Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful for Ty

Thanksgiving, 2011

It goes without saying that the holidays are the hardest.  Yesterday, my friend's daughter asked me "how many kids do you have?" and it was the first time I hesitated to answer... "two."  I am mad that I hesitated.  Ty is always mine no matter where he is.  I just feared that she might follow up with some additional questions and I am so glad she didn't. 

On this day, we are supposed to focus and reflect on the things we are thankful for.  I think Lou and I are on the exact same page when we say that we are so thankful that we were given Ty regardless of how everything turned out.   But I found it really hard to remain gracious today.  Lou was much better at it.  He had beautiful things to say about Ty all day today, and because of that I awarded him his very first guest blog entry :)  That's right, Lou wrote a blog tonight.  I pasted it below, and I think it is amazing.  He really is the best Daddy in the world, and after a long day where I had to muster up a lot of strength to find a single thing to be thankful for, I was reminded that I am most grateful for him.  My rock.  My love.  My best friend.  I could never be without you. 

BY LOUIS CAMPBELL:
Today is another first that we knew would be so hard.  But I woke up this morning feeling more thankful than sad.  Although the sadness is and will always be there, I have so many things to be thankful for.  Last Thanksgiving I wrote a poem for Ty called "Thankful." that I pasted below.

Thankful - by Louis Campbell
I am thankful he is alive
I am thankful he can hold his head up
I am thankful he can breathe normally
I am thankful he can see straight
I am thankful he doesn’t have head pain
I am thankful he can wiggle his toes
I am thankful he can eat and drink
I am thankful he is home
I am thankful he is smiling
I will be thankful when he can walk
I will be thankful when he can go to school by himself
I will be thankful when he and his brother can wrestle
I will be thankful when he graduates
I will be thankful when he becomes a father
I was thankful yesterday
I am thankful today
I will be thankful tomorrow

On this day last year, I was thankful for all of the things that Ty could do despite what he had been through, and I was thankful for the milestones I wished to see him achieve.  None of which came to fruition, however, tomorrow has come and I am still thankful. 

First and foremost, I am thankful for ever having had Ty.   
I am thankful that Ty smiled until the end. 
I am thankful that Ty took his last breath in my arms.
I am thankful that although I miss him, I don't have to watch him wince in pain.

Some people might think, having experienced all that I have as a father, it would have been so much easier to have not had Ty at all.  I feel differently.  I feel so blessed to have experienced something that was so special.  We experienced so many things together that fulfilled my life. I will never have to wonder if my son needed me or loved me.  I'll never have to wonder if I needed him or loved him.  

As a father, you want to know you will be a good parent.  You try to teach your children right.  How to live and love and enjoy life.  How to be strong and responsible.  You want to know that your child knows he is loved. You want to know that you did everything right for your child. It only took five years for Ty to let me be 100% sure of these things. 

I don't think anyone reading this would ever question if Ty showed strength, courage and happiness. You also know that he showed love, but I wish you could feel the magnitude of the love we shared.  Ty was loving to everyone, but there were only a handful of people with whom he truly felt secure enough to close his eyes and know that his life was safe in their hands.   I am Ty's father.  I was one of those people for him.  For this, again, I am thankful.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Always remember Ty.  Always be thankful. 

Louis Campbell

98 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful!

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  2. Although Australians don't celebrate thanksgiving - sending you all much love as you give thanks for all you have - Ty would be so proud of his parents and brother xx

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing your Ty with the world!
    Jennifer, Illinois

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  4. Beautifully written. You are in my daily thoughts.

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  5. That was beautiful....I am thankful to have found Ty. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your family to us.

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  6. Truly amazing. This year I am thankful for having the honor of knowing the most brave little boy, Ty Louis Campbell.

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  7. I thankful for finding out about Ty. Thank you for sharing.

    Mahopac Father

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous. Had a big dose of thankfullness smack me in the head today. Gratefulness earned through pain seems so much sweeter.

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  9. Thank YOU for sharing Ty with us. He will always be with the three of you.

