Matthew Costello’s Recovery Days

$11,260 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 131 people in 28 months
Matthew Costello
on behalf of Matthew Costello


While still recovering from his quadruple bypass surgery, Matthew was called to help our mother through several health issues. Then last month he had to start the process of planning to move her to a Long Term Care Facility. Researching the options, making contact, engaging legal help and planning & packing for the move.  Thanks to the help of many friends, tasks associated with getting ready for the move were accomplished.

However, between our mom’s illnesses, the move and still working with limited stamina, he has not been able to get his work back on a steady track yet.

So many people have been so generous so far. We are grateful for your help. We ask that you share this on your Facebook and Twitter feeds so we can reach more people.

He still needs help to cover for lost income.  We are seeking contributions towards our goal.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

Michael and Mark

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Our dear brother, Matthew Costello, had to undergo quadruple bypass surgery. Matthew came through the procedure with grace, humor, and courage.

Matthew’s recovery period is 3 or more months. Add to that the 2+ weeks in the hospital for tests, surgery and recovery. He really needs help to cover for lost income.  The bills are coming in, including monthly business expenses.  The time it will take for Matthew to return to an appreciable level to start working again is uncertain.  We are asking you to consider contributing towards our goal.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  In addition to his Website Development business of over 20 years, He is a professional actor, composer, musician and beloved son who has the responsibility of managing our mother’s affairs, devoted friend, and all around amazing guy. Thanks for considering helping.


Michael and Mark

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I've added a photo of my brother Mark and me from last April when we visited my mom's place of rest at Blandford Cemetery. Mark was instrumental in setting up this account and deserves a lot of thanks, as does all my family who have been so supportive through all of my recovery.

Mom passed in April of 2018 and we all miss her. Her spirit is with me everyday.

Thanks to everyone for your continued thoughts, prayers and support!
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Please forgive my long silence here. It's been quite a journey. My mom passed last April and, after caring for her for a long time & along with a lot of other life events, I needed time to renew. Herewith is my current update:

Recent Heart Tests – Quick Update Post Heart Surgery

In November I became very scared. I was experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath on a regular basis. These are not uncommon after the surgery I was told, but it came to a point where I went to the hospital to get checked out. Err on the side of caution I remind myself.

I ended up staying for a few days and had stress tests done. I’m glad I did. There is no problem with my heart. I managed the stress test better than I had in the years before my operation. The conclusions: my heart is performing at better than 75%. No signs of A-fib or Congestive heart failure. And my cholesterol is 25. Yes, you read that right, 25.

It seems that my symptoms were the result of the daily whole aspirin I had been taking since the operation. It was aggravating my hiatal hernia, which affects the diaphragm. Altering that medication has reduced all of those symptoms.

So grateful I got good news. Am feeling a lot better overall. Now to keep rebuilding the business and catch up on financial issues to relieve those areas of stress!

Thanks to all of you who read these posts. I feel very fortunate to have you in my life.

Changing My Mind – the Decision to Walk a Different Path

1989. I had reached a decision point. I recognized repeating patterns in my life that were not serving me. It was important that I change that. And I did. The most important step I took was to change my mind.

There is more to this article. It can be read at my Blog:
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Heart Bypass Anniversary (Late)

February 17, 2018 was exactly one year since I had a four-way CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft).

I wanted to do a post on that date about my continued recovery, but various events distracted me at the time..

So how am I doing? It’s been a long hard road in many ways physically. My chest feels better for the most part though recently I’ve been having some chest symptoms that I’m still trying to get a test to check out. There are some issues with my timing of paying my health insurance that are preventing me from getting an authorization. Still working on that.

It took me a long time to get back into the seat at work. The drugs they use really slowed my mind. It was about three months ago that I finally felt like my brain kicked in and I could multi-task and do creative problem solving again. I’ve been working but trying to make up for all those months of not working, or working less than I did before the operation, is difficult.

There have been many, many generous people and family members who have helped make up the gap for a lot of those months. I am eternally grateful. But I am always facing the financial issues.

Also, I have the responsibility as power of attorney for my mother to take care of her affairs. Three months after my operation I had to kick into gear to help her. During this year I have managed her move from Assisted Living in to Long Term Care. Long Term Care always requires constant attention to be sure she is receiving the care she needs. Recently she was in the hospital twice with heart issues. The second time she was in, this past weekend, they also found she had a terrible urinary tract infection. Fortunately she’s back at the facility and is feeling better, though they’ve added more medicines.

Some days I think there’s likely to be more coming at me to make it even more difficult. Yet I keep myself clear by recognizing that how I respond is up to me. So even though I’m seeing many, many challenges that seem overwhelming, I still look for a solution. “There is always a way” is what I tell myself.

I increased the goal on my Go Fund Me Account as during the year my premium on my health insurance increased to over $1000 a month (It’s COBRA and there are no plans in the state of Virginia that cover what this plan does.). And there are other debts from last year I have yet to start settling.

Any help is always appreciated good words are too.

If you’re in need a website, please reach out to me and let me see if I’m a good fit for your project.

Blessings to everyone and I hope you’re doing well.

Thanks for reading.

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This is from Matthew:

I appreciate everyone who has extended help. Thank you so much!!

While things improve physically, with occasional bumps in the road, my financial situation is still extremely stressful and it's extremely challenging getting ahead.

I finished up some projects and a few new ones have come in the door, but the backup of bills has become serious.

If you have helped, please consider sharing this link to your Facebook or Twitter. To those who may be seeing this, please consider helping out.

Thanks to all!
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$11,260 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 131 people in 28 months
Created March 11, 2017
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mark landa
29 days ago

I remember Mathew and his music from years ago! Good luck and may God Bless

Roy Kauffman
29 days ago
Roy Kauffman
3 months ago
David & Renee Califf
5 months ago

Love you, Matthew.

John Hagadorn
5 months ago

Matt has been a dear friend for many years when we worked in theatre together. I wish him well always.

5 months ago
Roy Kauffman
6 months ago

just cause...

Stephanie Pyle
9 months ago

Because Matt is an old friend.

Ed Sala
14 months ago

I've got the diabetes I told you about (and do you know anything about Bob Albertia, lately?) and I've got Cancer and have had a pretty major heart attack, but I've been luckier than you. The VA informed me that I was exposed to Agent Orange, and they're giving me monthly compensation for my problems and free continuing health care. And I don't feel that bad and I think I'll go on, for a while. But I'm in better financial shape than I was last time, and can afford a little more. God bless you, guy. You Costellos are good folks.

Ginger Marie
15 months ago

Didn't know about your heart surgery! Take good care of yourself, Matt.

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