Welcome to the CaringBridge website for Matt and Cindy Keese. We've created it to keep friends and family updated and connected so you can stay informed and know best how to pray and support us during this time.
Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and leave us encouragements and prayers in the guestbook--let's give Him the glory!Our Background:
We are often asked how we "knew" Matthew had cancer and how/when he was originally diagnosed. I will try my best to answer that question here! There is no real way to pinpoint exactly when his cancer began, but we believe it was as early as 2009.
I now can say I noticed that Matthew was exhibiting signs of depression shortly before his crew was laid off from Duke Energy, but even before then he begun to be less active and social (...you know what they say, hind-site is 20/20). We talked and prayed often about what he was facing and doing during the day, read the book "Get Out of This Pit" together, and tried to tackle the situation on our own once we faced up to the fact that it was depression; after all, "Good Christians don't struggle with depression!" It took a while to convince Matthew to see even our family doctor for anti-depression medicine (and by all signs, that's all he had at that point).
The morning after he took his first dose of anti-depression medicine Matt's right arms started to have tremors which we dismissed as a side-effect. At first we were just waiting for the depression medicine to kick-in...a couple weeks or so, right? But afterward, he rapidly (within a week or so...) got worse--talked less/not at all, became completely unresponsive, could not walk, became disoriented and confused, began to fall, and lost control of his bowel movements. That's when it became clear: there's something really, really, really wrong!
I didn't know what else to do but take him to the ER (Monday morning). They didn't know what to do either, so they told us to make an appointment with a neurologist in a few weeks...I didn't think we could wait that long. We got an appointment sooner (that Wednesday) and they did a CT scan and by that afternoon we had prescriptions for several medications and a Friday appointment with a neurosurgeon, Dr. Gardner, in Greenville.
Dr. Gardner scheduled Matthew for an MRI the next week and then later that week we had another appointment to go over the results of the MRI. We had a biopsy the Friday of that week, May 20th (the day my niece Ainsley Grace was born). That Friday is also the day we also received the diagnoses of brain cancer: a level 4 glioblastoma. So, in effect, we went from depression to cancer in two weeks...nothing in this life is ever certain--but God!