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  10. Jennifer Russo, Lake Grove, NYNovember 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    I am thankful to have gotten to know Ty through this blog. I am thankful for his smile and I am thankful that he has helped me to appreciate things I may have missed. Thank you Ty!!

    And to Louis....thank you for sharing your thoughts with all of us!!

    -Jennifer

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  11. My mother and stepfather came for dinner tonight. My father passed 19 years ago of lung cancer at 60 years old. My mom remarried about 13 years ago. She actually married a friend of my father's. They all knew each other in college, and his wife passed away shortly after my father....sorry for all of this back ground information, but we began talking about what "makes" a good marriage, and what can pull a marriage apart. I thought of you and your husband...the bond the two of you have, the love that you share, the compassion, and the respect you have for one another. It speaks volumes. I don't know you, and most likely will never meet you, but I admire your strength. You were so blessed and lucky to have Ty, but Ty was also so blessed to have you. Despite how difficult the holidays will be, please know that a lot of people are keeping you in their daily thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Speechless...Ty was blessed to have such an amazing mommy and daddy. I hope one day, I can be half the parent to my kids that you are to Ty. I mean this from the very bottom of my heart.

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous. Had a big dose of thankfullness smack me in the head today. Gratefulness earned through pain seems so much sweeter.

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  14. I guess the amaziness runs in your family. No wonder Ty is the most special beautiful and unique boy in the world and so is Gavin. Yes, it took 5 years for Ty to show to his daddy that you loved him and raised him right. It took only one look across the computer screen for me to fall in love with Ty and to know that my life will also be changed. Lou, you remain gracious and positive where I would be mad and negative. Your strength inspires me but I know that I would never be that strong in your circumstances. You lost your son while you witnessed him suffer and go thru pain. But your hope lives. And for that I have to say that you and Cindy are the best parents in the world and Ty was blessed to be your life as you were to be in his. Happy thanksgiving.

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  15. Cindy & Lou, Thank you both for sharing so much of Ty's journey with your Internet followers. I am thankful Ty touched so many people's lives--including my own family. Lou, your post was beautiful! Cindy, I totally don't blame you for not feeling the most grateful today. You guys have been to hell & back. Just take life a small step at a time. You are doing amazing things in Ty's memory already!! Take care & hugs to Gavin! Jackie in CT

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  16. That was just perfect, well said, just beautiful. Lou is an amazing father and i knew that from the post i read of the advice you told us he was giving Ty in his last few days. I absolutely love the pic from Thanksgiving 2011 it's truly precious & memorable...you have the most special boy in the world, and it shows in every picture you post and everything you write, and now Lou as well. I am a parent, i love my kids more than anything in the world, nothing is more important to me than my kids, and when i read your words & see your pictures of Ty, i feel like i love him as much as i love my own and there is something so unique and special about him. I used to wish for things that i view to be important and could help my families life so much, but now i only wish you could have Ty back, that's it, that's my wish...but i know Ty was meant for a higher purpose & you will achieve that in his honor, i know it!

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  17. Thank you, Cindy and Lou, for sharing so openly with the world. Ty was an amazing little boy and it is very obvious where he got it from. You remind me of this verse...

    "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    I will continue to pray for you both as you navigate this new territory together. Much love.

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  18. Beautifully said...I think we are r all thankful we got to know your family and follow Ty's journey til God decided to take him to heaven.I will always have you in my prayers and I know you will do great things in Ty's memory. God Bless you always.

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  19. c'etait tres beau, merci lou pour ce magnifique poeme pour ty. il doit etre fier de son papa. ce premier thanksgiving sans ty va etre difficile (comme tout le reste d'ailleurs) mais il sera la avec vous dans vos coeurs et vos pensees. que mes prieres vous accompagne cindy lou et gavin. happy thanksgiving.

