Raw & Vulnerable, a Men’s Health special airing Tuesdays at 9PM on Wood TV8

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – Wood TV8’s one-hour-long, primetime special will feature the true stories of eight men from West Michigan, each fighting their own health battles.

“Close Cut Conversations: A Men’s Health Special,” hosted by Director of Community Affairs Casey Jones, airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Wood TV8.

Set at the Henchman House barbershop in Grand Rapids, the program would use the intimacy of the barber’s chair as the setting for the conversation men, their doctors, and their families. They’ll share the warning signs that were ignored and acted upon by eight people.

“There’s something powerful about hearing a man talk about the biggest fight of his life and knowing that there are other men out there who can identify with a piece of his story and possibly help save his life.” can get the help they need,” said Wood TV8 Community Affairs Director Casey Jones.

The hour will conclude with actionable steps and resources to help anyone affected by or interested in any of the diseases covered by Dr. Ken Doud, a University of Michigan Health-Waste doctor in Cedar Springs.


Wood Radio Morning News host Steve Kelly will share his battle with substance abuse.

“In the beginning, it was the drug to feel better. I’ve always been a pretty heavy drinker and there was a time when I threw my leg over the fence and turned pro,” Kelly said. “I think everyone will always tell you Steve was a party boy. And I think a lot of us start out that way. After all, you’re running after a train.

Kelly will talk about her low points and share her biggest takeaways for breaking her addiction.


Grand Rapids business owner Dan Bielen will take viewers through his worst moments when anger and fury were worn on his sleeve. He’ll share how physical abuse turned into emotional emptiness and how understanding being angry through healing helped him transform his life.

“It was learning how to listen to my body. That was part of it,” Bielen said of her eight years of therapy. “Learning how it feels physically to be angry inside and to begin to understand That it was okay to be angry. I just might. I didn’t have to do anything for it.”

heart disease

At a stop light at Byron Center, Jonathan Kuypers died. Through a miracle of circumstances and medical professionals, he’s lived to talk about his struggles with heart disease—the No. 1 killer of men in America.

“I am a miracle. There is no denying that I am a miracle because I have made a full recovery.” “I think it’s the 3% of people who survive.”


After hitting the game-winning shot in a pickup basketball game, Tom Turner “went down.” He remained in a coma for several days after cardiac arrest. Turner survived and later learned that his unmanaged type 2 diabetes was killing him.

“We were trying to get control of our diabetes at the time of the heart attack and didn’t really know how bad it was,” Turner said. “I didn’t really have any real symptoms that I knew about at the time. All I knew was that sometimes my blood sugar would get high.”


From the streets of inner-city Detroit to Amway, Will Collins developed bad habits as a child from the cultural norms of survival that nearly cost him his life. Collins said that his uncontrollable anxiety weighed on him until he finally wrote goodbye letters to his children. She shared an emotional journey about a phone call that saved her life and the joy she has found in life after being treated for mental health disorders.

“Things just pile up and up and up and up and before you know it, you’re underwater and you’re drowning. You’re drowning in your anxiety,” Collins said. can lead to This can lead to stress, high levels of stress, depression and even deeper thoughts – self-injury, giving up on life.

colorectal cancer

Craig Kuenga was proud of his healthy lifestyle. He ate well, ran several marathons and half-marathons and was in tune with his body. Despite having no family history of colorectal cancer, Cuenga reacted to what her body was telling her and advocated for herself when her blood work came back normal. Their discovery was shocking and their message is simple: “If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.”

“I believed in my diet and my physical fitness. I had a lot of faith in him because no matter how healthy you are, no matter what lifestyle, or no matter how good your diet, it can clearly happen to anyone,” said Cuenga. .

prostate cancer

Alejandro Alvarez said it best: Prostate cancer is something men don’t talk about. He was 54 when he was diagnosed.

“A lot of people said I’m too young to have prostate cancer,” Alvarez said. “A man doesn’t talk about this.”

After his wife urged him to make an appointment, the doctors diagnosed the disease. Alvarez shared the importance of paying attention to symptoms and catching them early to increase survival rates for the second most common cancer in men.

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