Mount Gambier born brick layer and stone mason, Paul Lewis is no stranger to hospital visits and weekly appointments. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2014, Paul has become accustomed to a new weekly routine and is living as normal a life as he can.
After being diagnosed with multiple myeloma and MDS, Paul received nine months of chemotherapy, followed by a final scan that found his bone marrow was no longer producing blood. In order to maintain healthy levels of blood, Paul requires weekly blood transfusions at the Icon Cancer Centre in Adelaide. This means he will often need to visit the centre twice a week, with one appointment for dressings and regular blood tests, and the other for a two or four hour blood transfusion.
For the past five years Paul has become somewhat part of the furniture at Icon.