Monday, September 22, 2008

9/22/08 Update for Matthew

Dear Friends and Family,

Just wanted to send an update to you on what's going on with Matthew.

He has felt quite well with more energy than usual since his last chemo treatments allowing him to get out more and do some fun things with his friends.

Imagine our surprise today when we went in for his scheduled chemo treatment to find that his white blood count was too low for him take his treaments this week. So... he is now rescheduled for next Monday. Hopefully, the extra week will give his body opportunity to re-build his white count to a high enough level to take the treatments next week. So, breakout the face mask and hand sanitizer and stay away from any "sickies"!! Ha!

Matthew had already taken one of the meds he takes in capsule form before the blood test. Since he had no premeds for nausea, etc. today, he got sick from the one capsule this afternoon. We are praying it will be isolated to this afternoon and that he will get back to feeling well until next Monday.

Later in October, following his treatments next week, more scans will be done to see how far we have come since the last scan in August which, I'm sure you remember, was very good.

Hope each of you are having a wonderful day! Thanks for your love and prayers.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

September Update

Dear Friends & Family,
Just to let you know that Matthew's blood counts (although still low) were back up enough for him to begin chemo yesterday (Tues). He'll will continue through Friday and have another treatment on Monday the 8th to complete this 5 day treatment.

I also wanted to share with you that Greg (Matthew's Dad - in case you don't know) had another clean scan last week meaning he's been cancer free for 2 years now. We are SO thankful for that news!

Earlier this year I requested prayer for a couple I met from Hong Kong at Sloan Kettering hospital in New York. Jacqueline has been in chemo ever since and has finally seen a ray of hope in the response to her treatment. I humbly ask for your prayers for she and Stephen as they continue to face this horrible disease. Thank you.