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South Dakota native Tyrel Tanner was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 4. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that caused progressive lung damage, persistent infections and eventually respiratory failure.  He has had countless hospitalizations over the years since his diagnosis and went through multiple daily treatments to delay the inevitable loss of lung function.  Despite the toll the disease took on Tyrel, he refused to give into it. 

As a youth, Tyrel played soccer, excelled in 4-H, loved to fish, was a member of the National Honor Society and Prom King.  He has attended college, joined the workforce and tried to live life as fully as CF would allow.  Through this all Tyrel has maintained a positive attitude. 

AT 23 years old Tyrel needed a double lung transplant due to the damage his lungs received from his lifelong battle with CF.  Although there is not a cure for CF, a lung transplant can extend a patient’s life and improve their health.  At its wor...

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Edgemont Fundraiser

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Edgemont Fundraiser

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The younger years

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Tyrel Tanner

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Tyrel

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Richelle-update

Just a quick update on our first week out of the hospital.  We had two clinics this week.  At each one we go to, they do labs and have levels drawn to see if any adjustments are needed on Ty's meds.  Next, off to Radiology for a chest x-ray, then Continue Reading »

Tyrel-update

I had my first lung function test today.  My lung function is 100% beter than it was before the transplant.  It went from 15% to 45%.  It hasn't been that high in over 10 years.  They say it will get better with time.  It is the best feeling Continue Reading »

Richelle-update

So just an update on Tyrel.  He finally got out of the hospital and into our apartment, Wednesday.  We will be here through the end of the year.  He had a double lung transplant, September 15th.  It was a 12 hour surgery.  He had 7 chest tubes, Continue Reading »

Tyrel-update

Back in the hospital.  Had and episode of not catching my breath and xray shows I might have some pneumonia.  Bronc tomorrow morning to clear out the lungs and see if everything else is ok. Continue Reading »

Richelle-update

Out of the hospital!!!  Heading for our apartment.  We have to be here until the end of December, but he is doing so well. Continue Reading »

Tyrel-update

Doctors made it official, I'm getting out this afternoon! Continue Reading »

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Blood thinner levels are in range so they are letting me out tomorrow!  After 3 weeks I'm so excited! Continue Reading »

Tyrel-update

Looks like my blood thinner level isn't what they want yet, so discharge will up waiting until at least Monday. Continue Reading »

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I got the last tube pulled today.  Looking at a Broncoscopy tomorrow to make sure everything is perfect and hopefully going home Friday!!  I'm so happy! Continue Reading »

Tyrel-update

Another tube gone.  May be getting the last one taken out tomorrow. Continue Reading »

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And another tube!  Down to 2. Continue Reading »

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One more tube Gone!  Three to go. Continue Reading »

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I might be getting another tube out today! Continue Reading »

Update

I no longer have a breathing tube!  The transplant was a sucess! Continue Reading »

The beginning

Not a lot of people knew, but, I got listed for new lungs a few months ago.  I just received the call that they are ready to do the transplant.  Surgery won't  happen until about 1:00 am. Continue Reading »