Posts from Matt

December 2, 2017

November 10th marked the 2-year anniversary of Matt's bone marrow transplant.  We've come a long way over these past two years!  We've had some incredible highs and some very scary lows along the way.

We filmed this update last week on Thanksgiving.  We thought it was the perfect day to reflect on how thankful we are for everything we have.  Thank you so much for all the support you've shown us over these past two years!...

February 6, 2017

It's been awhile since we posted an update, and we know some of you have been wondering how things are going.  Things are generally going really well.  Of course there are hiccups and challenges still, but that's all part of the process.  

It's hard to believe it's been 18 months since Matt's diagnosis with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and 15 months since his bone marrow transplant.  We've come a long way in these past 18 m...

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 hindsight, we’ve gone through some really significant milestones and are dealing with some setbacks that are unresolved. But as we turn this blog from an update on...

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; and the scalp is mottled and weirdly untanned as it’s likely seeing the sun for the first time in decades.  Even the untrained eye notices it. Something looks wro...

This video is an update on Matt's health on Day 181 post-bone marrow transplant, and an update on Matt's fertility and our future family plans ... plus a little surprise. :)

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Here's a little update on where we are in the recovery process and how much further we (think we) have to go...

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March 11, 2016

Here's a look at what a typical day in post-transplant life entails ... we hope you enjoy this little video (particularly the ending)! :)

I'm still learning this whole video editing thing, so please excuse some of the sound issues...

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February 18, 2016

 

Recovery

 

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 well-wishes from my family and friends below.  They pile up, but at the base of the mountain far away from where I sit.

 

Our Routine

 

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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 any stray cancerous cells and to permanently eliminate my immune system.  What an intimidating prospect. It was a point of no return that no matter how it was ex...

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 never leaves my side.

 

Next up is the long road of recovery and the many pitfalls, but soon enough we will return to the wonderful life that we've been living. I'...

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