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  20. beatiful thanksgiving,it brought tears to my eyes. Whatever it is, always be thankful and we will be able to survive no matter how hard life throws at us. Thanks for teaching me, Ty, Cindy and Lou

    Vivienne

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  21. Just beautiful, just tears, just love for Ty! You do have a wonderful husband and Dad for both your boys Cindy.
    I never read your blog entries without being moved to tears. You are both very special people. No wonder Ty was and still is so special to all of us that read about him. I am Thankful that I had the honor of knowing & loving little Ty through your blog. I am Thankful that God will see you through your heartbreak and heal your spirit. Cindy, Lou & Gavin you are all in my thoughts and prayers each day. God Bless you and Happy Thanksgiving. Christine, OH

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  22. Amazing! You are both so lucky to have each other! While at the sink cleaning up from dinner, I looked out the window and there on the screen was a ladybug. I instantly thought of Ty! Hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving the best you could. Holidays are so tuff when the ones you love are no longer with you.

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  23. I am thankful for you Campbell Family, that you can continue to show us strength and perseverance beyond measure. And I pray that your overwhelming grief will be gently replaced by beautiful and joyful memories. My gratefulness will be forever different thanks to Ty. If there is ever a way for us to honor him, it will be this.
    Chris, NY

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  24. You two never cease to amaze! You both are shining examples of loving parents. I'm thankfull for my family also, but I'm also thankfull for the Campbells. You have taught us all so many different things. You brought Ty into our lifes, and shared all your pain with us. I sure hope the replies I, and others have written along the way have been able to provide some comfort. It will always amaze me, and I am thankfull, that I was able to develop a bond, filled with the level of Love that I have with Ty. I think of him every day. Thanks for letting us be a part of your family. We are all thankfull for that.

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  25. Still in awe of you guys. I was thinking of you guys today and wondering how you were doing. Of course, you turned today into such a positive :) You guys blow me away everyday. So blessed and thankful to have been reading your blog for sometime and being a part of Ty's life and legacy. You guys are so special.

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  26. Just so beautiful! Always thinking of your family.

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  27. As Mom's we sometimes get wrapped up in how much we love our children and not realize the strength of love from a Dad. That was so beautiful hearing from a Dads point of view. Lou you are an amazing father, and husband your words moved me to tears.

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  28. The two of you are just amazing! No wonder Ty was so special!! I love the pic from last year...there are orbs in it, it gave me goosebumps!! Ty has opened my mind to the belief that there is something greater out there! Ive always wanted to believe that but through this blog and things that Ive heard you write and seen and experienced, I truly believe!! I had a baby sister that passed away 31 years ago from SIDS...when Im asked how many siblings I have, Ill say 2 and I also had a little sister that died. I remember feeling like you, hesitant, how do you answer...but like you said Ty is and always will be your son. Much love to you all! You are an amazing family!

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  29. so very wonderful to read the blog today.. I really enjoyed reading lou's entry. What a wonderful daddy. Wednesday on my way to work I was listening to a local radio station, they were asking for people to call in and share what they are most thankful for. I called in and shared that I am most thankful for my 4yr old son, I told them about ty and how reading the blog and falling in love with ty has literally changed my life and made me a better mom. I went to work that day feeling full of love. I just wanted to remind you that ty and you all are constantly in so many peoples thoughts and prayers. I think about you guys so very much every day. I pray so hard for you. The strength you and lou posess amazes me, god bless your family. I will always continue to share ty's story.
    Sending lots of Love from albuquerque, Nm
    Patricia G. And family

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  30. Beautiful! You are all so blessed. I am so thankful Ty was your son and you were his parents. You all fought so hard and loved loved loved! You have so much beauty and love that shines through all the sadness. You are incredible people. Gavin is a very lucky little boy to have a life with you all and to be Tys brother. Peace n love. Lora

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  31. God bless you now,always and through this holiday season. It was so nice to hear your words Lou. I am thankful to the Campbell Family. I thought of you all alot yesterday and pretty much everyday.
    Shawna
    Millbrook, ny

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  32. Morning,

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts & recollections about " SuperTy." Thank you for sharing Ty's courageous & heartfelt journey.

    " SuperTy " is my hero and " SuperTy " will always have a very special place in my heart.

    My continued thoughts & prayers are with you & all of your family.

    God Bless.

