Journal entry by Jill Fouch

It's Monday and a new week has begun!  Our life seems pretty "normal" as in, like before we received the news of Matt's diagnosis.  We are so humbled by the outpouring of love and encouragement from family, friends, community members and those we have never met in person.  We are comforted by the fact that we have so many fans cheering for Matt and our entire family! Keep cheering and we hope you will refuse to quiet down.  

They say family would do anything for you, and from what I have witnessed the past five days I cannot agree more.  The minute our siblings and parents heard our life changing news they were by our side to do whatever need to be done.  We can't thank them enough for coming to us in our time of need, taking on unfinished yard and home repairs that had been started as Matt's "summer to do list."  They cleaned and cleaned and did laundry.  They took Maddie and Zac away to enjoy the weekend, distracting them from what was going on.  They provided meals, support to Jake (thank heavens for his good friend Noah that has been by his side since Jake first found out), helped with communicating to many people that had reached out, stayed by our side when doctors gave us new information, sat and listened, sat in silence with us, watched us sleep, watched us pace, gave us a shoulder to cry on, provided comic relief, started teaching us how to best fuel Matt's body to take on chemo and so much more.  So many people have asked "What can we do for you?"  To be honest, we don't know yet.  We will reach out, we will need help, we just have to figure out how and when.

Now we prepare for our meeting with our Oncologist on Wednesday.  From there we will compare notes and the treatment plan with another Oncologist as well as having our doctor reach out to two cancer centers in other places in the country.  

What we do know is that given the stage and type of cancer Matt has, chemotherapy is our first step.  As the doctor's told us, surgery is not an option because we cannot operate on blood and that is where we are at right now.  We can not do radiation on Matt's entire body so that means we have to stop what is killing him first.  We have had so many people graciously reach out with surgeon's names and we will for sure be recording all of that information for when and if we get to the point of surgery.

Matt's main mission is keeping life as normal as possible.  Fighting and playing as hard as he can in this game versus cancer.  His weekly goal is to get his treatments, get healthy, feel well and watch his kids do what they love.  He is looking forward to Friday night football games (He has achieved Press Box status:), watching Saturday football games and cheering Maddie on during swim meets.
With this being said, he will probably try to stay invisible, keeping germs away. 

Once again, we can't begin to tell you how all the encouragement, support and love are lifting us up and helping us prepare for our big game.  Love to all, "It's Game Time!"
Team Fouch

Journal entry by Jill Fouch

Day 3 and we are warming up to what will be a new normal for a while.  We have felt so much comfort, love and support reading all your well wishes, blessings, love and cheering from all directions!  There has been a lot of information to digest in the past three days.  We have learned more about Cancer then we ever thought we would.  We have interacted with more nurses and doctors then we have in our entire lives.  Matt has had more polks and shots then he ever thought he could tolerate.  We have two more procedures left to complete before we can sleep in our own bed.  He has a liver biopsy to see if the large mass is the same kind of cancer as his colon and lymph nodes and then they will place his port for chemo.  The kids are doing ok, emotionally all three are different and absorbing this news their own way.  The love and support by my family and Matt’s family has kept me strong.  Keep those prayers coming, faith in God is better then any medicine or treatment available.  
Many people have asked how they can help, what an amazing village we have.  I am sure we will need help, we just don’t know how or what until we settle with the Final Plan we feel most confident with!  So, let’s get loud, “It’s Game Time” and winning is our mission!  
Love to you all from Team Fouch

Journal entry by Jill Fouch

Sometimes you prepare for that Friday night football game all week and things go exactly as planned.  Sometimes you plan for the game and the other team puts in some unexpected plays,  plays that weren’t on film and have their star players return after injury.  Well, Team Fouch needs to adjust our game plan that we thought we had figured out in our most precious game, everyday life!

After abnormal results on some blood work a month ago, again last Wednesday, again Sunday in ER, again today and then an x-ray and CT scan, Matt has been told he most likely has stage IV Colon Cancer.  This team we are facing is tough, scary and likes to win, just checking stats, outcomes etc. will tell us that.  With that being said, our team, Team Fouch will not back down, we will approach each play with love, strength, faith and by listening to God, the almighty coach.  Please say some prayers for our family as we prepare for this showdown.   This isn’t a game we wanted to play, no one wants this opponent called cancer, but now we will play tough, we will play hard and we will not quit.
So we now acknowledge what we know and that is...“It’s Game Time” and Matt Fouch is out to win!
Matt’s Story

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