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Giving Thanks When You're A 15 Year Old With A Brain Tumor - Repost

Tyler, 15 year old with brain tumor
Tyler, 15 year old with brain tumor
Tyler, Scraps of Love for Tyler

As we prepare our meals, consider the direction and challenges of our lives and look around at all we're thankful for, it's can also find time to look upon others. Please consider this piece of a post about a 15 year old boy facing much more than his years should allow:

From Mom In Management

Do you remember being 15?

For me, the sky was the limit. The world revolved around who kissed who behind the garage at so-and-so’s party. SAT’s and sending applications to colleges were starting to loom on the horizon. I was scaring the life out of my parents while learning to drive. And I was cautiously enjoying the new to me, but ageless dance with boys that my teenage body had gained me entree to.

Now imagine being 15, but instead of worrying about who so-and-so asked to the Homecoming dance, you’re worried about whether you’ll fall down from a seizure while walking across the street.

Instead of thinking about college, you aren’t able to finish high school because your seizures are too severe and frequent they disrupt the rest of the class and you and they can’t learn.

Instead of learning to drive, you are worried about learning how to feed yourself again once the surgeons remove a part of your brain.

Instead of scaring the life out of your parents because you forgot to yield to other traffic, your parents are terrified that you won’t be alive next year.

This is Tyler’s Reality

Tyler is the nephew of a very good friend of mine. Her words are below:

"Five years ago my nephew Tyler suddenly began having seizures. During a recent stay at Children’s Hospital, Tyler was diagnosed with a large brain tumor that is believed to have been causing the seizures all these years.

Tyler is 15 and loves sports, especially wrestling, fishing, hunting, gaming and hanging out with his friends. Right now, though, he cannot do many of those treasured things that boys his age get to do. Worst of all, Tyler is currently unable to attend school. He is a sweet-natured boy with a tender heart. When people meet him they cannot help but instantly like him.

His long term treatment will require major surgery along with recovery and rehabilitation. His rehabilitation will require him to relearn all of the basics of life you and I know how to do and many of us take for granted each day. To help defray some of the costs that his family will incur, I have determined to undertake this “Scraps of Love” project."

Giving Thanks

So what do you give thanks for when you are 15 and have a brain tumor? What about his mom? What is she thankful for?

Tyler’s mom is a hard working single mom of two teenage boys. Because of Tyler’s needs and inability to attend school, she has had to take a furlough from her job to stay home and take care of him. Child support is hit or miss (more miss than hit) and money has never been plentiful in their house. She, Tyler, and his brother have had to move in with her mom because she has no way to support an independent home.

Thank goodness that she was able to take a furlough versus being laid off, because her health insurance continues to cover the majority of Tyler’s expenses. That is one of the things his mom is thankful for – health coverage.

However, each hospital visit requires a $750 out-of-pocket deductible payment and they are facing up to 4 hospital stays this coming year.

Scraps of Love

Scraps of Love is my friend Heather’s brain child. She decided to make a homemade quilt and raffle it off to help offset Tyler’s non-insured medical expenses. She has lovingly created the most beautiful and cheerful quilt I’ve ever seen. It is pictured on the right. The picture doesn’t do it justice – the colors are bright and happy and it just makes you smile to look at it.

How You Can Help

While it won’t cover all of their needs, nor help with Christmas presents or food on the table, it will take a huge burden off of Tyler’s family. The goal? Sell faffle tickets for this beautiful handmade quilt.


I'd like to thank Daria from Mom In Management for this information and for her efforts on helping Tyler and his family. If you'd like more information, please visit the site directly at


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