“Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.  From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.” Psalm 22:9-10

I am a 59 year old with TS.  We sure hadn’t heard of it or knew anything about it when I was diagnosed at age 16.  I did meet three other girls with TS while in the research unit of a children’s hospital in Chicago.  I also have sarcoidosis, a rare autoimmune disorder, which I had never heard of either.  To top that all off, I was diagnosed with leukemia a year and a half ago.  God has blessed me because it is slow progressing and I haven’t had to start chemotherapy yet, even though the doctor said that the genetic makeup shows that it can be rapidly developing.  

I have an Associate Degree in computer programming and worked for the state of Illinois working up from a data input operator to a computer systems analyst until retiring.  I am married and we were very blessed to adopt a newborn girl.  She is now a 33 year old woman, married three years ago, and became the mother of our beautiful granddaughter and a lawyer at the end of last year.  I really enjoy retirement and am very active in church activities and Bible studies.  I am also involved in a women’s ministry that tries to bring God’s Word to the unchurched. In my spare time I like reading, embroidering, and we like to travel.  We have been to London, Scotland, the lower Mississippi River on a river boat cruise, Alaska, and most recently Israel.

My biggest challenge of having TS is the ear infections, ear surgeries, and therefore the profound hearing loss.  Luckily the hearing aid and transmitter that I wear help a lot.  I truly believe that God has a special plan for each and every one of us who he chose to be conceived and born despite the TS odds against us.

Janice Suttie
Springfield, IL

Janice and her husband, Robert.