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Speak up and take care of your health

By Joe Centers • Oct 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM

As we turn the calendar to October, I’d like to circle back on September and point out something that could save every man’s life.

September was Prostate Health Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

I am a poster child for prostate awareness.

I was off most of September following my radical prostatectomy.

I have never been sick in my life. The only time I was in the hospital for a surgery was when I had my tonsils out 57 years ago.

I get a check-up every year and would not have known anything was wrong except for my elevated PSA.

Once it was determined I had prostate cancer it was full steam ahead. I met with Dr. Daniel Mulligan, a new urologist with Fisher-Titus Executive Urology Specialists. 

My first question to Dr. Mulligan was obvious — I’m not going to need a mulligan after the surgery, will I? For anybody who doesn’t know, a mulligan is a second chance for golfers following a bad shot.

One time is enough.

My surgery was on 9-11. Go figure.

Dr. Mulligan and I were trailblazers at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, as I was his first robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy patient.

No longer does the doctor stand over you, cut you open and yank out your prostate. Now, he sits next to you and operates a robot. It is neat, clean and much easier to recover from.

I only spent 22 hours in the hospital before they sent me home. I would like to thank all of the nurses there who took care of me and my nurse at home who put up with me for 2 1/2 weeks.

I listen a lot to sports talk radio and one of the commercials they play all of the time is a discussion between a man and his doctor.

It goes something like this …

Crickets.

Men don’t like to talk about their health problems. But you need to speak up. The sooner you catch something, the better.

I know a lot of guys who are more concerned about a problem with their car than they are with their own health issues.

I have lived in Norwalk for 40 years and my doctor the entire time has been Dr. Jim Gottfried, who recently retired.

I will miss my talks with Gottfried and I will miss the way he has taken care of me over the years. He is the one who send me to the urologist when he saw my elevated PSA.

So there it is. I hope everybody sees their doctor and takes care of their health.

Thanks to Dr. Mulligan and thanks to Dr. Gottfried. And thanks to all of the nurses out there who spend their lives taking care of people.

You never know how important doctors and nurses are until you need them.

To reach Dr. Mulligan, call 419-668-4328 in Norwalk, 419-484-1701 in Bellevue or 419-627-8771 in Sandusky.

Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at [email protected]

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