Couple struggling in fight for life
IN A sudden and sad situation Pieter Powell and wife Linda have embarked on a medical roller-coaster ride and they are holding on tight hoping to save his life.
Mr Powell said he was an average healthy 51-year-old man and had no health issues before a routine check up found he had an aggressive form of cancer - prostate cancer with a Gleason score of 7.
The diagnosis was a shock to Mr Powell. The time between diagnosis and surgery needed to stop the cancer from spreading was less than six weeks.
Although he has private health cover, out-of-pocket expenses of $10,000 will be well beyond the couple's means.
He said without private health insurance he would have to go on a waiting list in the public sector - and time was not on his side.
"By being in private, something we have always had and we're in the top cover, it will save my life," he said.
"But the out-of-pocket expense for something so sudden - we just didn't account for (it)."
Mr Powell said the operation was to remove the entire prostate to stop the cancer from spreading to other parts of his body.
"Waiting six months in the public system is not an option," he said.
"The cancer is aggressive.
"If I don't go private I don't really have an outlook."
The couple has now set up a fundraising web page and reaching out to the community for support.
Mrs Powell was thankful her husband went to the routine check-up and she remained hopeful by catching it early the cancer would stay contained in the prostate.
Without the routine check-up and a mate saying "hey, remember when you're 50 to get your prostate checked" Mr Powell said he didn't want to think where his life would end up.
He said that was hard to ask the Bundy community for help .
"Now I am not one who normally asks for help with anything, stubborn you might say, but I am in a desperate fight for my life.," he said.
"I am only 51 and want to grow old with my love of my life Linda but we can't do this alone.
"And I want to raise awareness and make sure man get their prostates checked before it's too late."
To help Pieter go to here and search Pieter Powell.