Courtland man writes book, "How to Live Without a Pancreas"

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by Lucy Bustamante

WVEC.com

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 11 at 6:02 PM

COURTLAND -- A Courtland man is living without a pancreas.  In fact, he and his wife have written a book about his experience.

Clyde Vaughan lost his pancreas after a surgery that went wrong in 2004.  He ended up getting gangrene.

Vaughan's wife Shirley is essentially his at-home nurse.  She checks his glucose level every couple hours, 24 hours a day.  Vaughan says he is still here because of her.

"She makes sure I have a balanced diet and she writes everything in a book," described Vaughan.

Dr. John Lawson, a gastroenterologist at Bon Secours, says this type of patient is rare.

"This requires a lot of attention, a lot of work, and a lot of attention to detail.   So this patient is probably quite remarkable," said Dr. Lawson.

Vaughan says, "I do what I want to do.  I even climb ladders and cut tree limbs off."

Vaughan wrote a book called "You Can Live Without a Pancreas."  He hopes to encourage others not to feel desperate if they are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

 

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