Clauson Strong - Bruce's Journey

Our dad, Bruce Clauson, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in October 2016 after being in remission for 20+ years. When he came to tell each of us, he selflessly promised he would fight, and he endured chemotherapy and radiation, even as he became physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. He was not able to work during this time, and in November 2017, he ended up in the hospital for a week due to complications. He became weak and unable to continue chemotherapy. A week before Christmas he was again hospitalized after suffering multiple strokes. Dad was discharged to a rehab facility shortly after New Year’s. Physical therapy and occupational therapy slowly helped, but he was not able to walk on his own, and needed assistance to eat. A short time later for unknown reasons, he began to lose his cognitive functioning. As he became confused, disoriented, and restless, we advocated for him to return to the hospital. His condition was puzzling to the doctors, and after various tests, scans, and spinal taps, it was determined that he had Valley Fever in his spinal fluid, which has affected his brain function. He is currently on antifungal medication and receives nutrition through a G tube.

On February 17th he discharged to a skilled nursing facility. Our mom, Camille, is on leave from her school (and is currently receiving paid time off through the generosity of SUSD staff within SUSD’s Catastrophic Leave Bank), so she can spend days and evenings by Dad’s side. Dad’s Medicare and private insurance cover some costs, but not all.  

Family and friends have reached out in concern, and we appreciate all of your kind words, love, support, encouragement, and prayers. It has been difficult to even comprehend what has happened in the past year, and it’s even more difficult to understand what is happening now. We stand together in faith, trusting in God for complete healing. Thank you for your continued love, prayers and support.  

Love always, 

Clauson Strong

Jonathan, Christiana, Nathanael, Nicole, Zacchaeus, Emma, & our families 

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  • Tony Grauso 
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    • 37 mos
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    • $150 
    • 37 mos
  • Jennifer Mercurio  
    • $20 
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  • Ken Beck 
    • $100 
    • 37 mos
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    • $25 
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Clauson Strong 
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Tucson, AZ
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