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2/19/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support, prayers, and words of encouragement. Thank you for visiting. January 9, 2017 Matt had a colonoscopy that revealed concerning results. Pathology confirmed colorectal cancer. Friends and family began to pray and help us find the best medical care. Long story short, great doctors at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas directed Matt to get chemo and radiation prior to surgery. We are pleased with our local oncology doctors at Highlands Oncology Group here in Northwest Arkansas. Matt will start daily chemo and radiation on February 13th for 6 weeks (Monday through Friday, weekends off!). Matt will then wait 6-8 weeks to recuperate before surgery take place in the latter part of May. We are calling this God's perfect timing! Matt will get to finish the semester including the Walton College graduation ceremony! From Day 1, Matt has been cracking jokes about this health challenge. "Wow, this is gonna be a real pain in the butt!" I'm grateful for his sense of humor that helps us get through the hard moments. But, what really carries us through is knowing that our Good God is watching over every detail of our lives. He has a plan, and it is for our good. We need not fear. His Word is full of promises. We put our hope and trust in Jesus. We never dreamed this would be our start to a new year, but here we go! None of us know what tomorrow holds. We are learning to embrace TODAY and make the most of it. We are learning about surrender, and trust, and humility. We are truly amazed by all the love, support, prayers and acts of kindness you have shown us. We are so very grateful for you.