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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about our son, Matthew. Get started by reading about Matthew's birth story and the introduction to our website, My Story.

Please visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook. And, as always, thank you for all the prayers and well wishes!



Our son, Matthew Edward, was born on March 31, approximately four months before his due date of July 21. He weighed one pound, five ounces and measured 11.5 inches in length. In making his early arrival, Matthew has, from the start, proven to be quite a fighter and an inspiration. We can't imagine our lives, and our family, without him!

The week leading up to Matthew's birth was an eventful one. Chris and I were in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Chris was speaking at a conference. On our second evening in Scottsdale, we attended a spring training baseball game. Near the middle of the game, I began to have a spontaneous placental abruption, where the placenta begins to detach before the baby is born. After leaving the game via ambulence, we were admitted to a hospital in Scottsdale. Despite the wonderful doctors and nurses there, we were anxious to get home. After the doctors were able to stablize the bleeding for five days, we flew back to Kansas City on a direct flight and headed to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Two nights later, the placental abruption continued to worsen, causing my water to break. Matthew was born about 25 hours later via emergency C-section at 24 weeks gestation. He made a strong entrance from the start, surprising the doctors by crying and attempting to breathe on his own. We were so proud!

We have been told that the survival rate for 24-weekers is about 40%, although the odds are even better in OPR's amazing NICU. So far, it appears that Matthew is determined to be in that 40%. Even with Matthew's strong start, we will need at least four months in the NICU - and countless tests, scans and medical procedures - before we can take our little guy home. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and thank you for all your support! We could not make it through this difficult time without our friends and family.  

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Christopher Gonzalez posted a new journal entry.

Matthew is TWO!  And, we are feeling the full force of the “Terrible Two’s” – and it is pretty entertaining, to say the least.  It may not be the best method to ... Read more

Joseph Gonzalez signed Matthew's Guestbook.

Hope all is well with everyone in Kansas!..from your family in Torrance, California!Love, Debbie and Joe and kids! Read more

Kristen Snider signed Matthew's Guestbook.

Oh Katie! Who woulda thought?!!??! A miracle on top of a miracle, on top of a miracle, after yet another miracle? God is Great! Soooo happy to hear all of the amazing ... Read more

Sascha Nichols signed Matthew's Guestbook.

Thanks so much for the update!!  What beautiful family you guys have.  Love, Sascha Read more

Christopher Gonzalez posted a new journal entry.

Matthew is TWO!  And, we are feeling the full force of the “Terrible Two’s” – and it is pretty entertaining, to say the least.  It may not be the best method to ... Read more

Becky Petereit signed Matthew's Guestbook.

What a miracle indeed and I love the most recent photos!  Made my whole day to read this!  Happy Thanksgiving indeed!  :-) Love you all! Becky, John, Sienna & Sophia Read more

Joseph Gonzalez signed Matthew's Guestbook.

WOW!! A Truly amazing story! A wonderful "Miracle" Baby!!  It brightens my soul to hear how great Matthew is doing! Praise The LORD!!   Love, Joe, Debbie ... Read more

Holly OKeefe signed Matthew's Guestbook.

Katie - I'm so glad Matthew continues to thrive!  He is a miracle, and a cute one at that!  Congrats on the birth of your daughter, Grace.  What a beautiful, amazing ... Read more

Christopher Gonzalez posted a new journal entry.

Happy Thanksgiving! We spent the morning at the NICU Thanksgiving meal for the second year in a row. And this year, Matthew was able to join us. He was a little suspicious ... Read more

Kristen Snider signed Matthew's Guestbook.

I'm "tickled PINK" for all of the wonderful news!  I cannot get over how Matthew has thrived. Not to sound like a 'broken record', but he is a miracle in every ... Read more

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