    - Rob Swan

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  33. This is really beautiful. I am thankful that you shared it with us.

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  34. WOW.....just WOW!

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  35. Beautiful....so beautiful.

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  36. That was just perfect. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  37. You 2 are so amazing. I am thankful to know you even its if only through this blog. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  38. That was amazing , really special.
    On another note, I have been having a lot of my own inner personal turmoil and yesterday was a hard day. But while I was cleaning a window outside Ty sent me a ladybug. I couldn't believe it. After reading about Cindy and all her ladybug experiences I would wonder when one may come my way and how special it would be. Then right there, I'm the midst if my going thru the motions and putting on a happy face for the gathering about to take place, he was right there. On a beautiful day, in warm sunshine in the front of my house. I knew it was Ty. It was perfect. He made me smile and I thanked him for letting me know I would get thru the day. I know it wasn't my grandma or grandpa bc it would have been different. The love Ty has spread throughout the world is spectacular ! God bless you, Cindy, Gavin and of course sweet angel Ty:) Happy Thanksgiving!
    Lisa A.

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  39. Lou, all I can say is AMAZING. You are an amazing father. Truly amazing. I have no words. I don't think there are words to express what we all feel for you. I'm in awe. God bless you.

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  40. I love you and you're family and have never even met you and most likely never will. But I have this profound love for the 3 of you. Beautifully written Lou. Absolutely beautiful. What a dad. You definitely were lucky to have Ty as he was lucky to have YOU!

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  41. That was beautiful, Lou. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings.

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  42. I promise, we do feel the magnitude of love you shared. And to know that they trust you and love you is such an amazing gift. He was a gift to you and you and your beautiful family were an amazing gift to him as well. Now he is an amazing gift to so many people, especially little children who get extra kisses, hugs and a special type of patience from their parents because of knowing Ty.
    What a beautiful family you are.

    Rita xoxo

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  43. It's amazing how you can totally feel everyone's personality through pictures too. I can just feel Crazy Ga Ga's energy just by looking at his pictures. LMAO he is precious and his nickname fits him perfectly "Going GA GA".

    Rita

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  44. You continue to amaze and inspire me! At a time when so many can and do say, "I have nothing to be thankful for this year," your love for Ty and each other is so strong and pure that you can see through the horrible pain and still be thankful for the beautiful gift that is your sons. I thought about you and Lou so many times yesterday and wondered how you were getting through. I am thankful that I got to know your family through your blog, as you have made me a much, much, much better mother, wife, and person. Little things don't matter anymore, and I have been taught to appreciate all the moments where my 4-year old is testing my patience and I am feeling frustrated. I always think to myself, "Cindy and Lou would give their lives to have Ty around to be frustrated with at this moment," and my frustration dissipates and is replaced with intense love and appreciation for all that I have. Thank you for continuing to share Ty's and your family's story. Ty has changed the lives of so many, which is why he was placed on this earth. I am in awe of your strength. I will continue to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers, especially during this difficult time of year. You are loved.

    Julie
    Maryland

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  45. Thank you cindy and lou for being such inspirational and incredibe, super amazing people. Gavin and Ty are truly two of the luckiest boys.

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  46. You two never cease to amaze me! Such special people. Praying you get through the holidays and feel some peace in spite of your sadness. Love and prayers always. Ty was a gift to this world.

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  47. Lou, you are an amazing father and husband! I am thankful for sharing in your family's journey. You have made us all better people. I will never forget Ty. He was so beautiful, courageous, loving, brave, happy, hopefull, imaginative and wise beyond his years. I am thankful he is no longer in pain. I am thankful he is free to run and jump in all the muddy puddles he wants. Ty Louis Campbell, I love you and will be your crusader in the fight against pediactic cancer. I hope you visit mommy and daddy in their dreams so they know that you are alright. Love you Campbell family. Kiss Gavin for me....that cutey pie!

