About Me

I live and work in Boston Massachusetts. I have an amazing wife and son who are both the centers of my universe. It is because of them that I first began to feel the need to write about my experiences.

When I am not waxing poetic about the lovely topic of brain tumors, surgery and post-op recovery struggles, I am a pretty straightforward person. I love the outdoors. Whether it is fishing, hunting, hiking, or skiing New England, I love to be outside. My hope is that I can introduce my son to all of these kinds of adventures in the years and decades to come.

Ultimately, I strive to be a positive person and navigate the day-to-day with that goal in mind.  It is my intention to live my life with a sense of gratitude for what we have, rather than focus on what we may see as missing or imperfect. We will never be able to have it all, or live in an ideal world.  I want to practice this idea of gratitude so that the negative events we may encounter along the way do not derail us.

3 comments on “About Me

  1. Hi there. My name is Raj and I was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor as well back in March 2014. Luckily, we got it diagnosed and I had the surgery in April 2014. I’m originally from Dallas but live in the NJ and work in NY as a Compliance Lawyer. I was very fortunate as my family is comprised of doctors and they told me to get an MRI after I woke one night with a broken tuberosity bone. I would have never thought brain tumor, but was told that injuries that occur while you are sleeping can be tell tale signs. In the end, I had a low grade oligodendroglioma. The doctors said that it was there for about five years or so. Mine was very slow growing, so I was very fortunate on the location and size of the tumor. In addition, my tumor had all the deletions which I was told is even more favorable. All I can tell you is to have faith and be strong for your family. Anyway, a friend of mine sent me your website and it touched my heart. I’m 39, so not much older than you but will be happy to talk to you about my experience. Let me know if you would like to chat as the recovery time can be a rough. Good luck with your surgery and I pray that you live a long, happy and healthy life. My email is listed above so feel free to reach out if you like.

    Raj 🙂

    • Raj,

      Thank you for sharing your story. You are not the first person I’ve spoken with that has some similar situations to deal with. I am happy we were able to connect offline and please feel free to keep others posted. Above all, stay positive!

      Best,
      Matt

  2. Hi Matthew,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Cranial Coffee has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Brain Cancer Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/brain_cancer_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Brain Cancer Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

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