Deniliquin man Nellis Le Roux was diagnosed with stage three non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the end of April.TYLA HARRINGTON July 11, 2014 3:35am
Despite being diagnosed with cancer in April, Nellis Le Roux’s outlook remains positive.
Mr Le Roux, who moved to Deniliquin with his family from South Africa in September, 2012, was diagnosed with stage three non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the end of April.
The 45 year-old had sought medical treatment for a cold, but when his condition didn’t change despite the medication, his wife Ilse and two children, Emeric, 13, and Zander, 10, grew more concerned.
Eventually a computerised tomography (CT) scan revealed he had a tumour 10.3cm in diameter inside his chest, pushing against his airways.
‘‘At the start I couldn’t even walk from the driveway to the house without gasping for air,’’ Mr Le Roux said.
‘‘It was like I was having an asthma attack. I’m back at work now at the Deniliquin Rice Mill and my health has improved a lot.
‘‘I’m very curious to see if the tumour has shrunk (after chemotherapy) .
‘‘I’m going good. I feel really well.
‘‘The community and my family have been so helpful and supportive, and the blokes at work have been great.
‘‘I think that’s the reason I’m doing so well — everyone is so positive and it’s making me positive as well.’’
Mr Le Roux receives chemotherapy every three weeks in Melbourne. He will travel to Melbourne next week for his fourth round of treatment.
After the sixth treatment, doctors will reassess to see if the tumour has shrunk.
In the meantime Mr Le Roux continues to work full-time at the Deniliquin Rice Mill.
Since the diagnosis, Mr Le Roux said the community had provided an incredible support network.
So far the Deniliquin Baptist Church has raised almost $2000, while a fundraiser coordinated by rice mill employees including Dion Hearn raised an impressive $950.
Mr Hearn said people can still donate at Mobil North Service Station.
‘‘The guys that work at the mill have all chipped in and so has the entire community,’’ Mrs Le Roux said.
‘‘People have just been dropping by and saying, ‘Here’s something for you’.
‘‘As soon as people heard what had happened they all started jumping up and down fundraising for us. It was such a surprise .
‘‘We would also like to thank God for all the healing and blessings that He has bestowed on our family.’’
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