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Family Bus Life with 6 Kids Despite Terminal Diagnosis

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Seven years ago, Matt was given 3 years to live with a terminal brain cancer diagnosis. He and his wife Christi started to take a hard look at their lifestyle and made the decision to live nomadically with their 6 children. Due to Matt’s treatment and declining health at the time, it took more than four years after buying the bus to have it completed enough to move into it.

Now they’ve been on the road for 9 months — and Matt is still living despite the diagnosis — and they’re so happy about spending this quality time together. They don’t have plans to quit anytime soon! Watch their inspiring tour below.

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They Even Have a 3D Printer in Their Family Skoolie!

Terminal Brain Cancer, 6 Kids and a Bus

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The countertops are old IKEA tabletops.

Terminal Brain Cancer, 6 Kids and a Bus 2

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They’ve been on the road now for more than 9 months.

Terminal Brain Cancer, 6 Kids and a Bus 3

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VIDEO: Terminal Diagnosis – Family Adventures in DIY Skoolie


  • Matt and Christi, despite a terminal diagnosis, decided to live nomadically with their 6 children in a bus.
  • It took more than four years to complete the bus due to Matt’s treatment and health challenges.
  • They have been on the road for 9 months and are grateful for the quality time spent together.
  • The bus features old IKEA tabletops used as countertops and even includes a 3D printer.
  • Despite the initial prognosis, Matt is still thriving, and they have no plans to stop their adventures.
  • Watch their inspiring tour on Tiny Home Tours’ YouTube channel and follow them on Instagram for more updates.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Marsha Cowan
    August 5, 2023, 11:33 am

    Amazing story and absolutely beautiful family. The bus is lovely and so wonderfully organized. God bless your lives and your travels : )

  • e.a.f.
    March 26, 2024, 3:02 am

    Great work, nice use of space. the over heard open cabinets seem to hold a lot of things. Kids look happy and health. If you have to be careful about the air you breath a home which moves is always a great idea. Their home is much more enviormental than a 7 bedroom 4 bathroom home and so much less expesive, not to mention, less cleaning, more time as a family.

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