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Greg’s Greatest Journey – 14 July 2008

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Weekly update letter …

Dear family and friends

Good feedback from the Border Mail story continued this week. I had a visit from one of the locals, Phil Gambold – a colourful character who read the paper and come to let me know he was there for Pauline and I.

Phil Gambold - farmer & friend

Phil Gambold - farmer & friend

We had a great conversation and he informed me that he had hosted a Collingwood footballers camping weekend on his King River side farm back in March. I mean, he could have told me back then … but he was sworn to secrecy.

It seems Josh Fraser has been camping on Phil’s property for years and when a camping trip was mooted in the club, Josh said he knew a place where nobody would find them. That’s our King Valley!

Anyhow, the word is that – back then – they were targeting 4th place so they could play Geelong first up because they knew they could do them like a dinner. So, Eddie really does think they can take this year’s premiership.

Pauline came back from Canberra on Tuesday … with a bloody cold! No cuddles and sleeping in the back room wasn’t what I was looking forward to. In my last post, you will have found that it hasn’t been a real good week for me but the pain management seems to be finally coming into place.

It is amazing, I start falling apart and so does everything around me. First, it was the mower and then the washing machine. Being on the pension has it’s benefits with the end of financial bonuses for both Pauline and I – just enough to replace the washing machine. I was telling the palliative care social worker about this and she told us not to rush out and buy one yet as DHS had a grant program that just might help out so we applied. On Thursday, we got a call from Harvey Norman to tell us that DHS had told them to deliver a new washing machine under the grant scheme. How good is our Social Services system! We are so grateful to all involved.

This coming Friday is crunch day. I front up to the urologist to get the verdict on my blood PSA reading. At the time of diagnosis, it was measured at 800 and 1000 – extraordinary numbers when the normal range is between 0 and 4 calculated to 2 decimal places. Under screening processes, you get above 4 and they are looking for early stage prostate cancer which can usually be cured or at least delayed so that it never becomes a problem. It just shows how developed my late stage prostate/bone cancer really is.

Anyhow, if the hormone therapy is working, the PSA reading is expected to have returned to the normal range where they declare remission, probably for a couple of years. If the treatment has failed, I guess I am in the sh*t.

No doubt, I will be letting you know next weekend.



Written by Greg Naylor

14 July 2008 at 12:00 am

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  1. […] Enquiries Disease wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptMy weekly update letter … Dear family and friends Good feedback from the Border Mail story continued this week. I had a visit from one of the locals, Phil Gambold – a colourful character who read the paper and come to let me know he was there for Pauline and I. We had a great conversation and […] […]

  2. Well they did “do them like a dinner” – 86 points I think, Geelong’s only loss so far. Hmm, maybe Malthouse is smarter than I give him credit for. Still C’wood will have to beat the Saints into 4th spot. There won’t be any other contenders for it, as Sydney, Brisbane & Adelaide are all going backwards.

    Why am I still up? I’ve been watching Le Tour de France, 9th stage. Cadel Evans hung on to 2nd place overall (still only 6 seconds behind) despite a serious fall in which he might have damaged his collar bone. And the fall happened before the mountain climbs. He’s got incredible encourage Greg, he’s an inspiration too.

    “King Valley – the lost valley than no one can find”, not a bad advertising slogan.

    Good night.


    14 July 2008 at 2:48 am

  3. Correction: “he’s got incredible courage”


    14 July 2008 at 2:49 am

  4. Good luck this Friday Greg. I hope that you get the news you would like to hear.
    I’m afraid that – being a provincial – I can’t relate to your football news. Its a sad state of affairs to admit that, since coming to the states in ’84 “football” has assumed a different meaning. However, living close to Boston Massachusettshas its compensations. The rest of the country calls us “title town with the New England Patriots (so called “football”), the Red Sox (baseball) and now the Celtics (basketball) all winning national championships. In typical arrogant American fashion they are all referred to here as “The World Champion ______s” I’d love to see them play a real game of Rugby!


    14 July 2008 at 7:57 am

  5. Well, Greg, your journey continues and thanks for letting me tag along. I too wish you a favourable outcome on Friday.

    Sincere regards, JR


    14 July 2008 at 9:05 am

  6. Ray: If Collingwood ever get discovered in the King Valley, we will tell them about a Cittislow we have heard of. As for St.Kilda … bring it on!

    Peter: We can only feel sorry for you never being exposed to Australian Rules football. It is fast, physically grueling, no body armor, and we actually kick the ball. It is the only code where the players play one-on-one and do not line up as teams at either end of the field. Go to and watch a few clips.

    JR: Thanks Jim, A journey is always more comfortable with company coming along for the ride.

    Greg Naylor

    14 July 2008 at 9:40 am

  7. don’t talk to me about Collingwood Greg…not this week.


    14 July 2008 at 4:05 pm

  8. Talk to him about Collingwood please Greg, Jack’s an Adelaide supporter (how weird is that?)


    15 July 2008 at 2:26 pm

  9. There’s a lot we do not know about Jack … he might have emigrated from SA … he must have!

    Greg Naylor

    15 July 2008 at 2:33 pm

  10. He’s been a Croweater at some stage it seems. I hope he’s got over it!


    15 July 2008 at 4:23 pm

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