so much time back and forth, in and out of the hospital; but lately I came to realize just how lucky I am to live in such a friendly, close-knit community. 

First, we have so many neighbors that have stopped by to wish us well and offer to help in any way.  In fact, one of our neighbors, Ginger, is a Nurse who used to work at Sloan Kettering.  She recently spent over an hour with Ty in order to help me change the access needles to his mediport.  It was after a large snowstorm and I didn't want to have to take him all the way into the city.  We had never even met, but she posted her phone number in a message to me on this blog and I was in a bind.  Immediately upon meeting her, I knew Ty was in good hands.  She was sooo good with him and so kind, because she is a loving mom of two herself and she understands.  It was great.

Then, two days ago Ty received an amazing package filled with Get Well wishes from Pawling Elementary School.  What a treat it was.  Thank you so much to all of the boys and girls in Kindergarten through 3rd grade who made a card for Ty.  Especially Mrs. Gallagher's, Mrs. Maloney's and Mrs Divitto's classes.  Ty loved them and we enjoyed reading them together.  In case you can't make it out below, one of our favorites reads: Dear Ty. I'm happy the surgery is over.  I'm glad you're okay.  Now that you're okay, I hope you feel as good as a monkey eating a billion bananas.  Sincerely, Nick

It doesn't get more adorable than that.

I also discovered a local pharmacy, Resolution Rx (next to Hannfords) and the pharmacist there, Anthony, has gone completely out of his way to help out.  His is the only store that carries some specialized products that meet Ty's needs.  He also worked with my doctors to come up with a solution to his nausea (he packaged meltaway tabs that I can simply put on his tongue for faster relief - no one had ever suggested that before), and he has given me a level of personal assistance that I would never, ever get from a large pharmacy like a Target or CVS.  He delivered medication to my home without payment and without my insurance.  He is a gem and I am grateful.

What are you looking at?
This one goes out to Sissy and Colleen. 
Read the bib.  Yes, that's Gavin with a piece of pear in his nose.  Yes, he ate it soon afterward.  What a clown he is :)  XOXO  More updates after Ty's appointments tomorrow. 


  1. Just wanted to send you a little note to let you know you have prayers coming for you and Ty from Ohio. Your blog is the first thing I check every morning when I wake up many times ending up in tears. As a mom of 3 young kids myself I can't imagine what you are going through but your positive attitude is truly amazing and inspiring. Give Ty a big hug for me!

  2. sending love, hope and faith to Ty today

  3. Everyone should feel as good as a monkey eating a billion bananas! Thanks for sharing. I am so glad that Pawling has welcomed you with open arms. It must have been so daunting to move on top of everything else. Good luck with the Dr's visit today.

    Love to you, Lou, Ty and Gavin,

  4. I have been praying all morning. I have prayed my Guardian Angel be with you all today. Blessings from Newnan, GA.

  5. Ty has touched my heart and I continue to think of him each day since discovering his story. He will continue to be in my prayers. What an amazing little boy!!!! Is there an address that can be emailed to me at I would love to send something to Ty and Gavin. xoxo

  6. Thank God for amazing people like Ginger and Anthony. Im glad you have found some amazing people to help Ty. I hope the appointment goes well. Ill be waiting to hear how things went. In my thoughts always. -- Rebecca from Frederick Maryland

  7. I just wanted to tell you i read your blog every morning and it usually always has me crying, i feel like i know ty and your family on a personal level. I pray for your family every day for ty to be healthy again and to live a long happy life! Is there a P.O box or address i can send ty a care package filled with goodies? lots of love brittany orlando fl

  8. I don't know your family personally but I feel that we have have had the Amazing chance to travel our journey with our children. I read your blog daily and I understand and share the feeling of helplessness that you feel at times.
    Several years ago my 22yr old daughter "Alanna" was diagnosed with rhabdomyoscaroma...a rare pediatric cancer that effects even less adults. She was intitally operated on at our local Christiana Hospital in Delaware but once we recieved type of cancer she had we took her to Sloan. I have sat in that same pediatric unit as you and walked those halls till I wore out the tiles. We meet a wonderful team there and a wonderful friend in Dr. L. Wexler. I wanted to share his name with you incase he could be any comfort or help to you. I will and can pass on info I have if you need it, We had no help on info etc. on our journey and know how it would have been comfort to know more info.
    Please feel free to contact me @ if you would like any info I have or if you would just like to talk.
    Thinking of you and your family,
    Lorretto - Alanna's Mom

  9. What an uplifting post... hope things went well with Ty's appointments today. Praying for more and continued positive updates.

  10. Hi, Ty, my name is Kris. I'm posting here because your face book told me I have to many words to post there. Don't worry I'm working on it. LOL…

    I came across your story through Ellen. No, not that Ellen the other Ellen. I wish it was that Ellen cause you'd be sitting on her stage right now. I read your blog from top to bottom. That means I started at the beginning and read every story up until now. And let me tell you, Ty, along with your mommy and daddy and Gavin you are one brave little boy who touched my heart. Not just because you are sick but because you're just so darn cute. I'm sure your mommy and daddy are so proud of you. You're very lucky to have them. I sure hope that belly of yours is feeling better soon. I know it's not fun when you don't feel so good. I'm sure it will go away soon. I just want you to know that I pray everyday for you and your family and carry you close to my heart. I'm sending lots of positive energy your way. I hope you get it real soon. Peace. Your new friend Kris.

  11. I can't get over how many people read this blog who we don't even know. It's so cool and awesome!!!

    I hope Ty is feeling like a monkey eating a thousand bananas too!!!


  12. Hello Ty & Campbell Family,

    Along with so many other people, I read your blog every morning. I also have a 3 year old son who I adore and could not even imagine what your family is going through. Ty is truly the strongest little boy I have ever seen. I pray each day for his recovery. My son is in a wonderful church based daycare and I know they would love to send Ty a care package. Could you please give me an address to send it to? Prayers to you and your family.

    Love, Jennifer, Tim and Braeden Bonesteel