From the moment they met, Mandi and Tyler Palmer knew that one day they would want to raise children together. However, fate had different plans for them.
Mandi was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 15 years old, and had to undergo dozens of surgical procedures to manage her condition. Even at 32, she still battles malnutrition and has to occasionally go under knife.
While Tyler, a veteran, struggled with PTSD after completing two tours in Afghanistan so he has been attending therapy for a few years to help him cope.
The pair fell in love a few years ago, and supported each other through some of the most difficult times of their lives. They eventually got married and moved to Ohio, where they decided to start a family.
Unfortunately, Mandi's illness made the process of getting pregnant impossible.
“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," Mandi told Love What Matters. "We were heartbroken and quickly found ourselves seeking other ways to grow our family and become parents.”
She explained that after everything she and Tyler had been through in the past, they were never ones to give up easily, and this time was no different.
“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,” she said.
The couple decided to become foster parents to determine if adoption was right for them, and in the process the met the miracle they had been waiting for all along.