Surgery: Third Time is the Charm!

$2,300 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 30 months
Matthew Freeman  SACRAMENTO, CA


Hey everyone! Thank you for stopping by!

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with a bone disease called Fibrous Dysplasia in early 2006. I was operated on May 6th, 2006  to remove a very large tumor from my skull. I had a follow up appointment at Stanford University in 2009 and had another sugery, though that was minor.  I recently started noticing some symptoms of the tumor returning. The bump on my forehead has grown and I have devolped a twitch in my neck again. So I had a CT scan done, and went down to Stanford again for a follow up. The results were shocking. The tumor is back in multiple places. Compared to the CT in 2009, the tumor is pushing on my brain to 2-3 major places, as well as actually protruding off the inside of my skull and growing into my brain.

I am shocked. I can't believe I need to have surgery again. Dr Khosla(Maxillo-facial plastic surgeon) says I will be out of work for at least 2-3 weeks. Then no heavy lifing for at least 4 weeks after that. I work on an ambulance... I lift people all day. So I will have to be on light duty when I return to work, which makes significantly less per pay check.

Surgery date is December 4th!

Because of all the medical issues I've had this year, I'm out of PTO. Thus I will have zero income during those first 2-3 weeks to pay rent and bills, and buy groceries, gas, prescriptions, ect.

I'm setting this page up to ask for donations to help my recovery process. I set the amount for about 3 weeks of work but more would help during my ongoing recovery.  Anything helps! 

If anyone has any questions, feel free to email/Facebook/ text me!

(Pictured above is my 3D reconstruction from my 2006 surgery.)
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Update 13
Posted by Matthew Freeman
28 months ago
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Hey all! I just wanted to let you all know how I'm doing. I'm no longer needing any pain medication at all, so I'm not light headed anymore. I feel amazing, I'm still not allowed to lift anything. But I'm able to do everything else around the house. Its going to be a long 6 weeks off work >_<

Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support.
I have a follow up appointment on Tuesday with my Neurosurgeon.

-Matthew
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Update 12
Posted by Matthew Freeman
28 months ago
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Hey everyone! Matthew Here! Well, the surgery went great! They got as much of the tumor as they could, but had to go into my frontal sinus cavity to extract some. Because of that, the surgery team was unable to put any Acrylic on the new titanium hardware, so I will need another surgery in 6-12 months to put in a new implant to replace the now current titanium.

Anyway! I'm now home and settling. My entire surgical team, post op ICU team, and all the other Neuro and Plastics Doctors who tended to me post op were amazed at my recovery. My pain was very easily controlled, and I was standing in the ICU before anyone thought I was going to be able to.

I'm so thankful for everyone who helped support me during this trying time in my life. I love you all so much!

Follow up appointment with my Neurosurgeon is on the 16th, and I will be posting updates then!

Happy Holidays everyone!!

-Matthew
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Update 11
Posted by Matthew Freeman
29 months ago
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Waiting for a room to open up on the med/surg floor so Matthew can be transferred out of the ICU. To quote one of the residents this morning, 'Matthew's humor is intact'. :-)

-Alyx
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Update 10
Posted by Matthew Freeman
29 months ago
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Just left from a brief visit with Matthew. He is doing very well. They are planning to move him from the ICU to a lower acuity room today. His swelling and bruising are at a minimum. Hopefully, he will feel up to posting an update of his own soon!

Thanks again for the love and support. We are humbled. :-)

-Alyx
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$2,300 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 30 months
Created October 17, 2014
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Jason Tilmon
29 months ago

Speedy Recovery!

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Michael Yaksitch
29 months ago

The positive energy on this donation page is great! You will get thru this and do big things! Stay positive and reach for the stars!

ZB
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zach Taylor & rebecca Bratsch
29 months ago

We love you Matt!

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Mike Yaksitch
29 months ago

Closed deal. Stay positive bro!

$35
Anonymous
30 months ago
BM
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Brian and Katie Madsen
30 months ago
$25
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30 months ago
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30 months ago
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Renee Roberts
30 months ago

You are a great friend! I hope this helps. I will try to donate more next month, my friend. :-)

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30 months ago
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