TY'S STORY

In 2015, Ty noticed a pain in his foot.   It was a pain that didn’t stop.  Swelling increased until walking caused excruciating  pain.  Ty visited a series of doctors and received no answers. 

Two months later, Ty woke up and was physically unable to get out of bed.  He was finally referred to Dr. Lovell and his team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

 

Ty was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Polyarthritis.  Within months, inflammation attacked his feet, knees,

elbows, and vertebrae in his neck and jaw.  Eventually  inflammation moved to his eyes. 

Ty battled the pain with a surgery to inject his joints with steroids in hopes to decrease the inflammation.  He began physical therapy and used two different injections at home. Those medications were not helping Ty, so he began remicade infusions, which is a 5 hour IV drip.  Months later Ty’s body began to reject the these infusions by attacking itself, causing severe psoriasis.

His wonderful team of doctors met to discuss Ty’s case and came up with a new treatment option.  Ty now takes a daily anti-inflammatory pill, steroid pills, and receives an infusion of Actemra at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital every 4 weeks.  He also does light therapy for his skin twice a week. 

A GLIMPSE OF THE JOURNEY 

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Left to right: Grady, Jesse, Ty, Jill, Tayt

“We ask for your prayers for Ty’s body to accept this new treatment plan. The

power of prayer, a super support system, and a talented team of doctors help us take this journey one step at a time.

We are truly grateful for all of you in our life.”

- Jill Hein

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