MANY people have been put Under The Auld Pump in the past 12 months. Here we recap some of the sad, happy and entertaining comments from 2021.
The talented North Warrnambool footballer reflects on his hand injury.
Can you please explain why you're lucky to be playing footy and working with horses?
I was two years old when I got my right hand caught in a meat mincing machine at home. My dad was there and rushed my into the Warrnambool Base Hospital.
The doctors looked at my hand at the Base and they decided I was to be airlifted to the Royal Children Hospital.
The doctors operated on my right hand for ten hours.
They were trying to get the blood flow back into my tendons and ligaments.
They had to reconstruct my hand.
I was very lucky that they saved my hand. My small finger on my right hand was the only finger not impacted by the meat mincer.
I've got no memory of what happened as I was only two years old but my parents have told me more then 100 stitches were inserted into my hand by the surgeons at the Royal Children's Hospital.
I had countless visits to the Royal Children's Hospital.
I can still remember when I was 12 years old I had to go back to the Royal Children's and the doctors had to release the tendons in my fingers to get the blood flow back because my right hand was closing up. The operation was successful.
Two years ago I had a skin graft on my right hand. They took skin from the bottom of my elbow and put it onto my right hand.
The mother of top Warrnambool horse trainer Symon opens up about her health battles.
What is multiple myeloma?
I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma back in 2012 after an incidental finding on a blood test and I was very lucky it was picked up.
The disease is not to be confused with melanoma - it's a very different disease.
Multiple myeloma is a bone marrow cancer arising from plasma cells, which are normally found in the bone marrow.
Plasma cells form part of your immune system. It's an incurable blood cancer.
Trials are not easy to get into but I'm fortunate to be involved in a trial now.
Every fortnight I'm at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne for my treatment. I usually go to Melbourne the day before when I have blood tests and get the treatment the next day.
I've been extremely lucky to have a great team of medical people, my family and friends helping and supporting me on this journey. John Hounsell and his team in Warrnambool are wonderful and I'm under Professor Hang Quach and her group at St Vincent's.
I had no understanding what multiple myeloma was until I was diagnosed with the incurable blood disease.
The statistics show that 2000 Australians are diagnosed with the incurable blood cancer a year which equates to 38 people a week.
On the scale of things it's called a "small"cancer when ranked against better known types like breast, prostate and lung cancer but as I said previously it's incurable.
I was put on my first trial in 2018 which kept me stable but I didn't respond; it kept the disease at bay.
I commenced the second trial in December 2019 and the results are saying I've got a very good partial response.
I'm very fortunate that after I have my treatment I can drive back home to Warrnambool.
I sit back and look with amazement when I'm receiving my treatment at St Vincent's Hospital the amount of support, care and love that the nurses and doctors give to the patients.
The high profile Channel 7 Chaser from Camperdown talks about his quiz passion.
How did your first love of quizzes come about?
It would have been in 1990 and the Camperdown scouts had a trivia night and my parents and my siblings attended and we won.
I can remember just loving watching quiz shows on the television. I was obsessed with them. I took part in a program called Million Dollar Minute.
It was like Sale Of The Century. I was the first player to get to $300,000.
The next year the show got axed.
Channel Seven got in contact with me about Chase Australia.
I auditioned for the show and six years later I'm still one of the Chasers on the program.
This Port Fairy builder tells how he met wife Dianne.
What was the good thing at the Winnap Store?
I met my future wife Dianne.
I've still got memories of going to the store at Winnap where Dianne worked and getting an Eskimo Pie ice cream.
I reckon I went there each day for six months after work to get an ice cream and was always talking to Dianne.
Then I got up a bit of courage so I phoned Dianne up one night and asked her out and she asked who was I.
I must admit that deflated me a bit but we went out and now we've four grown up children.
Dianne and I moved to Penshurst in 1978 for two years before going to Port Fairy to live in 1980.
Phillip played in Koroit's first football premiership side in 1971, but his career was halted in 1972.
Where did your footy career go in 1972?
I stayed at Koroit for 1972 but about halfway through the season we played up at Mortlake and I smashed my left ankle in a clash.
My parents were at the game and took me to the Warrnambool Base Hospital.
Koroit's Doctor Lawrence and Doctor John Fisher operated on my ankle.
They said I was to stay in hospital after putting a screw into my ankle for five days to see if the operation was a success.
They x-rayed my ankle again and found the screw had not worked.
They had to order a bigger titanium screw from Canberra for the next operation.
I spent another six days in the Base Hospital before Dr Lawrence put me in his little Mazda car and took me home to my parents' place at Mailors Flat.
I've still got the screw in my ankle to this very day.
The jumper I wore in that grand final victory 50 years ago is still in mint condition and I can fit into it today.
A judge at local race meetings, Tony discusses a business interest in Terang.
Tony, away from the races your wife Bree and you have opened a juice bar shop in the main street of Terang. How is the new business venture going?
Bree and I are very happy with the business. We're receiving great support from the Terang community.
Bree is right into fitness and mental health and is there offering advice for customers.
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