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5/10/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Matt Moen's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. On May 4th, 2016 our 20 year old son, Matt, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.He has it in his bone marrow and his spinal fluid and will be treated for both, He will go through up to 3 phases of treatment to try to beat this disease. The first phase is to get rid of most of the cancer cells with chemotherapy in which he will stay a month in the hospital. He has chemo for a week straight 24 hours a day. His immune system will be very weak at this point. He will be tested to make sure most of the bad cells are gone and are being replaced by good cells. Phase 2 is done on an outpatient basis and can consist of several different methods depending on the results of phase 1. Phase 3 is a bone marrow transplant. He is at Unity Hospital in Fridley in Room 2027. He cannot have any plants, flowers, animals, food from gardens, or anything that could be hiding mold, etc. We do not want to bring any new or unusual germs to him.He is extremely tired and may ask you to leave so he can sleep. Please do not be offended. Also realize that Matt knows lots of people from many different places (Scouting, Venturing, Destination Imagination, Perpich High School, Anoka Ramsey, work, etc) from many different backgrounds (ie. from very conservative to very liberal). Please be kind to each other if you meet in his room. We do not expect to need much help during Phase 1 of his treatment since he will be in the hospital the whole time. Once he starts Phase 2 we might need more help and will ask once we know what all is involved. Several friends have asked about a benefit and/or GoFundMe site. We are looking into these and have volunteers to lead each but do not have any details at this time.We will post more as we figure it out. Matt will not be posting to this site and says he will probably not even look at it, so if you want to get get a message to him you will have to do it the old fashion way through Facebook or some other social media site that I know nothing about. Matt says I can do whatever I want on Caring Bridge as long as I do not expect him to contribute. We want to thank everybody for their prayers and well wishes up for our son and are amazed how many people know him.