When my friend John Winn was diagnosed with cancer, he wanted all of us to learn from his illness. Therefore, the “Big John” project became a reality to help educate our firefighters of the need to get the necessary preventative care to find life-threatening problems before they get out of hand. He also encouraged me, as an individual, to set an example for others by getting a regular physical.
I must confess to you all that I kept putting it off, thinking I was bullet proof, until two weeks ago when I decided to follow-up on John’s request. I went to my doctor for a physical exam that included a chest x-ray. Last week, my doctor called and told me I needed to have a CT scan done as the x-ray had shown spots on one of my lungs. Yesterday, I had the scan done and, after twenty-four agonizing hours, they called me to say that the scan results came back showing no problems. Needless to say I am very relieved but more importantly, I now have a baseline exam for future reference. The bottom line is that I would not have gone for this exam had it not been for John’s encouragement. Thanks, my friend, for you continue to have my back.
We will remain committed to continue to promote the “Big John Firefighter Health Awareness Project” with great enthusiasm, to do our part to see that all of our firefighters have access to the proper level of preventative care. I encourage each of you to take care of yourselves by getting an annual physical to create that reference point or baseline that will be so important to your future.
Take care of yourselves and be safe out there.