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  48. Ty couldn't have been anything short of Amazing, with parents like YOU! This is why we have ALL fallen head over heals in love with beautiful Ty Louis Campbell. I am Thankful for your lives and the impact it has made in my own. Always, always in my thoughts and prayers. God has an extra special place in heaven for you. xo

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  49. Thanks for sharing with all of us what it means to love as a parent unconditionally and with everything in you. Beautiful. Together...we can all fight childhood cancer. Hopefully everyone continues to spread the word - There once was a time no one would even talk about breast cancer because they couldn't even utter the word breast - well, childhood cancer gets the short end of the stick and that's the understatement of the century - we can all change that...together.

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  50. So many pictures of Ty posted throughout his short little life.. So many pictures showing how happy he was or trying to be no matter what he was going through. He just appeared through your blog to have been a happy sweet child. You are so blessed for that. Sometimes I think about my lack of patience and my complaining --over little things and I feel so guilty. The pain your son went thru and the surgeries...everything ..and he was still over all a happy --sunny personality. He is special.

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  51. Very touching words from an amazing Dad! Thank you for putting things in perspective during this holiday - Always Be Thankful. God Bless. You all are in my prayers. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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  52. Lou - The post was beautiful. I never have to wonder as I believe Ty must be being with so much pride that he has lite his own star. Cindy commented once that the car is the hardest place for her. For me as well. All the days troubles , hopes dreams tears always seem to pour out in the car. I have had more discussions with God in my car than anywhere else. As I headed to mass on THanksgiving Eve, I thought of you and Cindy and the tears did not stop. I walked into church angry as the only thing I wanted was to stop child cancer - I wanted you both to have Ty. Telepathiccally I hoped my pain would relieve some of yours. I am thankful Ty graced our lives.

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  53. Thank you, Lou, for sharing your thoughts. What a beautiful family you have. Hugs and tears from NC.

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  54. That was beautiful. Thank you Campbells for sharing so much of yourselves with so many of us. Super Ty forever.

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  55. What a beautiful loving family....God Bless!

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  56. I fell in total love with Ty and the entire Campbell family from the day I read the article in the Journal news. I am constanlty thinking about Ty and I cant imagine the pain you are all feeling. I am Thankful that Ty is NOT suffering anymore and I am thankful that Ty left this world while he was in his parents arms with love all around him. That was a gift. Watching the news and reading the newspaper everyday can make you so sick hearing horrible tragic storys such as the nanny murdering the 2 children. If it was in Gods plan(which it was,as sad it is for us here)God did give Ty a peaceful death at home with the people he loved most. I am also thankful that Ty gave us the gift of letting us know that there is an afterlife/Heaven. His wide eyed final gasp is proof that he saw something so beautiful. That makes me BELIEVE in God,Heaven, and angels......Thank you Ty....Thank you Cindy, Lou and Gavin for sharing the most beautiful boy in the world with all of us. You are all a gift:)
    Teresa, New York

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  57. WOW.The Campbell family inspire me.

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  58. Im thankful for your blog, where you share so much. Sending positive thoughts and looking forward to all your foundation is going to achieve.

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  59. Happy Thanksgiving....what a wonderful father...

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  60. Beautiful! I know that Ty is thankful that he has you as his parents. Thank you for sharing your beautiful baby boy and his story. I hope you were able to have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy each other. You guys deserve to have happiness. God bless you all!

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  61. I am very grateful for what your family taught me. Not just Ty, but yourself, Cindy and Gavin. I am thankful for that this Thanksgiving. Life is so fleeting but precious, small but important. Thank you Campbell Family.
    Also - I hope you're enjoying some delicious eats n' sweets. Best, Kate McGrath

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  62. You are so blessed to have such a supportive and loving father for your son. Who, showed such vulnerability and wrote such moving words. I am a divorce statistic following pediatric cancer....our daughter survived and our marriage did not...so grateful you are strong together in these moments. You are inspiring.

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  63. Perfect!!! Thank You

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  64. Thank you for sharing your special boy with us my family all prayed for your family on thanksgiving dinner . Thank you for making me a better mommy .

