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By Michael Brooke
CAVALRY Officer Maj
Matt Carr has been
locked in a life-or-death
struggle for the past
nine years, fighting a
determined and coura-
geous battle for survival
against an enemy as
deadly as the Taliban.
In January 2002, Maj
Carr was 25 years old,
10-foot tall and bullet-
proof, when he was
diagnosed with testicular
"Without realising what was going
on, I automatically adopted this style of
military appreciation from the moment I
was diagnosed," he said.
At Sydney's Victoria Barracks Maj
Carr recently launched his book, Battle
Scars, about his struggle for survival,
which has attracted wide-ranging media
Maj Carr said the book outlined a
possible battle plan that others might be
able to use during their own war with
cancer and disease.
The theme for the book took shape
after his deployment to the MEAO in
2007, when he realised he had used the
principles of war to deal with cancer.
The first half of Battle Scars pro-
vides an account of Maj Carr's opera-
tional experiences, while the last few
chapters outline his strategy and philos-
ophy for dealing with a disease which
he uniquely describes as
a civil war within your
"Ironically, I believe
that my experiences
through battling can-
cer actually led to an
improvement of me as
an officer and as a per-
Maj Carr's strategy
for battling cancer is
based on the principles
"Instead of getting
worked up over the real-
ity that you have suddenly been hurled
into a war against a disease or illness or
tragedy, try accepting the fact you are
a soldier, a leader, with whole armies
of specialists and support structures at
your command and disposal," he says in
"That which does not destroy you,
will only make you stronger.
"But now that I can see how close
death has been and is, I'm privileged
with the gift of appreciating life."
Maj Carr has served in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Despite significant com-
plications, he has been able to continue
working in the Army, remains physi-
cally active and surfs weekly.
The 272-page book retails for $29.95 and is
available at leading book stores. Autographed
copies are available online at
Cancer 'like fighting a
civil war in your body'
Tales of support
By Natalie Alexander
TWO books recounting some
unknown stories from Australia's
military past were launched as part
of the Army's 110th birthday.
At a presentation at Russell
Offices on March 2, DCA Maj-Gen
Paul Symon and Maj-Gen John
Caligari launched Forgotten Men
by Maj Michael Tyquin and More
than Bombs and Bandages by Kirsty
Harris, which share the experiences
of two specialist groups from both
More than Bombs and Bandages,
Australian Army nurses at work in
World War I is based on Dr Harris'
award-winning thesis on nurses at war.
Dr Harris said she hoped her book
would show many military nurses
served beyond their call of duty, acting
as counsellors, protectors and surro-
gate family members to the wounded.
"My one regret is that the book
wasn't published 20 or 30 years ago,
when the diggers of the first AIF were
still alive," she said. "They personally
knew the value of the Army nurse in
her red cape, and were effusive in
their thanks for their lives saved."
The launch also featured Forgotten
Men, The Australian Army Veterinary
Corps 1909-1946, the story of a small
group that cared for the horses and
other support animals of the AIF.
Maj Tyquin was inspired to write
the book as a way of recording the
group's contribution, particularly in
World War I.
"Animals were an intrinsic part of
war, but like the soldiers they carried
or supported, they too had to be fed,
watered, rested and cared for," he said.
Both books are available from leading book
stores or at www.bigskypublishing.com.au --
Forgotten Men, 480pp RRP $34.99; More than
Bombs and Bandages, 352pp, RRP $34.99.
Stories to share: Maj Michael Tyquin and Kirsty Harris at the launch of their books Forgotten Men and
Bombs and Bandages at Russell Offices in Canberra.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
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