I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving filled with lots of memories with those you love. Matt had chemo last Wednesday as planned, there was no way he was going to give up a chance to score, Team Fouch 56-Cancer 0. After he completed his infusion we headed to Hart Tree to find The "Fouch Family Tree!" Typically we do this on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but sometimes you have to alter your plan, a valuable lesson our family has embraced since Matt's diagnosis. Since Matt has his pump disconnected around noon on Fridays and feels the "hit" of chemo, we started a new tradition! Like in the past we headed to Hart Tree Farm, in search of the perfect tree! Unlike previous years, no one cried, got mad or pouted about the tree we ended up selecting. By some miracle, we all agreed on the same tree in the end, mission accomplished! In record time I might add! Perhaps the bribe of The Corner Bar played a factor in this year's tree success.
Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas with Matt's family. We had a great day focusing on being Thankful without focusing on cancer. Everything felt normal which was an absolute gift we all needed.
Our game has not taken many timeouts since it began in July 18, 2018. However, we have had to stop to measure our progress towards a first down a couple times. We received Matt's CT scan results November 7, 2018 and have been busy with appointments to develop our next move since then. Matt's tumors in his colon and liver were "stable" however, he had some lymph nodes that lit up in his chest that caused some further investigation. Like many teams often do, we called on the necessary players, looked at the potential plays on a dry erase board (literally) and were given information about why a biopsy was our next move. We then met with the Thoracic Surgeon to prepare for the biopsy. So, here we are two days later, hanging out at Meijer Heart Center. The lymph nodes in question have been removed and sent to the pathologist. Matt and I are taking a time-out at the hospital for the night, not a five star hotel, but better than the locker room. The goal is to have his pain under control and be able to have his drainage tube removed in order to go home. So, like we have learned to do, we will put our heads down and push through for a first down. We will continue to put our FAITH before fear. We will listen to our coach and follow the plan that has been set in front of us. We will continue to fight for a victory. Continue to send those good vibes, thoughts and endless prayers, we can feel each one.
Love to all, Team Fouch
Psalm 56:3-In the day when I am afraid, I will trust in You.