November 15, 2009

Matt Haughey's Excellent Hospital Adventure: Matt Haughey, original coder of SportsFilter and a great inspiration to the site, has a post up on his personal blog today about his recent brain tumor diagnosis. The tumor appears treatable with hormones and surgery if needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Matt.

posted by rcade to navel gazing at 08:13 PM - 13 comments

No Haughey, no Metafilter, no Sportsfilter.

Good thoughts to Matt and his family.

posted by justgary at 09:25 PM on November 15

Thank goodness it's treatable. I hope they got to it early enough to wipe it out. Go Matt Go! It's crazy how this type of thing can come on. I remember last year seeing a good friend of mine at a Boris show at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill and he was complaining of a nasty headache that just wouldn't go away. What seemed like a blink of any eye later, I was wheeling him to a radiation treatment.

And I know what Matt speaks of about the MRI. I had to go through one earlier this year in hope of finding the source of my sudden onset of a seemingly endless series of migraines. In hindsight, it was pretty funny when they asked me what kind of music I liked best. They had a XM radio on board and they switched it to my type of music. I think I got to hear 45 seconds of a song before the industrial jams of the MRI machine drowned everything else out.

posted by NoMich at 09:48 PM on November 15

Wow.

Thinking good thoughts.

posted by tommytrump at 01:15 AM on November 16

Wow. Our thoughts are with you Matt.

posted by apoch at 05:38 AM on November 16

My dad has had two brain tumor surgeries for benign growths caused by a form of Von-Hippel-Lindau syndrome. The words "brain tumor" and "brain surgery" are scary as hell, but doctors can do many of these surgeries so well and non-invasively that patients recover quickly and are none the worse for wear.

It sounds like Matt's prognosis is really good and I'm thankful to hear that. He's been a good friend and strong inspiration to countless numbers of web publishers over the years, myself very much included.

posted by rcade at 07:52 AM on November 16

My wife lost her brother to a brain tumor several years ago. In his case, they were just a bit too late. Our prayers will be with Matt.

posted by Howard_T at 04:35 PM on November 16

Recently lost a friend to cancer. Here's hoping you get better Matt...

posted by MeatSaber at 04:54 PM on November 16

Get well soon, Matt.

In hindsight, it was pretty funny when they asked me what kind of music I liked best.

A friend of mine had the same choice when he received MRI treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He picked the most depressing songs of Leonard Cohen, just to wind up the radiography staff.

posted by owlhouse at 06:52 PM on November 16

All the best to the original Pantheonite.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:56 PM on November 16

I guess if you were into NIN or similar no music would really be needed.

Matt--Bounce back fast and high, mate!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:33 AM on November 17

Yeah, it was like a Nurse With Wound concert in there.

posted by NoMich at 01:42 PM on November 17

All the best, Matt. Kick its ass!

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 06:32 PM on November 17

Wow. You're in my thoughts, Matt. Get well soon.

posted by jerseygirl at 10:46 AM on November 18

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