Ty's cousin James is so cute. He sent Ty a drawing of Super Ty, who is a super hero who embodies the super powers of ALL the best super heroes combined. So, he has spiderman webs, an iron man chest, a superman cape, batman mask, etc. Ty smiles so big when we tell him how even though he doesn't feel very strong right now, all of his amazing super powers are in his head and in his heart. I think he really knows it to be true.
For example, Ty is limited to only one arm at this point. He doesn't have the strength to lift it, but he is still capable of bending it at his elbow and grasping things. You would think anyone, especially a 3 year old, would carry on and say "I can't... I can't..." but Ty is constantly saying just the opposite. When I try to hold his juice for him, he insists "I can do it myself," and he manages to get it to his mouth even if it takes a while. When I try to feed him, he also insists on holding the fork, getting the food on the fork, and bringing it up to his mouth all by himself. too. He hits his cheek and drops the food, but he never gives up. He is incredible.
One of my best friends, Colleen, often writes messages to Ty that say, "I won't give up if you won't give up." Well, just for the record, Ty is not giving up :) Treatment has just begun so there isn't much to report other than the fact that he has been doing well over the past few days. Ever since his increased steroids, he hasn't had much headpain or nausea which is a huge, huge relief for all of us. He has been pretty happy, which is all I can ask for right now. It will be a while before we know if radiation is effective, and the uncertainty in waiting is already torture, but thanks to all of your love and support we continue to put one foot forward and stay as strong as we can for Ty's sake. Thanks to you all.