ZION GROVE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — An escape from reality… A local man with a deadly diagnosis finds relief from his pain and suffering through his favorite hobby — hunting.
John Teter’s home in Zion Grove is like a mini-museum. Each antler, feather, and stuffed animal is a part of Teter’s story.
“I sit on that couch over there, I look at these and remember all the hunting stories. And pictures of my family. I’m so thankful I’m here,” said Teter.
In 2016 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He tried chemo and all kinds of treatments… But eventually —
“i got tired of running back to hospital and doctors and coming home and still feeling miserable, breathing heavy, not feeling good… So I said, I’m giving up.”
That was two months ago. He was ready to get his old life back.
“So far I’m way ahead of the game, beating the odds,” said Teter.
He escapes the disease by going out into nature and continuing his lifelong hobby.
He’s been hunting since he was 12 years old, and he plans to keep hunting — despite his diagnosis — until his time is up.
“I bet if I wasn’t trying to get myself in good enough shape to go hunting, i would have succumbed already,” said Teter.
He admits, he can’t hunt the way he used to… But that hasn’t stopped him from coming up with some new tricks.
Teter took an old camera tripod and made it into a gun holder. He got a special permit from the state game commission that allows hunters with disabilities to hunt out of their cars.
He’ll take this set up into the woods — and pull the trigger while sitting in his car.
“I feel grateful every time I get an extra day and I think I got a lot of extra days already,” said Teter.