Determined To Overcome

Tyler Lee has an inspirational story to tell and he's sharing it everyday without words. He's living it.

He's 24 years old and earning his diploma from UNO last December is one of the highlights of his life.

In an interview with WOWT 6 News Lee said, "I think it was a big accomplishment and I'm proud of it.".

Tyler said that because ten years ago his future was uncertain.

"I started getting double vision, my right side went limp, and two days later, brain surgery."

Tyler was 14 at the time and faced a difficult surguery to remove a brain tumor.

Tyler's mother, Jody said, "They had to quit after two hours and told us go go on a make a wish trip."

Doctors told the family it appeared Tyler had stage two cancer.

When Tyler returned from the make a wish trip, an MRI revealed that the tumor had grown larger.

Faced with a choice between radiation or surgery, Tyler and his family decided that another trip to the operating table would be best. But this time with a huge outpouring of specific prayers.

Normally a ten hour procedure, the surgeon came out after just two hours.

"he told us he had never seen anything like it, said Jody. "Nerves just pulled away, and he got 90 per cent of the tumor and it was a JPA."

Which meant, no cancer was found.

A joyous time followed but months later heartbreak.

Tyler's older brother Trever was murdered in a random home invasion robbery.

"That was a major impact on my life," said Tyler. I lost more than a brother. he was my best friend."

With those hardships in mind, the college diploma and placement on the Deans list at UNO is a milestone for Tyler.

Through sorrow and the immense physical challenge that severely weakened his right side, Tyler met the challenge.

He also developed his own workouts for therapy.

Now he's powering his way through the toughest workouts that are advertised on television with resolve. "I lift the same weight with my right side to make it grow stronger. Even though I have very little feeling in my right hand. I can tell I'm holding something but I can't tell what it is through feeling it."

Doctors had told Tyler's mom that his right side would probably not be usable.

"I started out an I couldn't do much. I went from a wheelchair, progressively went to a walker, and now I'm very active."

Jody said he's the most remarkable person she's ever know.

"Anybody that knows him, they are lucky to have him in their life."


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