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After a couple months of changes in digestion unrelieved by dietary changes, accompanied by pain and weight loss, Matt had a consultation with a GI specialist. He was thinking Matt likely had an inflammatory bowel disease, like colitis or crohn's disease, and he recommended a colonoscopy sooner than later. Two days later, Matt underwent colonoscopy that unfortunately, and shockingly, revealed a large tumor obstructing his sigmoid colon. We were told it was likely colon cancer. In that instant, our world changed. At age 38, this was not on our radar, this is not part of the plan. Matt immediately was referred to a surgeon for further diagnostic tests and imaging. Within one week of the colonoscopy and after a myriad of appointments, we learned that Matt had stage 4 colon cancer with metastatic spread to the liver. On December 18th, Matt underwent surgery to remove the tumor, affected portion of colon, lymph nodes, and had placement of a port a cath for chemo treatments. He was an all-star patient, motivated by the "no visitor policy" to get back home quickly, and was discharged from the hospital on December 20th. Over the holidays, Matt continued to heal from surgery, enjoyed time with family, and worked on gaining strength to face the next part of the healing journey.
We have been humbled by the outpouring of love and support during this time. We cannot adequately express our gratitude for our incredible friends and family. We are in awe, much love.