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Matthew’s Story

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 ( 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!

Latest Journal Update

Matthew Keese Obit

Matthew Keese, born January 16, 1975, passed away on Wednesday, October 9th at 10:00am in his home in Seneca, SC after a long, courageous battle with brain cancer. The family will receive friends at Utica Baptist Church, 4056 Wells Highway, Seneca on Thursday, October 10th from 5:00-7:00pm. The funeral service will be held at Utica Baptist Church on Friday, October 11th at 11:00am, officiated by Pastor Joe Steele. A private burial at Ramsey Creek Preserve will follow. Matthew was born in Seneca and spent many years as a child and an adult doing mission work in both Rwanda and Slovakia. He received an Associates Degree in Engineering Graphics Technology from Tri-County Technical College and studied for his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Southeastern College. He was most recently employed at Duke Energy as a scaffold builder. Matthew was a member of Utica Baptist Church where he volunteered with the youth program and was a member of the choir and
the mission committee. Matthew is the son of retired Rev. Crawford Martin Keese of Oakway and the late Teresa Towe Keese. He is survived by his beloved wife Cindy Proveaux Keese of Blythewood, a teacher at Walhalla High School; his brother Adam Stephen Keese and special nephews and nieces Austin, Alexis, Allison, Wyatt, Houston, Anna Carolina, Ainsley, and Maesyn. The family is grateful for the loving and compassionate care received from the M.D. and staff at the Cancer Center of the Carolinas, Duke University Hospital, and the special caregivers Marianne, Angie, and Teresa from the Oconee Hospice of the Foothills.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the American Cancer Society, Oconee Hospice of the Foothills, or the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering of Utica Baptist Church.