Fighting for Men's Health program offers health resources to the community

One local man is creating a space for men in the community to openly talk about health concerns after his life was changed forever after becoming a two-time cancer survivor.

Posted: Aug 12, 2018 6:01 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2018 10:28 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- It's not easy being Superman. It's even harder with illness.

Joseph Ayers knows because he's gone through it and now he's a two time cancer survivor.

"When they first tell you 'You have cancer' death comes to your mind, and then after that, you have to deal with the solution. With so many different treatments out there, the anxiety is so high. Making a decision is very difficult if you don't have the right information," Ayers said.

He's created a space on every second Saturday of every month at the Fort Wayne Urban League inviting health care professionals like Parkview and Oak Street Health to provide information to men and their spouses. Michael Ayers said it’s a great resource to learn from other people.

"For him to bring in people to give out great information, to say ‘It's ok to get your body checked, It's ok to ask questions about different cancers or different illness that we sometimes kind of hide from our families and our loved ones to the fact to where we wait so late, it's too late to get help, I think what he's doing is a great thing," he said.

Ayers said he just wants people to know the resources are out there and to not be afraid to ask questions or for help.

Bill Sidel who is also a cancer survivor said spaces like these are great because you're around people who have the same concerns. There you will hear testimonies, dieting tips, and you can ask the professionals there what to ask your doctor for your next visit.

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