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  65. Cindy,

    My husband and I saw you in the Danbury mall the other day with Gavin getting pictures with Santa. We were with our two baby boys (2 years and 7 months) and were directly behind you in line waiting to see the pictures come up. I think my 2 year old even coughed in your face. Sorry about that, we are working on covering mouths! My husband immediately recognized you from this blog. We both welled up with tears when we realized it was really you. I wanted to run over and hug you and tell you what an inspiration you are but I held back because I had no words and you looked like you were really enjoying your time with Gavin. My husband and I have been following your blog nightly for the past few months. It has become our nightly routine to lay in bed together and read your updates. We will not read them alone. Only together in bed at night. We both lay there and cry for you, Lou, and Gavin. Ty's story has changed the way we parent our two little boys. We don't sweat the small stuff and remember to live in the present. We appreciate each day and every moment. Not only have you changed the way we are parents but you have changed us as people. You looked like any other mom waiting in line to see your child's picture with Santa. We would have never known your circumstances if we did not recognize you from your blog. We now smile more at strangers and are more sensitive and considerate of others. I am not sure you understand the impact you are having on other people's lives. You are truly incredible. After seeing you at the mall, I told my husband that if I were ever in your shoes, I would hope that I would be at least half as amazing as you are.

    Many hugs,
    Krystl and Joel P.
    (New Fairfield, CT)

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  66. What an adorable picture. But does anyone else notice the 'orb' in the upper right corner? I do believe there is more out there then what we see. I do believe Ty is all around you, just like the angel/orb in the picture. My thoughts are always with all of you and there isn't a day that goes by where I don't think of you all. God Bless. Betty Warren

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    1. Theres actually 2.... look closee in the pic and you'll see a smaller one above it! How awesome! They have so many pictures with angels getting caught in it! Sooo comforting!

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  67. Louis, your words are simply beautiful! I think it's important for you both to be strong for the other when feeling down and out. As a mother, I don't know that I could find the strength to be thankful after losing a child. However, it takes an amazing man and father to highlight the good that is still left. You are beautiful parents, and God blessed you with two amazing little boys. You both have a wonderful way of putting life in to perspective. Thank you for Ty, he has changed so many lives.

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  68. Your little boy has made such an impact on my life. I "met" Ty when his story was featured in the Journal News, and followed your blog for the next few weeks, hoping and praying for a miracle for this beautiful boy. Now I see that your family is the miracle. Look at how many lives you have touched!! My heart aches for you, but I also see that God is giving you strength to live each day as much as possible with Gavin. You are both an inspiration. I too hold my sweet boy a little longer and relish in him more than ever before. Your story has taught me to pause and to give thanks for the blessings I have in my life. My little guy is 19 months and I'm a better mother to him now because of your story. I'll never stop thinking of Ty and your family. And I continue to pray for Ty and your family. My friend in high school had a brother who died of brain cancer when he was 6 (my friend was 3 when he passed). In learning about your plight, I've also thought about my friend's parents and what they must've been through. The 30th anniversary of his death was just this past summer. You will do amazing things with your foundation, and hopefully help put an end to this terrible cancer that has affected countless lives. God is blessing you and keeping you strong. And you in turn are keeping complete strangers strong. I'm sending big hugs your way. Thank you for sharing your incredible story. I'll never stop thinking of Ty Louis Campbell. His beautiful face tugs at my heart.

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  69. There is no doubt that Ty knew he was loved - and that he will be showing you all how loved you are until the day comes when you can be reunited. Thinking of you guys always - I'll never forget your son, SuperTy always and forever......

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  70. Beautiful lou. You are both beyond any doubt. beautiful. loving. amazing parents ~meg~

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  71. You guys never stop amazing me... that was so beautiful.. I will never forget your precious little boy.. What wonderful parents you both are
    Hope you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving at least a little bit
    Michelle

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  72. That was just beautiful. What a beautiful thing to read about a fathers love for his son. There is nothing greater!! You do have a great husband and father, and although I have never met yalls family, for my thanksgiving I am grateful that Ty has such awesome parents that took such great care of him and loved him sooo much!! Prayers always!! Xoxo-summer-louisiana

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  73. What an amazing father you are...you and Cindy are so lucky to have each other and you were obviously chosen to be Ty's parents for a reason..wishing you all strength during this time XXX Nicki, Australia

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  74. Beautiful words for a beautiful boy. <3

    Kate on LI

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  75. That was a beautiful blog for a beautiful boy. Thank you Lou and Cindy for sharing your life with us and for inspiring us to live our life to the fullest and never take anything for granted. God bless your family now and always. God bless Ty.

