AKRON, Ohio - It was all smiles, hugs and relief when WAKR midday host and program director Chuck Collins and his wife, Monika, walked into the Rubber City Radio studios.
Less than two weeks have passed since Collins had a brain tumor removed at Summa's Akron City Hospital.
Collins had been suffering from symptoms similar to a stroke.
"I started to get some very strange episodes that kind of mimicked stroke, but it wasn't," Collins said. "The reason I know it wasn't is because I didn't get the asymmetrical vision thing, I didn't get speech slurring, I didn't get pain. A massive headache would be a part of stroke. Weakness on one side would be a sign of stroke."
He said he was experiencing a little numbness in his arm and leg. He also said he had a feeling of a sense of detachment to the left side of his body.
Collins had an MRI and it revealed a tumor the size of three stacked Eisenhower silver dollars in the right side of his brain.
A large scar on the side of his head, still staples together, is a reminder of what he has been through. Collins has been blogging about his experience and plans to put it all together in a book. He said at least 60 percent of the money it raises will go to brain health awareness.
He made a guest appearance on WAKR's Ray Horner Show and said his plan is to be back to work on a limited schedule starting Aug. 19.
Collins' positive attitude showed through as he and Horner wrapped up the interview.
"Don't worry about me. It's like it's an extended vacation with staples in the head."
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