At the time, George owned eight McDonalds restaurants in Townsville and one in Ingham. He was a member of numerous Boards and President of the Rotary Club of Townsville.
George and Lorraine had also recently welcomed their first grandchild in the lead-up to his diagnosis.
“I didn’t have time to be sick. But I was soon forced to realise that my health had to come first” says George.
George has endured a lot of health issues over the past three decades. Ongoing and varied treatments for his cancer have left George with painful nerve damage in his feet. Despite this, he chooses to look at the positives.
“I can’t change it, so I just have to get on with it. I used to run a lot, but I’ve had to slow down over the years and now I enjoy long walks,” says George.
With his cancer in “sleeper mode” and under the watchful eye of Icon Townsville clinical haematologist, Dr Sunaina Miranda, George is determined to make the most of life.
“I’ve learned the importance of saying “no” to people, so I can focus on my health,” says George, who has sold his businesses and is enjoying retirement with Lorraine and their dog, Seiko.
“We have a holiday house on Magnetic Island, so we try to get over there when we can. I’ll have treatment on the Thursday afternoon and then go to the holiday house for a few weeks in between.”
Since commencing his treatment at Icon Townsville ten years ago, George has built many friendships with the team. Some of those friendship span even longer.
“A young nurse called Anita was working at the Mater in 1996 when I first had treatment and she is now at Icon. I also knew Georgina (Icon Townsville Site Manager) from the netball team she played in, as I sponsored the team. We know these people and it’s like one big family,” says George.
“The people at Icon Townsville are worth their weight in gold. I’m always made to feel welcome. Lorraine would often come with me to my treatments, but that stopped when we got Seiko four years ago. They still ask how Lorraine is. They are just wonderful, caring people.”