Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

What This Little Boy Said During His Adoption Hearing Had Everyone In Tears.

A War In His Mind

A War In His Mind

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Mandi and Tyler Palmer of Ohio have definitely gone through their fair share of struggles. Tyler served two tours for the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division. Unlike so many others, Tyler was lucky enough to come back from deployments. When he came home after his second tour, he realized that he had not left the war. He was still fighting it in his mind and he knew he needed to seek help. When the time came to re-enlist, he chose to get treatment at the VA medical center instead. He was diagnosed with PTSD in 2015.

Her Own Battle

Her Own Battle

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Mandi was fighting a battle of her own, but with her body. Mandi was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 15. She's had dozens of surgeries to repair blockages caused by the disease, including the removal of her stomach to have it rebuilt later. Mandi has also lost a large section of her intestines and has an "acting stomach" the size of an almond. In order to keep her Crohn's in remission, Mandi has to have monthly infusions, and sometimes surgery, at the Cleveland Clinic.

An Undeniable Connection

An Undeniable Connection

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Because of her struggles, Mandi battles with malnutrition and has a difficult time absorbing any nutrients. Most people would think that two people that have such difficult struggles would try to avoid getting into any type of relationship, but not these two. The couple met each other right before Tyler's second deployment to Afghanistan. "We knew it would be hard, but we also knew it would strengthen our relationship in ways most people could never understand," said Mandi in an interview with Love What Matters. It sure didn't take long.

She Said Yes!

She Said Yes!

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"He was deployed for nine months, and one month after he got home, he proposed and we got married a few weeks later," said Mandi. That was when Tyler decided to get out of the army and start a new life with his wife, a life that would include starting their very own family. "We both knew we wanted our own family so greatly but didn’t know what God had planned for us," said Mandi. Due to Mandi's health problems, conceiving a child was a hard lesson in disappointment and frustration.

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

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"We tried for years to get pregnant but soon came to realize that it wasn’t going to happen, nor would it be safe for my body to sustain the miracle of pregnancy due to my illness," said Mandi. "We were heartbroken and quickly found ourselves seeking other ways to grow our family and become parents. Because of the health battles we’ve been given, we weren’t the type of people to just ‘throw in the towel’ and let our dreams of becoming parents get shattered." They refused to give up.

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