Cancer survivor: mind over matter
SURVIVOR Peter Culbert and his wife and carer Judy Marshall have an empathy with others at the Gladstone event and know only too well how a cancer diagnosis immediately changes lives.
For Peter; a simple sore back as he got in and out of his truck he tried to ignore for a while until eventually visiting his GP.
"I thought it would come right. I had a scan some months later and got referred to a doctor in Brisbane," he said.
"I had a tumour in my back, a multiple myeloma."
With his condition diagnosed in late 2008 as bone marrow cancer, Peter, now 73, underwent chemotherapy with medical treatment including a stem cell transplant.
There is no certainty and Peter and Judy, after five years in partial remission, had to deal with his relapse 12 months ago.
A change in medication kept it under control but Peter said it was starting to move again.
"I'm still active, retirement won't happen; I love to work," Peter said.
"I'm a positive person. I said it's not coming back, its mind over matter," the former construction worker said.
"I believe that. It has taken a toll but my appreciation of life is greater than ever. We live for each day."
With ongoing treatment at the Wesley Hospital the couple wryly noted that they have just done their 50th trip to Brisbane.