Revisiting a much needed story simply because the time is right.
46-year-old Roy Henderson received his bachelor’s degree in health and education from the University of South Carolina at Aiken in 1997. When Roy left college, he began his soaring career as a faculty member and physical education teacher in Queens, New York. He also worked for the school district in Richmond, VA, before finding a position in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school system, where he taught elementary students. Roy left the educational assembly altogether because he knew it wasn’t his resolute calling. Of course, Roy dabbled in other professions like real estate for about a year after leaving the field, but that proved to be an enlightening defeat. He needed to find an activity, a purposeful one that he loved, where he could pour all of his passions into it, and help other people in the process. Fortunately, he followed his gut and established Remnant Fitness LLC., about 9 years ago.
Ever since that trusting moment, he’s been in high demand. The guru is listed as “Best of Charlotte Fit Life 2018” top 10 personal trainers. Amazingly, his company Remnant Fitness is vetted to secure corporate and wellness contracts locally and statewide.
Currently, the charismatic trainer allocates time in partnership with Joy White, MD, at the White Diamond Medical Clinic, where he educates patients on the various spectrum's of fitness and health. On Tuesday evenings, he’s at the Dowd YMCA (Charlotte, NC), hosting extreme circuit training. When he’s not there, he’s in the gym doing couples training or one-on-one sessions, helping men and women to discover their best fit self. On Roy's days off, if there is such a thing, the all-American dad and adoring husband can be found alongside his wife Alma, coaching wildly from the sidelines at his daughters volleyball championships or at his sons soccer tournaments. Although he’s an overachiever with bulletproof spirit, at the end of the day, that’s what he celebrates the most in his life, legacy and family.
While on the subject of family, the very aspect of infinity, it's pertinent to remind readers about #MensHealthMonth.
More importantly, Roy, wanted to remind men to get their annual screenings, so they could stick around a little longer for their lineage.
His admonishments and humility, they drift from a frank place of experience and solace. This is the reason he's able to have the conversations, the ones that most men don't enjoy talking about. Roy was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 42, and that’s a jolt he never thought would happen to him.
“Prostate cancer runs in my family,” he says, while reflecting on unnerving experiences that even he wouldn’t be able to predict. “My uncle had it. My grandfather had it later in life. I’ve never had a health issue. I’m accustomed to going to the doctor and being told that I’m in phenomenal shape. I was getting my prostate checked early when I was 35. This had to be divine intervention when I got it checked. I turned 42, and he told me that there was an issue. He said that my prostate felt funny. My doctor put me on meds because he said it might be a viral infection. However, even after medication my numbers continued to climb. There is a number where you should stay in your range from 2.2 to 5.5. Mines started at 2.7 and it jumped to 3.5 within a year. Even after my doctor prescribed me the medication, my range jumped again to 3.7. I was referred to a specialist. After canceling and rescheduling the biopsy, I got the diagnosis… I had prostate cancer.”
About 1 out of 9 men will catch prostate cancer in his lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer develops mainly in older men and in African-American men with most cases being in men above the age of 65.
“We talked about several options, but I had to fly outside the country and have this procedure done. The prognosis was a 90 % chance that I would have no side effects. The insurance didn’t cover it either. I flew to Mexico to get the procedure. I walked in with cancer and I walked out cancer free. I couldn’t tell before I had it, and I can’t tell now. It refocused me. I stopped waiting for the perfect timing to do things. Now, I do it. If not now, when? Think about it, my dad died at 42, I got prostate cancer at 42. Now, I’m here.”
Although Roy caught the disease early, it was still a daunting experience. Now, he uses that lesson to help empower and motivate other men who's gun shy about getting their physicals. After all... health is wealth.
Early warning signs of prostate cancer (Depending on its size and location):
Burning or pain during urination
Difficulty urinating, or trouble starting and stopping while urinating
More frequent urges to urinate at night
Loss of bladder control
Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream
Blood in urine (hematuria)
Blood in semen
Difficulty getting an erection (erectile dysfunction)
Visit the CDC for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/index.htm
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