20 July 2021, By Mater Lotteries

Peter’s story

1 min read

Peter’s whole world was turned upside down in 2017 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Like many men, Peter never expected he’d be affected by prostate. But much to his dismay, Peter was the ‘one in seven’ statistic of men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Ipswich man, Peter commenced treatment with radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.

During his treatment journey, the support of his wife helped Peter immensely. Not long into Peter’s treatment journey, however, his wife was sadly diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away very quickly.

Peter found the strength to carry on with his treatment after the sudden passing of his wife with support from the nurses at Mater Private Hospital Springfield.

For Peter, it’s the staff at Mater Private Hospital Springfield that make all the difference.

“I love coming to Springfield for treatment,” he said.

“The girls at the desk, doctors, nurses and volunteers are all so lovely. I’ve never had a bad day here.”

After further treatment, Peter was prescribed a new drug by his doctor, which has helped him feel much better.

Each month, Peter has a blood test and a consultation with his doctor and normally also gets some injections to manage his treatment.

Health wise, Peter feels good. He gets tired very easily, but otherwise, he is healthy and happy and enjoying spending time with his two daughters, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

For Peter, Mater Lotteries is a cause close to his heart after one of his friends won a Mater Prize Home Lottery many years ago. His friend found a dollar in their car and decided to buy a ticket on a whim and couldn’t believe it when he won the house. Knowing the lottery tickets support ground-breaking medical research, treatments, equipment and exceptional patient care at Mater in Queensland, this brings things full circle now for Peter.

Peter is looking forward to going campervanning and travelling around Australia in the future. He loves the outback, central Queensland and anywhere off the beaten track.

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