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June
12
2021

June 12, 2021

Another week down! Only 23 more radiation treatments and halfway through chemotherapy (but who’s counting?!)
I went with Matt to his long day of treatment thinking I was there to support him but little did I know, he impressed me with his morale boosting attitude. He greeted every patient and nurse as if he has known them forever. Once his steroid IV started flowing, so did the jokes  One lady that needed assistance but all the wheelchairs were in use, he offered to carry her out as he had just got his steroids. 😄 I guess you gotta make the best of your circumstances.
Eating has become more of a challenge as texture and acidity of foods are now a factor. Thanks to my boss, we are using a laser to treat mouth sores and for stimulating healing on his neck and face. We are grateful to have access to this and hope it helps with pain relief! Hope everyone has a great weekend ❤️

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June
5
2021

June 05, 2021

Morning everyone! Sorry I have not been great about the updates lately. Matt just finished his second week and we are working through the ups and downs of this crazy process. As Matt said last night, he would never wish this treatment on anyone.  Although I know Matt is doing the best he can, some of the side effects of his medications are mood altering and very frustrating for him. Yesterday a lady next to him having chemotherapy treatment almost died due to a reaction to a change in her medication being administered to her. This was quite an eye opener as to how quickly things can change when your body is compromised.  We are learning a new level of appreciation for life and quality of life through this process.  On the bright side, he has become a 5am morning person and is already at the golf range working on his swing. 🏌️‍♂️ After each treatment, Matt marks another day off the calendar (only 28 more treatments)! He’s keeping his eye on the prize and we already are noticing the lump on his neck (Matt affectionately named his lump Quasimodo) is sizably smaller.   We are celebrating the small victories and know he is one day closer to being cancer free 🇺🇸💪🏼 We are continually amazed at the on going kindness from all of you through meals, texts, phone calls and hugs. All this support really is helping our family more than you will ever know! Thank you.

May
29
2021

May 29, 2021

Day 1 is complete! Only 32 more treatments 😊
Matt is currently feeling good but knows sometimes it takes a few days to feel the effects. Golf is on the agenda for today for Matt  ( mowing the lawn must have seemed too daunting) 😂
Thanks for all the calls & texts! You are all appreciated❤️

May
27
2021

May 26, 2021

Quick update! Matt starts radiation & chemo treatment this Friday the 28th.  We are ready to start the countdown towards completion! 

May
11
2021

May 11, 2021

Matt and I met with his radiation oncologist today. The recommended treatment that was proposed is 33 treatments of radiation along with once a week chemotherapy. Looks like WVCI will be our home away from home for 6 1/2 weeks as he is to have radiation five times a week. Treatments start in two weeks which allows time for Matt to meet with his chemo oncologist, get fitted for his radiation mask and allow more time to heal from his surgery. Since Matt has dropped a good amount of weight already, he is advised to “pack on as many pounds” as he can before treatments start.  The beard will have to be gone by next week for his mask fitting appointment in order to get a precise fit for treatment.  I asked Matt last night if he is ready and his response was “I have two choices, I either whip cancer’s ass or it whips mine. The latter is not an option!” I’m putting my money on Matt 👍🏻😁

May
1
2021

April 30, 2021

We got great news tonight! Matt’s surgeon called to tell him that they found the source of cancer in one of his tonsils. What that means for Matt is, they will use less radiation on his throat than if they had not found the source. This week filled with sleep deprivation along with Matt’s extreme discomfort, now feels validated. Hooray for a little good news! Love you all.

April
27
2021

April 27, 2021

Good Morning!
I’m happy to report that Matt is doing good this morning. His throat is pretty raw but that was to be expected. We slept good and feel much better today.  We were able to come home last night and that probably helped with our good night of sleep. 
Next week we go back for a post op with Dr Li and hear about the biopsy results.
Matt plans on going back to work tomorrow and is already cutting back on his pain meds. We are grateful for our amazing friends who reached out to see how Matt was doing and appreciated the group that surprised us with a yard makeover! ❤️🥰
We can not thank you enough. Love you all!!

April
26
2021

April 26, 2021

Just talked with Dr. Li. He just finished with Matt’s surgery and he did great! Both tonsils were removed and minimal tissue removed to the back of his tongue. This will hopefully minimize discomfort for the next couple of weeks for Matt. The source of cancer was not located (unfortunately) but we expected this may be the case. Al this means is that radiation treatment may not be minimized. Love all of you and are hoping for a speedy recovery 🙏🙏🙏🙏