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Merv Bartlett

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Merv Bartlett

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Survivor / Daffodil Day Volunteer

On 7 February 2011, I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. This was classed as a Dukes C tumour.

I received wonderful treatment from the doctors and staff at the hospital during the time of the surgery and later during the long period of chemo.

I also have to mention the great work of the community nurses who became part of my life for 3 years.

In spite of all this I was lacking in practical knowledge of how to cope with all the changes that were happening to my body and mind.

It was at this time that I found Cancer Council ACT and their programs. Living with Cancer was the first one I went to. There I realised I was no longer alone.

From that beginning was other practical programs and also a support group.

The support and practical advice was not only for myself, but also for my family.

I now volunteer to support Cancer Council ACT so that they may continue support cancer sufferers.