Posted on September 25, 2017
A Letter from Matt:
Thank you so much of your support so far. Without it, Cathreen would not be alive. She wasn't able to eat for months, and so had to be hospitalized and fed through IV. Luckily, the chemo has opened a pathway into her stomach, so she is eating again and was just cleared to go back home between chemo treatments. This is great great news, as she will be able to see the baby now.
Unfortunately, because of her weakened immune system, the hospital required her to be in a single room, so that she would not catch anything from another patient. Korean insurance is amazing and is covering 90-95% of everything else, but wouldn't cover a single room, only a shared room. This means that she has mostly used up the funds you all so generously donated. Those funds have already saved her life so far, but we have to ask for more.
Cathreen's doctor is one of the foremost researchers in her field and is working on a new and experimental chemo treatment that has been offered to Cathreen for her next rounds of chemo. She will likely start this soon, but because it is experimental, it isn't covered by insurance. We are asking for additional support to help her continue her chemo treatments, now that she is finally out of the hospital full-time. My daughter and I will visit her and the baby in December and stay with them for eight months, but this will exhaust all of our savings and then some. We are looking forward to being all together again, but we need more help.
You all have been absolutely amazing so far, and we are hopeful that this new chemo will work miracles. If not, Cathreen still has a few other options. With your additional support, we hope that she will be able to recover in the next 2 years and return to America, where we can live together as a family again.
Matthew, Cathreen, Grace, and Kai