Terry, Toodyay

Lung cancer champion

If you notice something isn’t right, get it checked out. You’re not bulletproof.

Terry’s story

Before Terry was diagnosed with lung cancer, he was a pensioner and loving every minute of it. He was about to set off on his next adventure and had the caravan packed, fueled and ready to go when he dropped by his local GP to get his regular scripts filled. He’d been experiencing chest pain for a while and when his GP asked about it, Terry was prescribed heart burn tablets to ease the pain.

When the pain didn’t subside, Terry’s GP sent him for a CAT scan in Northam in June 2018. Cancer was found in a couple of lymph glands and a lump was found in his left lung.

Terry then traveled 90km to Perth for 6 weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, staying at Cancer Council WA’s Milroy Lodge. He credits the hospital and lodge staff for getting him through this journey.

These days Terry is very conscious of environmental carcinogens. If he goes out in the afternoon sun, he needs to have a ‘bloody good reason’ to.

Terry’s advice

‘If you think there might be something wrong, get it checked out because you have to live in your body’.

‘Never smoke. It was part of our culture in those days. These days’ people catch up over a cup of coffee, in our day it was a cigarette’.

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Information for smokers

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