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The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Sep 2015



The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Sep 2015


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2015 NEWS 15 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA BATTLING his third cancer diagnosis, Noel Pedersen says he feels humbled by the immense support from the Alice Springs Hospital and community, who have become an adopted family. Raised in Darwin, Mr Pedersen has worked as an NT News photographer, pilot in the US, a truck driver and crane operator, before he moved to Alice Springs on Good Friday this year. Some 15 years ago, he had a melanoma while living in the US, which he beat, before being given a cancer diagnosis for his lungs and lymph nodes 10 years ago. I was given less than six months to live and here I am 10 years later, Mr Pedersen said. I actually came back to Australia to die, I was down to 40kg, and I just powered on. Mr Pedersen said he finally went to the doctor in July, after ignoring symptoms that pointed to prostate cancer for many years. From then I went straight to an appointment at the Alice Springs Hospital, X-rays, CAT scan, MRI and they flew me to Adelaide for minor surgery, he said. Ive got advanced prostate metastatic cancer, but its gone to bones, in my spine, in my hip, and so youre screwed, there is no cure. The people at the oncology Jane, Anne and Barb its like family, every now and then you feel a bit boohoo, a bit teary, I just go and have a cup of coffee and a chat. Mr Pedersen started chemotherapy in August and said the oncology staff appealed to his old-school Australian personality. Being soft with me doesnt work they say youre not going to die on my watch and you dont, you wouldnt dare, actually, he said. You hear horror stories about hospitals but its not been like that, the respect and compassion, its been like family at the oncology ward. Mr Pedersen said he felt like the whole town was watching his back. Ive travelled, lived in the US for 20-odd years, Ive never seen a town like Alice Ive made more genuine friends here than anywhere else, he said. Here everybody is a Territorian, everyones a Centralian, youre accepted. Mr Pedersen warns others not to ignore cancer warning signs consecutive work medicals showed urine in his blood up to eight years ago. I let it go I just got that ill that I had to go now its incurable, he said. But were blokey-blokes, you cut your leg off and say Ive cut myself worse than that shaving, I dont need no stinking doctor. I want to tell the guys out there not to be a blokey-bloke, otherwise youll be sitting here like me. Mr Pedersen said his mantra used to be never do today what you can put off for tomorrow. Now its get everything that you can going today, he said. Hospital staff like family Noel Pedersen is humbled by the support received from Alice Springs Hospital and the wider Alice community. Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY Toyah Shakespeare Being soft with me doesnt work they say youre not going to die on my watch and you dont, you wouldnt dare, actually. Phone: 8952 9660 Address: 2A Milner Road, Alice Springs PO Box 3262 Alice Springs, 0871 www.absgroundworks.com ABN 72 168 345 640 QUALITY LANDSCAPING WORK At prices you cAn Afford from the simplest job to the most complex design now recruiting stAff for more information please contact general Manager James douglas James@absgroundworks.com CONTACT US FOR AN EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE QUOTE email info@absgroundworks.com ABs groundworks pty Ltd Melbourne offce pH 03 8679 6531 Brisbane offce pH 07 3535 0601