Pancreatitis, heart attack and coma = New outlook on life

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Ray Gann has been making cabinets nearly his entire life. He is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, but moved to LaVergne with his parents at age 15.

In 1983, he opened Gann's Cabinet's in LaVergne, Tennessee. After years of service to happy homeowners and businesses, he somewhat retired leaving the cabinet shop in the hands of others during the day while he comes in every couple of days.

Almost a year ago Mr. Gann came down with a bad case of Pancreatitis for the fourth time in his life. After being rushed to the hospital he had a heart attack. A coma followed the next 28 days and some family members thought that he wouldn't survive.

Despite the odds being against him, Mr. Gann survived and he said he has a new outlook on life that includes emotions that he never felt before about living. It is a better life...

There are more than 200,000 pancreatitis cases each year in the United States. It has many causes, but one constant similarity exists among the cases... pain.

In case you are curious, pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreases. Of course, the pancreas is a necessity as it produces the digestive enzymes that allow your body to properly breakdown and ultimately absorb protein.

When pancreatitis attacks occur, so does pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting and more. Chronic pancreatitis usually starts between the ages of 30 and 40 and males are more likely to have it than females. Some cases of pancreatitis are deadly with 132,700 deaths worldwide in 2015, the latest year with study results available.

Hear the Entire Interview (below is 7 min and 43 sec):

Where did rehabilitation take place?

Life Care Center of Hickory Woods is where Gann recovered and learned to swing golf clubs again.


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