As men all over the country grow moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health, prostate cancer survivor Keith Hefler is supporting men in a different way.
The 72-year-old who underwent open cut surgery to remove cancer in the prostate glands in 2011, is part of the prostate cancer support group of Hervey Bay.
Keith helps support men from all walks of life before and after their surgery.
But it’s once piece of advice that his doctor gave him before going through surgery he can now pass onto other men which got him back on his feet in no time.
“I was given pilates exercises I did three times a week for five months leading up to my surgery and pelvic floor exercises every day,” Keith said.
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Keith said while he was shattered after finding out he had cancer, he wanted to do everything he could to get back to living a normal life.
Keith said this advice given to him from his doctor John Yaxley strengthened his core muscles and helped to prevent any post-surgery incontinence problems many men face.
“I believe it gave me the great recovery I had,” Keith said.
Keith was back home in Hervey Bay from the Royal Brisbane Hospital within a week and was back to doing the things he loved soon after.
After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, Keith was one of about 300 men who took part in a federally funded study to assess the difference between radical (open cut) surgery and robotic surgery.
Keith underwent the open cut surgery and had great results.
“We were in a que and got told which type we would undergo and while I wanted to undergo robotic surgery I am grateful with the recovery I had from open cut,” Keith said.
Keith now lives a relaxed lifestyle, and loves walks on the beach, as well as meeting people from all over the world.
He would love to drive between LA and San Francisco in a Mustang Convertible before he dies.
As part of prostate cancer awareness month, you can get involved by taking part in Movember
To find your local prostate cancer support group visit www.pcfa.org.auhttp://www.pcfa.org.au