Sweet Lorane Community News, June 22, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 22, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Today, as I write this, we are preparing to begin our 10-day vacation in Montana to visit our youngest daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Justin. They just completed the building of a beautiful new dream home on Flathead Lake and we are to be their first guests. Pretty exciting stuff! We are really looking forward to seeing them and their home as well as some special friends who live in Helena.

Lorane news is really sparse right now, so instead, I want to share with my readers some words written by a Lorane resident whose willingness to be open and honest have made him very special to those of us who know him as well as those who are benefiting by his words outside of Lorane.

Michael Matchulat, aka Michael Matchy on Facebook, has spent the last two years waging a battle that all of us dread and few of those preceding him have survived for this long. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and has gone through more than any of us can imagine. He started off strong, but today, as you will see, he has attained even greater strength, wisdom and insight… but I’ll let Michael tell it in his own words…

Michael Matchulat pic

“About two years ago, my perspective on everything was forced to change. I used to be a regular grain of sand in the mass of the universe, but now my goal is to not cause irritation by blowing into someone’s eye.

“My team (of doctors) has biopsied, poked, cut, glued, scanned and implanted countless items, and regrown parts of me (some several times) to make me part of the 5% who live to 24 months with this much cancer. I won this battle, but the war is far from over.

“The most shocking element for me is how much this disease has become a part of me. I never wanted that; I was always told never to let something define you. Well, this is a big one and it’s who I am now.

“People often wonder what would happen if they were shot, stabbed, in a car crash, or lost their previous abilities. Well, I know what happens in my reality, and I’ll tell you… The outpouring of support is overwhelming. Don’t test it. Two percent of original patients live to 5 years, so that’s a new goal for me.

“In the blink of the eye I’ve watched friends die, go from terminal to independent, and watched as conversation mates struggle to comprehend what I’m going through and try to give certain advice straight from their chocolate starfish.

“We all have our struggles in life; we can’t compare those with each other. Just don’t try to make death and living a competition. Do it your own way and be happy you found out how. We are all beating to a different metronome.

“My team and I have some significant battles coming up very soon and I hope the last two years were a good warm up and preparation for the great things to come for us all.

“Yeehaw!”

Please feel free to share his words with others. Thank you, Michael.

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