|TY IS BORN!! (4 weeks old)|
Perfection. My heart exploded with love on this day. Burst wide open. And now I spend my sleepless nights filling virtual page after virtual page to try and express that love and just how much it hurts to watch our baby boy fight this fight.
He was our first born, so naturally we took tons of pictures. Thank God for that. We cherish each and every one. When a child is sick like this, every birthday, every holiday, every "first" is that much more meaningful. Over the past two years, Lou and I have celebrated every birthday thinking, "this may be his last, so let's make sure it's great!" Ty had cancer when he turned three, when he turned four, and when he turned five. So far we have celebrated two "last Christmases" with Ty. Imagine living like that. Every holiday is a bittersweet celebration and you don't know whether to laugh or cry. We try to always laugh (even if it sounds more like a crazy, uncontrollable cackle).
|TY IS ONE!!|
|TY IS TWO!!|
|TY IS THREE!!|
|TY IS FOUR!!|
Ty's journey has been so difficult. It was so hard to look back on all the photos tonight, but I needed to see them, to relive each birthday celebration. Did you know he had a pinata at his party last year? I didn't remember that until I watched the video. It was totally awesome. There he was, with half a head of hair after all that radiation, standing with my scarf over his eyes and swinging a stick!! Of course I had to support him as he stood, but he was standing nonetheless! Last year at this time, Ty was doing so well. I didn't remember just how well until I relished in the photographs. He was SO HAPPY. I'm sure I will spend the rest of my life finding myself thumbing through page after page of photos, or watching video after video into the wee hours of the night just like I did tonight. It is hard and it is sad, but once I start looking at them I just can't stop because it is also a sweet reminder of what happiness looked like. I feel it all over again through those pictures and videos and I feel so blessed.
Lou and I are just so proud of Ty. We watch him on the couch and we imagine how sad he must be, but then Daddy reads him a book about Little Pea, and how little pea doesn't want to eat his candy for dinner (because that's what you have to eat for dinner when you're a pea) and Ty gives him this...
|Smile of the day for Daddy|
Not to dampen the happy mood with regard to Ty's birthday, but Lou and I bought Ty a casket today, online, and his suit came in. Not the kind of birthday "presents" any parent should have to buy. We are all still praying that we'll never have to use them. Those would be the best unused presents in the world. The best money we ever spent.
Speaking of presents. Instead of presents, we ask that you do the following for Ty on his birthday:
- Talk about Ty. Share his story. Tell the world that it is his birthday. That HE DID IT AGAIN!
- Give your kids a piggy back ride today and when they ask "one more time!" - give them another one
- Let them play with play-doh, glitter, fingerpaint and all things messy
- Let your kids have a bubble bath and give them "five more minutes" to play in them
- Light a candle for Ty tonight
- Pray for his full physical recovery. If you are not the praying type, please send positive thoughts for Ty's healing
- Make a donation to the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation (a 501(c)(3) dedicated to funding pediatric cancer research) or support my friends who are running the upcoming 10K on Ty's behalf in two weeks by donating to https://rally.org/superty
- Send us your stories and your pictures of how Ty has inspired you to have more fun with your kids. We love them, especially the ones of children jumping in muddy puddles! Post them to his facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org