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8/7/2017 Latest post:
As most of you know, Matthew went to the doctor on Thursday, July 27th because of blurred vision, balance issues, swallowing, and slurred speech. The doctors did an MRI and found a mass on his brain. Later that night he was admitted into Long Beach Memorial Hospital. After several long days, multiple MRIs and CT scans, the hospital confirmed that he had a mass on his brainstem. He was released on Monday, July 31st and was fortunate enough to meet with a neurosurgeon at UCLA the next day. Since then, Matt has met with multiple doctor's at UCLA - all of whom have been wonderful. Because of the location a biopsy is not an option and it is being treated as a pontine glioma. Pontine gliomas are incredibly rare in adults and only account for 1 to 2 percent of adult gliomas (everything about Matt is extraordinary so of course he would get an incredibly rare type of cancer). He is beginning radiation and chemotherapy on Monday, August 14th. He will have six weeks of treatment followed by a one month break. After the break he will start 12 cycles of chemotherapy, which he will have for 5 days at a time with a 25 day break between. Matt is in good spirits and he is coming to terms with the fact that it is not just "gas" and that he actually has something wrong with him. He is still his sarcastic, loving, hilarious self and I know that if anyone can fight this, it is Matt. Matt is incredibly fortunate to have so many people that love him and an AMAZING husband (Price) who is taking excellent care of him. I fully expect Matt to insist that I take this down but I created it to keep everyone updated. I will update the calendar with information on his treatment, etc. Thank you!
Note: The donation links are embedded within the site and cannot be disabled. We are not asking for donations. Just wanted to clarify because Matt asked me to remove them and I can't! :)