Garfield discusses his experience at Milroy Lodge

Posted 5 Dec 2016.


According to long time Carnarvon resident Garfield Bissett, our Milroy Lodge in Perth is a piece of ‘heaven’.

The 67 year old who describes himself as an old ‘bushie’ from way back has been living at Milroy Lodge since April following a bowel cancer diagnosis. Milroy is one of two Cancer Council WA Lodges providing accommodation for country cancer patients who need to re-locate to Perth for treatment.

“You’ve got no idea what this place means to so many of us, It’s unbelievable what the staff and volunteers do for you.” 

Garfield said he was particularly appreciative of the efforts of our Accommodation Cancer Support Coordinator, Karen Richardson, who arranged to transport his car to Perth which he described as a ‘godsend’.

“Any problem you’ve got…you just go and speak to one of the staff and they’ll fix it for you.  It’s not easy being in Perth but without this place, I’d be dead.” 

While Garfield is unsure how much longer he will need to remain in Perth for treatment he said all of the comforts and support at Milroy make putting up with treatment so much easier.

“You really don’t realise how great Cancer Council is until you’ve been here.”

We have a range of support services available to assist West Aussies affected by cancer and their families.  Find out more here or call 13 11 20 to speak to our cancer nurses. 

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