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Thursday Update: 11/29/07

We are just settling in for the night…after having a three hour conversation with Ruth Lycke from the China Connection. Our heads are spinning with all the information…it was a very, very insightful conversation!! We discussed her experience, as well as that of various other patients, and we learned a lot about what to expect, and talked about all the possibilities.
There are still lots of unknowns, and of course, no guarantees…but after talking to Ruth, we all feel encouraged that there are things which could be worked on and improved through treatment over there. We are very excited to let everyone know that Matt is on their schedule to go to China in March!!!
I will be receiving more information tomorrow…Ruth will put me in touch with a US manager and a China manager to help coordinate all the logistics of the trip. They will handle setting us up to travel, and get everything ready for Matt in China. It is incredible to think that we are really going to do it…after all these months of reading, researching, and praying…it is finally going to happen! It just feels so right that Matt would get this opportunity now, after many months of therapy where he has made good progress, grown stronger, and more independent. I truly think that now is the time where he will be able to make the most of and truly gain the most from the experience.
Talking to Ruth tonight really just solidified what we had been thinking and hoping. She has been through something very similar to Matt and has just made amazing improvements. While we know that each person is different, and can’t base any potential results Matt may obtain on her experience…we do feel very optimistic that there is REAL opportunity for change here, and I have no doubt that Matt will come back a different person in one way or another…or many!
This is a very exciting time for us…things are coming along nicely at the new house and we are both looking forward to Christmas visits with both our families. There is so much for us to think about over these coming months…please continue to keep us in your thoughts and pray that all our loose ends are tied up…that we might sell our house, sell the TA, and all the arrangements for the trip to China would go smoothly. As always, we are so grateful for your love, support, and prayers!!!

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