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Today was a day of good news:

–Matt’s ability in his left hand increased ever so slightly today, showing improvement and regaining mobility a bit more.
–The drain in Matt’s brain was successfully removed without causing additional bleeding. One big step towards us leaving the ICU.
–Surpassing all of our expectations, Matt passed his swallowing test. Basically, that means that instead of being solely on a feeding tube, he can now drink water/juice/milk,etc. (Hooray!) carefully, as well as eat soft foods like applesauce. This is especially important good news because…
–Matt was approved for the targeted therapy we were trying to get. This is really good news. While there is still a 20% chance that he might not respond at all to it, if he does respond, the numbers are very good for shrinking his cancer. And all it is is a pill to swallow twice a day.

We are praising God. When I left the hospital, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself because I haven’t yet had a day where I felt like it was all good news since the stroke. But I think what we do is praise God when there’s good news and when there is bad news, but not put our hope in either. So that’s what we’re doing. Please pray with us that Matt responds should it be the Lord’s will and that we would get the radiation/rehab situation sorted out. We are very much bolstered by the love and care and prayers from our friends all over the world–thank you for walking this path with us.

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