"Nurses and coaches are probably the worst people at [taking medical advice],'' Hatcher said, "and I'm both. So that makes it tough. But I've done pretty good on my recovery. I did everything I needed to do.''
Hatcher said he's been cleared to return to work as a nurse at Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston the second week of July. He's also had to adopt some lifestyle changes.
"I lost 15 pounds,'' Hatcher said. "They told me it would be nice if I lost a little bit of weight. So I'm watching what I eat, and I take my blood pressure medication, like most coaches have to do. I've had to watch [my blood pressure], but I'm doing better at it.
"I'm doing good. I did have cancer, but they're pretty sure they got it all. I've got to have an X-ray and CT scan in six months, and another six months after that. If both are clear, I get one every year for five, six years.''
Hatcher was able to attend the North-South All-Star basketball game at the South Charleston Community Center on June 15, and expects to be there fulltime for the start of Logan basketball practice in November.
"I'm intending to be there,'' said Hatcher, who took the Wildcats to the Class AAA state title in 2010. "Hopefully my CT scan in October is clear, and I should be ready to go.''
Another area basketball coach is recovering after a health scare - Fred McPherson, a longtime boys assistant at Charleston Catholic who is also a veteran high school football official and baseball umpire.
After not feeling well umpiring games in late April, McPherson underwent testing, according to Catholic coach Bill McClanahan, and received some startling news.
"He had two golf-ball-sized blood clots - one in each lung,'' McClanahan said, "and one in back of his right leg. I was there when the doctor came in and said it was pretty much a miracle he was alive. He said, '50 percent of the people who experience what you had die.' Fred looked at me and we were both [speechless].''
McClanahan said McPherson was hospitalized for five or six days, and now takes blood thinners. McPherson isn't expected to work high school football games this season, but should return to the Irish bench this winter and otherwise resume his normal regimen.
"We played golf together this past Friday,'' McClanahan said, "and other than being a little short of breath, he was OK.''
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