Many people within the racing industry know Damian Miller has had a bit of a set back in the past few months.
If you don't know Damian :
Damian has been involved in racing for 15+yrs having his first ride (a winner) at Bunbury as a 15yo apprentice. He has ridden winners in several states of Aus as Sth East Asia, and numerous states in the US. A break away from riding saw him train for a few years with multiple city winners. He has a gorgeous daughter named Summer aged 12, who is developing into and extremely talented young rider.
The pain story begins :
After investigating persistent pain, that started in late August, through his right buttock and hip area following a race fall six weeks earlier a bone tumour was discovered in the right Ilium after MRI and CT scans,
Damians initial diagnoses was a Plasmacytoma (primary bone cancer) and he was placed under the care of world leading Sarcoma surgical team made up of several oncologists, radiologists, and orthopedic surgeons. Luckily they are all based here in Perth out of SCGH, headed up by Dr Rhys Clark, who has spent many years specialising in sarcoma surgery in the UK and Europe.
After three weeks of testing an open biopsy surgery was completed in early September and Chondromyxoid Fibroma or CMF was diagnosed. CMF is known as the rarest of all primary bone tumours, accounting for <1% of all primary bone tumours. It is a locally aggressive bone tumour and has a high recurrence rate and a low malignant transformation rate at <10%. There are less than approximately 400 cases documented since its discovery.
Damian kept riding for as long as he could as riding is his income even though the pain continued. Then the call came through and surgery was booked for the 25 th November.
He underwent the procedure to scrape out (known as Curretage) of the tumour and had a bone graft resection, and targeted radiotherapy. This has left him in a lot of pain and on crutches while he waits to meet with specialists to discuss any future required courses of action.
His current recovery period to heal from bone graft surgery is six months and during this time he needs to commence extensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation to regain full pre surgery strength and movement.
I have set up this go fund me page for Damian as i know how much pressure he is under with no income and the urgent requirement for him to begin his rehabilitation. People reached out to offer help and support which is amazing so i have created this avenue for them to help Damian in the most essential way. Any funds raised will go towards helping him 'get back on the horse' as quickly as possible. Also keep him in your thoughts as we are all hoping for positive results from the specialist when Damian meets with them next.
- Kristina Carver
- Leanne Carpenter
- geoff chatfield
- Tanya Stapleton
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