Tyler and Abbey have been on a rollercoaster ride since the discovery. Their everyday lives have been turned upside down with doctor's appointments, procedures, daily medications, and simply coping with lost time and work. Both Abbey and Tyler have very supportive families that are doing everything they can to help them financially and with daily tasks. However, there has been an ocean of friends and far away family that would like to do a small part. We created this page to funnel that support directly to Abbey and Tyler in the most effective way possible. Tyler and Abbey are always willing to help anyone in need. We would love to show them the same generosity they have towards others. With this Go Fund Me account we can provide encouragement and help lighten the load during this tough time. Show some love!!!
A LETTER FROM ABBEY:
When Tyler and I were planning our wedding, choosing our vows was an easy decision. There was no way I could write and read my own without crying and even less of a chance of Tyler doing so. (He's a big softie) We went with the traditional "in sickness and in health" and it was part of the wedding planning, not so much marriage planning.
When you meet someone and decide that you want to spend a great length of time with them, the idea of marriage arises and then wedding planning typically begins. Marriage planning is something entirely different. Marriage planning is the heavy stuff, how do you feel about religion? Saving and spending money? Children? Who will work or who will stay home? Who will cook? Do laundry? Does he put the toilet seat down? Most importantly, does he snore??
I've heard people say that if you can survive wedding planning, you'll survive the marriage and I'm sure there's some truth to that. Planning a wedding can be stressful and all-consuming.
And then it's over.
All your left with is a marriage. (And some photographs and probably a credit card bill. Oh, and a dress in a box!)
If you're lucky, like I am, the marriage is the best part and the wedding is just a memory of the best day that you’ve ever had. The specific vows that we exchanged were just part of those memories. That is, until I started living them.
In the spring of this year Tyler was diagnosed with cardiac sarcoidosis. He's had countless tests and doctor appointments and 5 hospitalizations. 2 weeks ago it became apparent that his heart was failing rapidly and today he was officially added to the heart transplant waiting list. We are so thankful to have cleared this hurdle today and will anxiously await the miraculous gift of a second chance at life as we knew it. Our prayer isn't for someone's untimely death, but that, as that happens, they will choose the amazing gift of organ donation.
When I sit in his hospital room, hold his hand or help him take a bath, I'm reminded of "in sickness and in health" and I can smile. Whenever I'm mowing the grass or doing the laundry or taking the boys for a walk (or any one of the countless jobs that he used to do) our vows come to mind and it feels like a privilege to be honoring that vow.
I knew no matter what we said to each other on our wedding day that we'd be together for life, but I didn't realize that our vows would be a comfort to me and a daily reminder that I'm so grateful to be going through this life with him.
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