LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – In this edition of ‘Real Men Wear Gowns,’ Craig O’Neill introduces us to a man who sees a doctor on a regular basis.
His name is Rob Wells and he is the perfect example of how it's all supposed to work.
Wells is an auto parts rep that does a lot of traveling, and for the last few years his employer has made him go in for annual checkups.
At first, it was just something Rob did to keep his health insurance premiums low.
“I've not taken a sick day in 20 years because I don't get sick,” said Wells.
But a little over a year ago on one of those regular checkups with Doctor Shiva Nallur, he got some news he never expected.
“He came for a routine physical. He didn't have any symptoms at all,” said Dr. Nallur.
But Dr. Nallur's records would show Rob coming in for repeated blood tests.
“I thought maybe they sent it to the wrong lab or maybe they dropped the test tube,” said Wells.
But the blood tests taken kept saying the same thing.
“They diagnosed me with Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” said Wells.
And suddenly, the man who never got sick was experiencing several rounds of chemotherapy.
His family came to his bedside as he traveled to St. Louis for a bone marrow transplant.
“It's a shame it takes an event like that but your family and friends really come out of the woodwork.”
Eventually Rob would come out of intense treatment. He is now in remission, and the exams are back to routine.
“I had lots of friends last year who decided to go get physicals after their good buddy Rob who seemed healthy and happy just livin’ his life all of a sudden finds himself in this situation,” said Wells.
Rob's story is what we're talking about. Though dull and boring, regular checkups allow you to catch something, stop it, and live longer and healthier lives.