Day 34 – A Smile to Matthew’s Face is Priceless

Hello to all,

The nurses were very kind and allowed my Mom to stay with Matthew again tonight as he requires a lot of help and the language barrier makes it very hard for him to tell the nurses what he needs… and for those of you who know my Mom… she will find a way to get what Matthew needs.

Since this was the first full day that Matthew was off the intensive care unit, my Mom and I were able to spend all day and most of the evening with him.  Although he is still very weak and has little energy, being there all day allowed us to share the beautiful cards that you have been sending him during the short periods where he feels up to reading them.  When we ever gave him the envelopes with the cards you sent to cheer him up with, he was so taken back… he is truly a very humble person.  My Mom and I watched him as he read the beautiful messages in the cards and it made Matthew smile and made him so happy.  For us, a smile to Matt’s face was truly priceless.  He thanked God for blessing him with so many beautiful, kind, and caring people who keep him constantly in their thoughts and prayers.

All of you have been so devoted and faithful in supporting Matthew and I thought that I would share with you a picture of Matthew reading the beautiful and thoughtful cards that we have received at the hotel.

I hope that seeing Matthew smiling has brought a smile to your faces as well!

We love and miss you all.  May God Bless you all always!  We will truly remain forever grateful for all of your love, kindness, support, and prayers for Matthew and us as well.


Dan (Matt’s brother)

11 Responses to “Day 34 – A Smile to Matthew’s Face is Priceless”

  1. Chris Mendonca says:

    Hi, MAtt. It is wonderful to see a smile on your handsome face. You look great. (It’s great to see Dan too!) We are all thrilled at the progress you have made and continue to make. Whenever we see a rainbow we know it is a gift and make a wish for you. Kenneth is aching to see you and play cards! We continue to pray ard and be so grateful that our prayers are heard and you are doing well.
    Love and Prayers Always,
    Chris, Ken, Kenneth and Jessica

  2. Kim Cimini says:

    Matthew all I can think to say is


    The picture of you and Daniel is fabulous. I am truly happy to see you doing so well!

    Ms. Cimini

  3. Hi Matt, Dan and Nancy!

    I am so happy to see you are up Matt! I know how exhausted I was after the coma but that gets better each day. And as each day past I know my strength impoved a lot faster! Though I have never met you, I can see by just reading what your mom and others write about you, you are an amazing person and I can see how much your faith means to you. I know that my family and my faith has been what has kept me going. Know that you are constantly are in my prayers and hope to meet you one day in Dr. S’s office.

    Love In Christ,

    Lindsay Spengler

  4. barbara primeau says:

    Although we have never met I have journeyed with you and rejoice with you and your family at your improved condition. I loved the picture of you and Dan ; it truly was worth the proverbial thousand words!

    You have touched so many folks that you may never meet in this lifetime, Matt. When the time comes for the Lord to show you the impact you’ve had you will be in for a very big surprise!!


  5. Anne Marie McDonnell says:

    Hi Matthew!

    What a joy it is to see you sitting up with a big smile on your face, next to Dan! Thanks be to God, you’re making wonderful progress, however gradual it is. You’re an inspiration to me. I’ll always have a fond memories of what excellent and caring students both Dan and you were in my fourth grade class. Little did I know that you’d both grow into such outstandin young men! You’ve faced an adversity that most of us will never experience in our lifetimes! However, your faith in God has been rewarded, and I know you will continue to be healed and inspire many, many people throughout the world, thanks to the wonders of the Internet and ultimately, the power of prayer.
    God bless you and your brother and your wonderful parents!
    Your fourth grade teacher,
    Anne Marie McDonnell Vale

  6. Hi Matt, Dan and Nancy-

    What a wonderful surprise seeing Matt not only sitting up, but smiling!
    I am so thrilled with the good news that just keeps coming…all our love and prayers are with all of you..I do hope you’ll be boarding the plane for home soon!

    Stay well,
    The Poirier’s

  7. Charlene Centracchio says:

    Hi Matt, Nancy and Dan….this is by far the best news I have had in a while!!!!! I am so excited to see this photo of Matt and Dan…and to see Matt smiling, sitting up…it truly is a miracle and more miracles are going to happen because Matt and his family are such special people and God will continue to take care of you. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and I will let the people on my email list know that you are doing well.

    Love, Ms. Centracchio

  8. Patti Andoscia says:

    Thank you so much for this picture! I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel to see those smiles!
    Still praying, love,Patti

  9. Jessica Twite says:

    Oh my goodness HELLO MATTHEW!! you have a great smile. Suits you very well. Your handsome :) And so is your brother^_~. I am glad I met him cuz than i wouldnt be able to be reading this blog and wishing ya’ll the best!. Wow. This is truly a great day! He’s making great progress dan, and family.

    God bless,

  10. Kaila says:

    Hey Stud!

    It’s about time we got to see a smile on that gorgeous face of yours! We miss and love you more than words could ever express, and I can’t wait until you guys are back home and I get to come harrass you all the time. Your progress brought such joy to us over these last two weeks and I guess it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words. We love you matt, congratulations.



  11. Yay Matt!
    It’s good to see you smile!

    Lots of love,

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