Meet Timothy Michael Donovan

Contact Us, Updates, and Guest Book

Home | What Is Vacterl? | Timothy's Medical History | ND #1 Fan & Poems | "Songs Of Love" | Contact Us & Updates | "He's My Son" by Mark Shultz

I created this website to help us keep in touch & update  family and friends, and to offer support to families who need it. PLEASE DO NOT USE OUR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THINGS OTHER THAN WHAT I MENTIONED ABOVE. I'm sure the people who have done this before know exactly what I'm talking about. I also ask that you please respect this website and my Son.
If you would like to contact us please feel free to E-mail us.  We love to hear from other families, and share stories.
If we can be of any help please let us know.
We can be reached at:




Here's the latest update on Timothy:
It has been such a long time since I last came to update Timothy's website, and I mean YEARS! When I think about it I seriously can't believe it has been almost 5 years. I feel like I blinked and before I knew it it's 2013!
Here is a quick update on what is going on with our family. In the past 5 years we have done our tour in Quantico, VA and are now stationed in California. Crazy to think that we have already been here 2 years! Timothy will be turning 11 years old in September. I mean, it doesn't even seem real!! My sweet little baby who doctors said wouldn't even make it through his first night is getting ready to turn 11 years old!! What a true blessing!! Being Timothy's Mother I have learned so many things, but I think the most important thing I have learned is how truly amazing God is. When you believe in him, and you pray he really does answers your prayers! I have met so many doctors who are always so quick to tell me Timothy won't be able to do this or that, and somehow or another Timothy always likes to prove them wrong. :) After 9 years and 8 months he finally got his trach taken out last year, and about a month ago he had surgery to close the hole in his neck because it wasn't closing on it's own. Yesterday 7/24/13 we finally got the clear to go to the water park and Timothy is really excited and looking forward to enjoying the pool! 
On August 1 he will be going in for surgery to dilate his esophagus, it has been 7 years since the last time it was done. His GI doctor tried to put the scope down to take a look at his esophagus while he was in the OR this past time, and realized his esophagus had two strictures that need to be dilated. 
Lately it feels like we fix one thing and something else breaks, and we just haven't gotten a break in a while I guess that's how I lose track of time so easily. 
In these past 2 years that we've been back in CA we have tried 2 different schools for Timothy and sadly I have to say that public schools here are horrible. I decided to pull him out of school and home school him myself after he was diagnosed with anxiety due to everything he was going through at school. I have to say that had I known this was something I could have done myself I would have done this since the moment we arrived to CA and would have saved my Son the trouble of being bullied. Working one on one with him has really helped him, and he has made great improvement in school. Shortly after we got to CA he was also diagnosed with Dyslexia, and his reading although it has improved quite a bit is still below average but we are working very hard to improve. He will be going into the 5th grade and we will continue to home school.
A few weeks ago Tim reenlisted for the last time! What exactly does this mean? Well, we are close to retirement!!! YAY! 4 more years and he will retire with 20 years of service to the Marine Corps. Next month he will be deploying for 7 months, although it's going to be hard to have him away I try to think that we have been so lucky and haven't had him deploy 5 or 6 times like some of our friends. Sometimes it's better to look at the positive side of things.
God continues to bless us every single day, and we need to remember to always be grateful. I wish I could sit here and write about the amazing people God has put in our lives lately, but I think I will save some of these stories for a later update. I will just end this by saying that when you least expect it something AMAZING always happens. God is great, and he never leaves our side. 
I will try and update more often, and thank you to those who have left messages on our guestbook eventhough I haven't been here to update.
As always please keep my little boy in your prayers as he gets ready for surgery # 23 (or 24 I think I lost count!) and also prayers for my husband as he's getting ready for this deployment, and of course all our TROOPS may God bless them all!

Love you all!!


"Anything Can Happen When You Believe In Miracles"