Bob’s goals became a little different after he retired from a long,
challenging career in furniture and sales. He became more involved in
his church, started reading more books and began helping children learn to read.
In 2017, his decision to visit Israel that would change his life forever,
exploring biblical history and being exposed to vastly different cultures
a world away. Bob returned home thankful for the simple things in his
life, especially his love of books and volunteering to help Oakwood Elementary
School students with reading.
Amid his changing lifestyle and newfound activities, however, Bob experienced
a different kind of change. When Dr. Douglas Eller revealed he had prostate
cancer in 2018, Bob was initially shocked and not sure what to expect.
He had never been hospitalized before, but he was fortunate to have a
physician and care team that kept him informed and encouraged as he began
his battle with cancer.
“Catawba Valley Medical Center’s
cancer treatment staff was professional and eager to ensure they would be there for me as I focused
on my treatment,” said Bob. “Nurses like Jamie, Joyce and
Emily made me feel like I was not just another patient. They were so attentive
and laughed and joked with me. It really put me at ease.”
After taking a short break from volunteering during his treatment, Bob
returned to his students at Oakwood. It warmed his heart as the kids hugged
him and enthusiastically asked, “Will you be helping me with my
reading today, Mr. Kapellusch?” He’s thrilled to be back making
a difference for children like little Isabella, who has learned English
as a second language.
“This entire experience has really challenged me,” said Bob.
“The trust I have in Catawba Valley Medical Center’s
cancer care team has helped to provide me with confidence and stability throughout this
Catawba Valley Medical Center’s
Comprehensive Cancer Center is dedicated to patients like Bob. As the areas’ first hospital
to achieve accreditation from the American College of Surgeons, Catawba
is a comprehensive community hospital
cancer program providing an outstanding continuum of care that includes leading edge
diagnosis and treatments, talented staff, and the most advanced medical
equipment and support available.
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