Holstein man receives the gift of life

STORM LAKE PILOT TRIBUNE | Mari Bauer
Pam and Randy Carpenter of Holstein.
It was a day like any other day...but honestly what two days are exactly alike? Our lives fall into a routine and we don’t give much thought to things that don’t affect us...that is until they do…affect us that is.

Pam and Randy Carpenter of Holstein have lived what many would call a normal life. To the outsider looking in things seem as normal as they can get. The couple have two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren. Pam is a selfless animal lover. She has owned and operated The Upper Cut beauty salon in Holstein for many years.

Randy worked many years at VT Industries. He has served as an officer in the American Legion Dessel Schmidt Post 225 and more currently a Judge Advocate for the post. He serves as a board member for Horn Memorial Hospital.

But there is always more than meets the eye. In 2004 Randy was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). PSC is a chronic long term disease that slowly damages the bile ducts. Bile is a digestive liquid that is made in the liver. It travels through the bile ducts to the gall bladder and the small intestine where it helps digest fats and fatty vitamins. The disease was detected when some routine blood test came back reflecting his liver enzymes were too high.

PSC advances slowly. Many patients have the disease years before they develop symptoms. Liver failure may occur 10-15 years after diagnosis. Many people with PSC will ultimately need a liver transplant. Continue reading
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