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The Adventures of V-man
Nov 8, 2018 Latest post:
Nov 14, 2018
By Anna Mairs, 10/23/2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends up to date on Vaughan's ongoing fight with cancer. More importantly, I invite, and hope to encourage social interaction as a celebration of our life with Vaughan. Please feel free to share memories, pictures, stories, or other tributes to Vaughan's life story. Any favorite Chef Vaughan meals? Any favorite V-Man songs? Anything that you would like to share about your Vaughan experiances, please please do! It can brighten someone's day.
A brief overview: Vaughan and his great team(s) of healthcare providers have been successfully managing his illness for going on seven years now. Diagnosed with Stage II rectal cancer in Aug. 2012, Vaughan went through radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy for about a year. About eighteen months later, tiny nodules of rectal cancer showed up in his lungs bringing the disease to stage IV - metastatic. Many rounds of Chemotherapy since have slowed the progression of disease. Without a doubt, Vaughan is a TRUE survivor, because he keeps soldiering on and trying to make the best of each day, one day at a time. Winning battles along the way. He has survived more than his share of setbacks during his lifetime, so he is seasoned to do it well!
For the past year, Vaughan has been participating in two different immunotherapy trials at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, traveling there every three weeks, or so. The trials went well at first, but progression of disease eventually occurred, and withdrawal from the trial became necessary.
Unfortunately, complications have occurred recently, again due to disease progression. In September, Vaughan was hospitalized for coughing up blood from the largest tumor in his right lung. In order to prevent further bleeding and diminish the size of tumors, Vaughan has been getting radiation treatments for the past three weeks. Today is his final treatment. The radiation targeted three separate areas: a tumor in his brain (cerebellum), a subcutaneous tumor on his side, and two tumors in his lung. More news on that outcome will be added to this site as we know.
Coming up next, he will start on a new round of chemotherapy at Martha Jefferson in Charlottesville on Nov. 8. However, he will also consider doing another Immunotherapy trial if one becomes fitting.
For the most part, Vaughan's daily activities are pretty normal. More good days than bad. But life as he enjoys it goes on -- playing music, doing chores, cooking, shopping, eating, boating and living each day.
We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting and sharing.