Matthew M.

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Member Since: Jan 9th, 2015

My name is Matthew. I am a Liver Transplant recipient, Lymphoma Cancer Survivor, CMV survivor and living with Pulmonary Hypertension. I was born and raised in Boston as a healthy child until the age of 4 where my medical complications began. Today, I am living a healthy life with a blessed family and a loving group of friends. The smiles we share together have helped me through my journey and, today, My hope is that my story inspires young people and their parents to stay positive and power through their condition.
Liver Cancer - 360Interviews

Part 17: Recovering from Third Illness

Matthew describes the rebuilding period after starting a new treatment for his tumors.  The treatment seemed to be working, as CT scans reveal...

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Part 18: Experience at the Hospital

Matthew recalls his experience at the hospital while receiving treatment for his tumors.  The atmosphere was perfect for children, and it help...

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Part 19: Hepatopulmonary Syndrome Diagnosis

Matthew describes the circumstances surrounding his diagnosis of hepatopulmonary syndrome- a fairly common problem for post-transplant recipients. ...

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Multiple Myeloma - Communicating To Family And Friends

Climbing The Mountain: What Support Means to a Friend.

This segment will be a bit shorter than the last. This is because, thankfully, this instance was not long term. It was for about a school year that...

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Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) - 360Interviews

Part 27: After Hepatopulmonary Syndrome

Matthew recalls going to the hospital one day in high school after his hands turned blue.  His hepatopulmonary syndrome had gotten worse, and ...

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Part 28: Life in High School and College

Matthew talks about what life was like in high school.  He struggled academically, but he persevered and managed to graduate.  A broadcas...

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Part 29: College Life and Motivation

Matthew discusses his double life at school.  Somewhat reclusive and quiet in the classroom versus vibrant and gifted in extracarriculars such...

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Testicular Cancer - Communicating To Family And Friends

Climbing The Mountain: What Support Means to a Friend.

This segment will be a bit shorter than the last. This is because, thankfully, this instance was not long term. It was for about a school year that...

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Misc. Stories - Motivation & Support

My friend. My side kick.

I will soon write about my personal struggles, concerning my health history. But first, I want to open your eyes to someone who I admire and couldn't ...

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Quotes that I repeat in my head, when feeling down or leading a crew of artists

I think about these all the time when going into a creative process or feeling like everything and everyone is against me. "Accepting something i...

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Misc. Stories - Living And Working With My Condition

An Article Written About ME

This article was written by a Boston newspaper for my graduation. I was recognized as an unsung hero by the school for my accomplishments and health.

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Misc. Stories - Lifestyle Changes

Trauma and My Saving Grace

Let me share with you how I have been able to overcome my severe anxiety and feeling physically and emotionally vulnerable.

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Misc. Stories - Preparing For The Future

Talking to your Doctors

What you should know

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Misc. Stories - Caring For A Loved One

Your friends can heal your condition

Your friends can heal your condition Literally, no, they cannot. But they can do something wonderful that makes you forget about the past 20...

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Misc. Stories - 360Interviews

Part 1 - Life Growing Up

In this first installment of his 360 Interview, Matthew reflects on what his life was like growing up.

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Part 10: Portal Hypertension Diagnosis

Matthew talks about getting sick again soon after recovering from liver failure.  The diagnosis was portal vein hypertension, whic...

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Part 11: Reaction as a Kid

Matthew talks about his social experiences as the "sickly one" in elementary school.  He was subjected to some bullying and isolatio...

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Part 12: Help and Support

Matthew recalls some of the sources of love and support during his recovery period.  His family members were the primary actors in this role, ...

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Part 13: Limitations Through Recovery

Matthew discusses some of the things that he wasn't able to do during recovery.  His parents took slightly different approaches to this is...

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Part 14: Relationship with Sibling

Matthew talks about the nature of his relationship with his brother growing up.  There was not much tension between them, except for some jealousy...

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Part 15: Tumor Symptoms and Fighting Bullies

Matthew talks about the day he learned about the tumor wrapped around his colon, and the subsequent immunosuppression treatment that he received. &...

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Part 16: Tumor Returns and Family Reaction

Matthew recalls a doctor visit after his parents felt a hard lump on his stomach.  The doctor though it was simply stools that were stuck in h...

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Part 2 - The Warning Signs

Matthew reflects on the signs that alerted his family to know that something wasn't right with his health.

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Part 20: Medications

Matthew lists the medications he has been prescribed over the years.  The most important one, which he is still taking, is Prograf- an immunos...

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Part 21: Discussing My Illness with Others

Matthew describes what it is like to talk about his condition with others.  He feels comfortable disclosing the emotional impact with his clos...

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Part 22: Am I OK Now?

Matthew talks about the question he gets asked most often regarding his health: "Are you ok now?".  Thankfully, the answer is "...

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Part 23: A Life Without Illness

Matthew explores a hypothetical scenario: what life would be like if he never got sick.  His illnesses affected many of his skills negatively,...

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Part 24: Emotional Impact from My Illness

Matthew talks about some of the setbacks that his illnesses have caused.  Early absences from school have left him lacking in knowledge of gen...

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Part 25: Dealing with Illness in the Future

Matthew talks about being somewhat of a hypochondriac.  Because of his history, he monitors his health very closely, and any signs of illness ...

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Part 26: Advice for Someone with Similar Experience

Matthew talks about the sources of his happiness and emotional wellbeing- his friends and family.  Having a close support network is crucial f...

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Part 3 - The Situation Gets Worse

Matthew shares about being diagnosed with liver failure and being placed on the the liver transplant list.

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Part 4 - Gaining My Memory

Matthew talks about not having much memory of needing a liver transplant due to being so sick, but later realizing the toll it was taking on his fa...

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Part 5: Out of Surgery

Matthew sits down to share his post-liver transplant memories.  He talks about playing N64 in the hospital with his brother as part of returni...

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Part 6: Emotional Support

>Matthew talks about the emotional support he received from his family after his liver transplant.  He details how his parents dealt with thei...

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Part 7: Surgery

>Matthew talks about the process of his liver transplant.  The surgery took approximately 9 hours and was successful.  He also shares mem...

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Part 8: Returning Home

Matthew talks about what his quality of life was like when he returned home after his liver transplant.  Things were relatively no...

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Part 9: CMV Diagnosis

Matthew talks about being diagnosed and treated for CMV.  Cytomegalovirus is fairly common post-liver transplant, and nearly cause...

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