Al Johnson has lived in Georgia for most of his life. After owning a successful auto repair shop in the area for 20 years, he had to retire his business right next door due to his unexpected health issues. This was crushing to him after building a business he truly loved.
“I’d probably still be working if it weren’t for all my medical issues,” Al said.
Al’s health changed significantly in 2010, when he got diagnosed with prostate cancer at 58. After months of misdiagnosis, discussions of having his prostate removed, cancer spreading into his lymph nodes and radiation, he didn’t know what his future looked like. As a man of faith, he trusted God to help him through and get him to the right physicians.
In 2014, he finally was able to come to UF Health and get the help he needed. Dr. Larry Yeung, in the UF Department of Urology, evaluated him and after some testing and maintenance, installed a suprapubic catheter for Al. Two years later, Dr. Yeung coordinated a colostomy operation with Dr. Sanda Tan.
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