Stories of people affected by cancer

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Read these personal stories, shared by some generous individuals, about cancer and its impact on their lives.

Ian Allen

Ian Allen
Ian Allen

Silver hair brushed back, wearing his signature corduroy jacket, at 71, Ian Allen OAM looks very much the ageing rock ‘n’ roller.

Ian was caring for his elderly mother in 2001 when he developed a range of troubling symptoms. Eventually diagnosed with aggressive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, Ian describes his 15-year cancer journey.

Read Ian's story 'At the end of the day it's my body'

Linnet Hunter

Linnet Hunter

Linett Hunter is a writer, a facilitator and a coach, teaching and assisting others. Her working life revolves around giving and helping people. The tables were turned when, a year ago, at age 58, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Read Linnet's story 'It's not selfish - it's self care'

James Williams

James Williams

James Williams describes himself as a ‘blackfella’. He is a proud 54-year-old Waka Waka man. He was born in Goreng Goreng country in South East Queensland near Bundaberg. He is one of seven children. James describes his journey to assist his community, and his colorectal cancer journey.

'Never good news'

Alexis Kolsky

Alexis Kolsky

Exams or x-rays, study or scans, university or ultrasounds, cocktail parties or chemotherapy, holidays or hip replacement ‒ these are not the everyday choices facing a 17 year old. Alexis Kolsky was confronted with them when she was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, during her VCE exams.

Read Alexis's story 'Can't run, can't jump, can't ski'

Judy Sammut

Judy Sammut

Looking back, Judy Sammut reflects that, if she’d had a mantra at the time, it would have been: ‘There’s life after breast cancer’. A simple phrase and one that she still uses today, 20 years on from her initial diagnosis, when she speaks with other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Read Judy's story 'There's life after breast cancer'

Meg Rynderman

Meg Rynderman

Meg Rynderman describes herself as a wife, mother and grandmother and a volunteer with the Survivorship Centre. Meg describes her cancer experience which includes Hodgkin lymphoma and breast cancer.

Read Meg's story 'You're so lucky' - a speech given by Meg at the Peter Mac Grand Round presentation 2012

Richard Gardner

Richard Gardner

A family history of breast cancer, his working history with the Department of Agriculture and almost 40 years in the Country Fire Authority suggested some health issues could occur in later life. After finding a lump in his neck, Richard was diagnosed and treated for both tonsil cancer and an unrelated bowel cancer.

Read Richard's story 'God I'm lucky, dead lucky'

Roger Moulton

Roger Moulton and Nifty

It was their dream – to retire and move to the country. A new relationship in their early 50s, a small business and a farm; everything was working out the way they had planned. Roger Moulton's story is not only about a man who had cared for his wife through her cancer experience but one who at was going through his own prostate cancer journey at exactly the same time.

Read Roger's story 'Much more than a tree change'

Sarah Tarr

She was too young to actually remember the beginning – she was only three years old. Her parents, both grateful that she survived, have fleshed out the early memories.

Read Sarah's story 'Time may change me'

Andrew Howard

A storm brewing: a single man, 49 years old, fit and healthy, a fall while on a run leading to stubborn pain that was resistant to treatment. His medical training suggested that something more was at play.

Read Andrew's story 'There are all sorts of different survivals'

Mikah Montgomery

It begins like a horror story – a history of mental health challenges and substance dependence issues, then a sudden cancer diagnosis. But instead, it's a story of resilience and hope.

Read Mikah's story 'There’s no happy pills or magic wands'

Natalia Dewiyani

You may have noticed her standing blindfolded in Federation Square offering free hugs, on the television news described as “Peter MacCallum’s huggiest patient”, or come across her website, which outlines her goal of collecting one million hugs in her lifetime.

Read Natalia's story 'One smile a Day'

Tell us your story

Do you have cancer? Have you had cancer? Perhaps you're a carer for someone with cancer?

Contact the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre to find out more about sharing your story.


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