Doc Talk: Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Doc Talk: Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

March begins Colon Cancer Awareness Month and doctors at Borgess hope one man's story will inspire others to get checked.

Newschannel 3's Erica Mokay has that story in this edition of Doc \Talk.

Jerry Hulet said, “A precious metal for a precious person.”

A small gift for the doctor that Hulet says saved his life.

Hulet said, “Thanks to Dr. Markle. If it wasn’t for her, like I said, I wouldn’t even be sitting here right now.”

Hulet met Dr. Stephanie Markle, a trauma and general surgeon at Borgess, when he could no longer tolerate the abdominal pain he was experiencing. Pain, that turned out to be stage 2 colon cancer.

Markle said, “He came in here so upset, so down. Depressed. Not wanting to go on anymore.”

Wendy Bradshaw, Hulet’s step-daughter, said, “I was just devastated. I was like, I don’t want to lose a parent over this...08:32:58

Bradshaw watched her step-father suffer. Now she's watching him heal. Thanks to surgery, doctors at Borgess were able to remove Jerry's cancer.

He still has one more operation, but as of February, Markle says Jerry is officially cancer free.

“I got some of my strength back, some of my weight back, I mean, I looked like a Halloween skeleton. That’s how bad I was,” Hulet said. “Quite exciting to know I was cancer free. No treatments. No pills. No nothing. So, now I’m good to go.”

That small gift? Two chess pieces. Shining symbols of protection, appropriately picked for the doctor who protected him.

Hulet said, “I don’t think another surgeon could have done the good she did. She's fantastic.”

Markle says the best way to treat colon cancer is to catch it early, which is why she says it is so important to get checked.

Men and women who are at normal risk should get a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50.

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