Geoffrey Hamilton, an RMH patient who is battling leukaemia, has been knitting beanies to raise money for the RMH. He shares his story.
“My wife, Jan and I recently moved from Wagga Wagga in NSW to a farm 60 minutes south of Launceston in Tasmania. Previously we had spent 25 years in Wagga which is near where I grew up on a farm. I am an engineer but have been involved in a range of businesses over the last 20 years including an aviation tourist business based in the Kimberley WA.
"I am a pilot and fly both aeroplanes and helicopters. I also play the bagpipes – but think they might be a bit too noisy for Ward 7B!
"I was diagnosed late in August (totally out of the blue), in the local medical clinic at Campbelltown (2000 people) in Tasmania but I relocated to Melbourne for the best treatment available. The relocation was a little traumatic as the staff in the Launceston General Hospital did not see a reason for me to move hospitals, but I explained that we had an apartment in Docklands that would make it easier for my family to visit, and myself when out of hospital.
"I was lucky that a friend was able to fly down from Wagga in a private aircraft and re-locate me to Melbourne the day of diagnosis.
"Why beanies? I have never knitted before but Jan encouraged me to learn to knit to help pass some time. If you follow the instructions knitting is not that difficult. I would like the proceeds to go towards the sculpture garden on the west side of Ward 7B.
"That is because I spent 4 weeks on that side of the ward looking at a concrete floor and grey colour-bond wall outside my window – not very inspiring!
"My advice for others with leukaemia? Listen to the doctors – they are fantastic and certainly know their stuff! Take one day at a time as things often change which means you can't plan too far ahead.”