In February of 2020, Matt was diagnosed with his cancer. It started with a pain in his hip. After an MRI we received a phone call from the doctor, the call that no parent wants to receive. The doctor stated that our son may have a big malignant tumor that is of great concern. It’s a phone call that changed our lives forever.
I (Sandy) asked God for mercy and guidance. I surrendered myself and my son Matthew to him. Then I tried to figure out how to tell my husband, Ryan. I called him and realized he was as distraught as I was. Then came the hardest thing any parent would ever have or want to do, we needed to share the news with our son, Matt. This is where I say how GRATEFUL we are for having faith and love for our good Lord, how GRATEFUL we are that Matthew had been confirmed and knew God’s words, works, and promises!
But even with our faith, we are also human, and with that comes challenges. Matt was told that he would lose his right leg, but after our conversation, his response was, “It’s just a leg. I’ll still be alive, and if I die, I’ll be with God.” That was exactly what I needed to hear to know that no matter what, he would be ok.
The challenging part of COVID was that Matt was not able to meet with other kids going through the same condition he was and is still going through. Also, Ryan couldn’t spend the amount of time that he would’ve liked to spend with Matt in the hospital because our other children needed him at home.
Then came chemo, and with that came new challenges. The cancer started dying from the inside out which was such AMAZING news. Thanks to God and his mercy, they were able to save his leg and get all the cancer out during surgery.
Since then, his hip has been cancer free. However, the cancer had already spread to his lungs, and he has been on chemo treatment to try to keep the cancer from multiplying and growing. Unfortunately we have almost exhausted the medical field’s ability to eradicate the cancer from his lungs. We have one medication left before he must be submitted to trials for his rare type of cancer.
It was also surprising to me and my family to have been contacted for yet another blessing as a family for the twelve days of Christmas. We are so thankful for the love, prayers and generosity everyone is offering to us.