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In August of last year Chuck was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. He has already completed eight chemo treatments and has moved on to a round of antibodies. Throughout these treatments he has felt pretty good and his outlook has been positive. For those of you who haven’t seen him in the last few months, you will be happy to know that Chuck has remained Chuck through everything. He and Nancy have truly been living full lives while they are managing this terrible illness. At Christmas they gathered to cook a traditional Swedish dinner with the Jim Johnson family, and on New Year’s Eve Chuck was even spotted teaching Alivia calculus.
Many of you have heard that serious complications developed on January 1 when, during a walk with Nancy, Chuck started to get confused. By the time they got home he was unaware of his surroundings and had no clue who Nancy was, so she called 911. In the ambulance he had a seizure and was intubated. A CT scan showed that four tumors in his brain had caused extreme swelling. (Additionally, a CT scan taken on December 27 showed that the cancer had spread and is growing.) He spent the next three days in the ICU under sedation and steroids to bring the swelling down. On January 3 his breathing tube was removed and he has slowly but surely been getting back to his old ornery self.
As of January 6 Chuck is no longer in the ICU and has been waiting for a bed in a skilled nursing facility. Our hope, and his, is that he can soon join Nancy at home.