On Jan. 16, an MRI showed that Hussung’s wife had a fast-growing brain tumor.
“She went from her symptoms to being in a wheelchair in three weeks,” said Hussung.
Continuing to teach until the summer, Hussung was aided by his fellow faculty members, who substitute-taught his classes and helped in other ways.
“Colleagues at school look for ways, not just to help me when I need it, but to anticipate what my needs were,” said Hussung.
Former English teacher Jim Raterman, ASC volunteer Justin Seaton, and librarian Lynne Casey have filled Hussung’s teaching duties.
“All three of these people are helping to cover my classes, and I am thrilled for students to get to spend time with them,” said Hussung. “I think it will be a blessing for them.”
Along with SLUH faculty members, Hussung’s friends and family spent time caring for his wife.
“From Easter till the end of school, every week, but one, we had someone come from out of town to help out at home,” said Hussung. “That set me free to come to school.”
Hussung spent last spring break caring for his wife, who had recently undergone surgery.
“The surgery happened not long before spring break, exam week, and Easter break,” said Hussung. “When she needed my attention, there was not a lot of school going on.”
At the beginning of this school year, Hussung had organized a plan with the SLUH administration with the intent of continuing teaching, while also caring for his wife. Yet, last week on Sunday, Hussung’s wife began having seizures; Hussung has decided to go on leave in order to take care of her.
“(The seizures) have led to her being significantly weaker than she was before. It takes two caregivers to move her from the bed to the wheelchair or from the wheelchair to the van. Suddenly, caring for her is much more demanding,” said Hussung.
“I realized that I had to request time to stay home and take care of her.”
While being assisted by his two sons, Hussung has remained his wife’s primary caretaker.
“I am managing her health care, and her social life, while still trying to give her experiences that are meaningful and fun,” said Hussung.
Hussung and his wife have appointments with doctors and therapists during the day, and they often receive visits from friends and family.
Hussung also plans to take his wife to a concert in October.
Hussung is very grateful for the support of the SLUH community.
“I have not ceased of thinking of them as my students,” said Hussung.