Editor, Times-Union:
I very much feel the need to write my feelings, too, about the end of service of a very valuable member of our medical community.
I am at a loss as to what “we the people” can do to try to reverse this unimaginable reality that is soon to be imposed on our area.
My father was diagnosed with cancer nine years ago and as many people have before him and many will after ... took treatment. He was fortunate to have had a clean bill of health for several years. Last year, he started having signs that the cancer was returning. At that time we met with Dr. Goksel and soon learned our options. I include myself with this story because I have tried to be very active and proactive in the care that my father has received throughout his illness. I am the type of person who will research until exhausted to try to find every theory and option available.
At our first meeting (my father, mother and I) with Dr. Goksel, I arrived with a notebook full of questions and concerns.
He was very patient and genuinely happy to go right down through my list, to answer and consider everything I brought to the meeting. We were all very glad to have him in charge of my father’s care. He has continued to be very exceptional in explaining things and going the extra mile to make sure what is happening is understood. My father has been doing well with the treatment that Dr. Goksel has prescribed, and part of that treatment is most assuredly Dr. Goksel’s personal involvement in his care. It scares me to imagine how the effect of losing such a prominent part of care will have on my father’s and I assume other people’s wellness.
My plea is that someone more knowledgeable in how this circumstance can be avoided needs to step up and see what can be done. We need a community advocate to address this with the hospital board or whoever has that powe to change this path.
Please don’t let Dr. Goksel be forced to leave our community. With hope for a different outcome:
Amanda Foreman