Blog Posts & Updates

November 5, 2016

“When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit, Then I must remember there’ll be days like this” – Van Morrison

It’s been awhile since my last post. That wasn’t by design, just a lot of things changing and no clear lines of demarcation at the time. In hin...

June 23, 2016

The most outward sign of cancer is baldness.  It’s not like the receding hairline baldness or the Michael Jordan-esque shaved head.  It’s different.  The hair, if any is left, is unnaturally patchy and withered; eyebrows and eyelashes are thin and barely perceptible; a...

February 18, 2016




Tick-tock.  My 100-day period of isolation is coming to a close.  A lot has happened and nothing has happened.  Recovery is an incredibly personal experience.  At times I’ve felt like a monk sitting on top of a mountain, alone, receiving prayers, gifts, and w...

December 22, 2015

On November 3rd we were readmitted to the hospital to start the transplant process. On November 29th, we were released. Freedom, sweet freedom.


The first week of the stay was filled with anxiety.  I underwent a 4-day treatment course of chemo (Flu-Bu) to both clean up...

November 10, 2015

Today is nearly done. But my lease on life has just been renewed. I received my stem cell transplant courtesy my generous, compassionate, and beautiful sister.


I would also like to thank my wife, Danielle Christen, for her tireless vigil and interminable strength. She...

November 6, 2015

D-Day is upon us.  Today we got re-admitted to the hospital to start the transplant process.  I'm a bit anxious, a bit scared, and mostly ready.


Ready is a confusing word in this context, though.  It's confusing because there's nothing to do to prepare for this....

October 18, 2015

I've been getting a lot of questions about my chemotherapy. This was not a topic that I knew much about before this, uh, adventure.  


I, like everyone else, got the majority of my medical knowledge through watching ER. For example, I used to know that 100% of...

October 7, 2015

Finally time for another blog post. Apologies for not being more communicative but some outside forces had to be subdued first.

(Above:  Matt getting an echocardiogram earlier this week during this last round in the hospital.)


After a few weeks of speculation, we finall...

September 16, 2015

As you guys saw in our previous post, we got our transfer to UCSD. This was both preferred and necessary for my continued treatment. In the cytogenetic testing of my leukemia, an abnormal variation was identified, thus upping the potential complexity of my treatment.


September 11, 2015

There was a very obvious question from the second we heard that chemo would be necessary: Is Chemo stronger than my legendary hair?


At first I lobbied to lose only back and chest hair but Dr. Bartels, my oncologist, said he wasn't sure he could promise that. A week in...

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