April 03, 2017 0 comments

A Life-Changing Stay at Under Our Roof – Paul’s Story

While receiving radiation treatment for his advanced localised prostate cancer, Paul Fennell from Whyalla spent over seven weeks in The Hospital Research Foundation’s (THRF) Under Our Roof homes.

The homes, which were made possible thanks to Mercer SuperCycle, quickly became a sanctuary for Paul.

“In May of 2014 when I was 60-years-old I was diagnosed with prostate cancer,” Paul explained.

Whilst having a robotic prostatectomy only a few months after his diagnosis, Paul’s tumour had unfortunately spread outside of the prostate area, though a pathology result indicated surgical margins were negative. 

“The tumour had spread before I had surgery so the likelihood there would be a reccurrence was high, which turned out to be the case,” he said.

“For a period of two years my PSA continued rising to the point that radiotherapy was looking more and more likely. It was at this point my wife Bernie and I began looking at options of where to stay in Adelaide during my radiotherapy treatment at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).”

Hearing about the Under Our Roof homes from Daniel Hall, one of the first patients to stay in Mercer House (one of the two homes) who also lives in Whyalla, Paul knew the homes would provide the perfect place for him to heal with his wife nearby.

To read the full story, visit The Hospital Research Foundation website. 

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