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Published Date: 23 May 2017 Categories: Patients, Volunteer

Narseis Koshkarian

Narseis Koshkarian went to see his doctor after he had stomach pains for two weeks, soon after, he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. There began his long and difficult journey involving specialist appointments and visits to Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

He had to go to the hospital every month for two and a half years for blood tests. However, when he started chemotherapy, Narseis was in and out of hospital two to three times a week, for a total of eight months.

“After I had chemotherapy for eight hours at a time, I couldn’t drive, I was much too weak. The Leukaemia Foundation transport service helped me so much because I don’t have anybody at home to help, so it was fantastic. The volunteer driver would pick me up from my home and take me to my treatment and at the end of it all, they’d be there to bring me back when I was at my weakest. It was one of the best things to happen to me.”

Narseis remembers the essential role the transport service played in his blood cancer journey and thankfully, now that he’s doing much better, he wants to give back to the community and fulfil that role himself. Narseis not only valued the practical side of the transport service but also the companionship that came along with having someone friendly to chat to for the ride. He has been a dedicated volunteer with the Foundation for over a year and looks forward to being able to continue in this role for many more years to come.

Would you like to support Australian’s living with blood cancer and be a volunteer at the Leukaemia Foundation? Please visit our webpage or call us anytime on 1800 620 420 to find out more information. 

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