Cancer survivor raising awareness
YOU can’t buy what Tim Sullivan has – time.
The Biloela farmer received the most precious gift when he beat prostate cancer in 2008.
Diagnosed in February 2008, Tim was first made aware of concerns by monitoring levels in his blood that may indicate a tumour in the prostate before seeing specialists for an MRI and then biopsies.
"It’s a shock to the system knowing you have cancer," Tim said.
"It’s another challenge in life," the 61-year-old said.
Tim had a radical prostatectomy.
"It wasn’t a hard decision [for the surgery].
"How much would you give for an extra 10 years of quality time with your grandchildren - money can’t buy that," the grandfather of nine said.
Tim will host a breakfast barbecue on Saturday to raise awareness of men’s health issues in the bush.
"Early detection extends your life," Tim said.
Rob Badmann, community support worker at the Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice, said the aim of the barbecue was to educate people about the importance of visiting your doctor annually for a check-up on all health concerns, not just physically.
"The Federal Government is supporting our work in our local community through the Mental Health Support for Drought Affected Communities Initiative, which aims to raise community awareness of the physical, social and emotional impact of communities affected by extreme climatic conditions," he said.
Held as part of International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Biloela GP Dr Richard Tan will be on hand to remind men to speak to your doctor about prostate cancer.
"The early detection of prostate cancer is crucial," Dr Tan said.
"Visiting your GP once a year is a small sacrifice for a potentially life saving outcome," he said.
Saturday’s barbecue could be the first of a series. Mr Badmann wants to entice farmers in Theodore, Wowan, Monto and Baralaba to host one.
The smell of bacon, eggs and sausages will be in the air at the Sullivan property on the corner of Payne’s Road and Zischke’s Lane from 7.30am.