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  76. Happy Thanksgiving Campbell family. This world needs more amazing people like you two...

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  77. I am thankful for TY and I only met him once. I have had some stressful family times in the last week or so. I saw a single lady bug crawl across my counter the other day and felt Ty's spirit and felt comforted. Thank you, TY

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  78. Words fail me. I've never known a stronger, more graceful, more beautiful family. You will continue to do truly great things in this world. Of this, there is no doubt. I truly hope I get to meet you all some day. As I write this, two hawks just flew overhead outside my window. Ty, no doubt, soaring with a friend he's made.

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  79. Simply beautiful...my what beautiful hearts you both have.
    <3 Dolly- CA

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  80. Lou....beautiful, beautiful post. May all children have a father like you and may all women have a man like you. xoxox to you.

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  81. Both of you are so truly beautiful. That is why you were given children as beautiful as Ty and Gavin. Many would not be thankful the way that you both are ... many would miss all the blessings amidst all the pain. Not the two of you. You are both so filled with love and the spirit of God. You are children of God and parents of a beautiful angel. Ty and Gavin are so blessed to have you as their parents.

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  82. This post made me cry. You both are such special people to feel thankful at such a time. So many others in your situation would be mean and bitter, but even though I can feel your greif you still are so positive. I love reading your blog. It makes me be a better person, by being more gratefull and by finding at the good in everything. I think about Ty daily. He is (not was) a beautiful boy who can't be forgotten. Thank you for sharing woth us your story.

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  83. Can't help but notice the "orbs" in this picture (around Lou's left arm/shoulder).. Ty's angels were right there with him and are in the picture :)

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  84. Absolutely beautiful Lou, you are an amazing Dad. You and Cindy are just beyond gracious, eloquent and beautiful in so many ways.

    I miss Ty so much and I never even met him, always thinking of you and your family... so, so sad about that precious baby.

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  85. Beautiful words about Ty and what an incredible father you were to him and to Gavin. Wishing you and your family a Thanksgiving remembering how amazing he was to all of you.

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  86. Great post Lou. I was thinking of your family on Thanksgiving. I was thinking of you guys, knowing it was going to be difficult for you. Thank you for sharing that poem. You guys are constantly in my thoughts and I am hoping for another Ty sign for you all soon:)

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  87. This family is so amazing.

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  88. Lou you are as amazing as Cindy and I am thankful for having you and your family in my life,if only through this blog!You both have shown such strength and true love and faith. You are 100% correct in your knowing that you have done a wonderful job as parents and will continue to be with Gavin.I'm sure there are many rough times ahead but together you will get thru.God bless the Campbell family today and always....Jean <3

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  89. Such a beautiful picture and a beautiful poem. Lou, I often wonder how you are coping. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. You are both so much more gracious than I could ever be. I'm sure Ty is so proud of his Mommy and Daddy.

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  90. You are such an amazing Daddy!! Beautifully written, I made my husband read it. If we can be half the parents that you and Cindy are to Ty and Gavin, I will feel so blessed. I am so thankful for having known about Ty's story through this blog. You all have changed my life in so many ways. God bless Ty and your family.

    Love,
    Lisa

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  91. HI Lou,
    you are as amazing as Cindy, we all have someing to learn from you. I'm sure Ty loved the poam as much as we did, pleas keep sharing it with others because it sure is beautiful.
    Always think of you guys, God bless you all
    Maria Savlick

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  92. Beautiful. Ty was as lucky to have you both as parents as you were to have him for your son.

    God Bless.

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  93. You are so lucky to have had TY in your lie.
    He is a beautiful strong little guy, he will be in hearts forever.

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