Clayton (Butch) Shonka

First post: Jan 31, 2020 Latest post: Apr 7, 2020
At the beginning of December, 2019 Clayton (Butch) had been having difficulty breathing so he went to have it checked out.  X-rays were taken, which showed fluid around his left lung.  He was told he needed to stay in the hospital to be monitored and remove the fluid off his lung.  When this procedure was done it did make it easier for him to breath.  Tests were run on the fluid; it was determined he had Stage 4 Lung Cancer.  This was on Dec. 6th 2019.  On Dec. 10th, a week after he was admitted to the hospital Butch finally got to go home!!!

Since then Butch and Barb have been learning the life of living with cancer...multiple Dr. appointments, daily living changes, etc.  Butch is on oxygen to help with his breathing and has had 3 rounds of chemo to date.  He seems to be taking them pretty well...minor side effects.  

Last week, Jan. 22nd Butch was mentioning to Steve that he was having a hard time breathing again.  Steve told him to go in and have it checked out.  Long story short, he appeared to have fluid on his right lung and some lymph nodes under his arms were swollen.  Fluid was taken off his right lung and a biopsy of his lymph node was done.

Today, Jan. 31 he was given better news than we all predicted.  While the cancer is of course still there; he completed his 3rd round of chemo, and has scheduled his 4th round in 3 weeks.  After that 4th round the Dr's will do another PET scan to determine if the Chemo is doing its job.  

Please keep Butch, Barb and the kids in your prayers

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