Tyler - 17 year old fighting cancer!

Tyler - 17 year old fighting cancer!
Ready for Battle!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tyler's diagnosis and treatment

Hello Everyone. I am Jettie Hathaway, Tyler's "aunt" and I was asked to start a blog to update everyone on Tyler's diagnosis and treatment. This blog is intended for his friends and family, so that you can keep up to date with what's going on with his health. As you may know, Tyler is a 17 year old young man who just graduated high school last May. He will celebrate his 18th birthday on October 28th.  He is quiet and a bit shy, but extremely strong and a brave kid. Here's what going on...

The Diagnosis:
Last Monday, Tyler was diagnosed with testicular cancer, or as the doctor wrote down "non-seminoma germ cell tumor". After some further tests last week, they did find a couple of spots on his lungs, as well as one on the lymph node in his neck. They did not run a biopsy on these spots, as they are already scheduled for chemotherapy, starting tomorrow. They will be watching the one on his neck in the first week. If it does not shrink, they will need to consider removing it surgically. 

The Treatment Plan:
Starting tomorrow, Oct 1st, he will undergo aggressive chemotherapy treatments. He will go 5 days straight this week. On Monday, they will run more tests to check the progress. The following Tuesday, they will do another dose of chemo treatments and take a break until the next Tuesday, when they'll do another chemo treatment. The following week, he'll go 5 days straight again. This will continue for 4 months. 

Prayer Requests:

  • Complete healing for Tyler
  • Wisdom for the doctors
  • That Tyler's body will react to the Chemo appropriately
  • That the lymph node will shrink without surgery
  • Peace for the family as they stand by his side through this grueling process
  • Endurance and strength for Tyler as he goes through this for the next 4 months
  • That there will be no infections that develop while Tyler's immune system is affected by the chemo treatments

Please join us as we pray for Tyler and his family - especially his parents Michelle and Tim as they embark on this journey. Michelle will be providing me updates to post on here. Tyler also has access to post updates if he'd like along the way. 


  1. Tyler,
    Even though we only met through my Daughter In Law Dayna, I remember how sweet, and shy You were. I walked away after meeting You and loved everything about You. I am blessed to know such a one of a kind Youn Man that deserves the best life has to offer. Know that You have so many people that are praying for You, I will always keep You in my prayers. God has a plan and we don't know why You of all people have this but know He will give You the strength to beat this! Gods blessings and will continue to check in sweetheart. xoxo <3

  2. We love you so much Ty and we are praying for you every day!!! Stay strong and believe that God is going to help you through this difficult time and know that we are here for you no matter what!
    Love you, Anthony, dayna & Alexia