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Share your cancer story



Knowing about other people’s personal experience of cancer can be a source of support and inspiration when you or someone you love is going through cancer treatment.

In this section Cancer Council supporters have shared their stories.

If you have a personal experience of cancer you would like to share, we would love to hear from you.

We are always looking for people who have been affected by cancer, whether personally or through a relative, to become media volunteers and share their story in Cancer Council communications and the media.

Real life stories may encourage people to get any symptoms checked out with their GP or go for the screening they’d been putting off, can provide hope and support to people who may be going through a difficult time and can highlight the importance of early detection and symptoms to look out for.

Your stories help us engage with the public and may encourage people to make a donation or take part in one of our fundraising events, therefore supporting our work to beat cancer every day, in every way, and save more lives.

Submit your story here


Read more stories:

Matilda Wagenaar

Matilda was diagnosed with endometrial cancer at just 25 years old.

Lauren Poole

22 year old Lauren went from test results to surgery in less than 24 hours.

Mark Awburn

Just after his 50th birthday Mark Awburn received a National Bowel Screening test kit in the mail.

Nick Barnett

At age 34 and just days away from marriage Nick discovered a melanoma.

Andrew Barrington

After going through his own experience with lymphoma, Andrew decided to become a Cancer Connect volunteer.

Michael Birchall

Michael was 25 when he discovered he had Stage 4 Melanoma.

Joshua Bonello

Joshua discovered a lump on his testicle just before his 23rd birthday.

Kimberley Brien

Kimberley was in her teens when she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma.

Garry Callaghan

Garry thought having a tan could help cover acne on his back.

Jo Cockwill

After her own experience with cancer, Jo Cockwill found a cancer volunteer role that suited her perfectly.

Samantha Coyle

Samantha had a gut feeling something was wrong, so she called the doctor.

Wallace H. Crellin

Wallace was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993 and chose not to have treatment.

Risto Doneski

Risto was enjoying his Saturday night when he felt discomfort 'down there'.

Barry Du Bois

A trip to the beach during Christmas gave Barry a much-needed wake up call.

Brett Finneran

Brett's diagnosis of brain tumours when he was 15 has had a huge impact on his life.

Emma Gierschick

When Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer, her first thought was 'I don't have time for that!'

Carol Godfrey

Carol lost the love of her life to a brain tumour in 2011.

Wendy Goodale

Wendy was in the final stages of pregnancy when the doctors told her she had cancer.

Ginger Gorman

Ginger Gorman shares her experience of thyroid cancer.

Grace Hamill

On the eve of her 17th birthday, Grace Hamill faced yet another melanoma.

Nell Hanbury

Nell was just 25 when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Bob Holden

Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had full robotic prostate removal surgery.

Kevin Jarvis

People were often surprised when Kevin told them he had breast cancer.

Bethany Kariys

Bethany shared her story with us for National Skin Cancer Action Week 2015.

Vince Kelly

Vince was diagnosed with his first skin cancer, aged 35.

Natalie Khoury

When Natalie was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, she turned to Cancer Council for information and support.

Sheila Lukacevic

Sheila's cancer experience made her stop to smell the roses.

Damien MacRae

Damien shared his story with us for National Skin Cancer Action Week 2015.

Jim Maxwell

Jim Maxwell opens up about his experience with skin cancer.

Kirsten Mccreghan

Kirsten was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014 and then breast cancer in 2015.

Rizsa Miguel

When Rizsa's daughter, Jamaica (pictured,) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, it turned the family's world upside down.

Samantha Mulligan

With three young kids and a wedding to plan, Samantha was determined to "kick cancer's butt".

Suzy Musarra

Suzy was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32 and didn’t have a clue about the disease.

Alison Newell

In the space of 22 days, Alison was screened and treated for breast cancer, and declared cancer free.

Emma Rackebrandt

Emma was diagnosed with a rare type of brain and spinal cord cancer.

Scott Roediger

Scott Roediger tells the tragic story of losing his brother Gavin to cancer.

Jessica Rusinko

Jessica lost both her parents to cancer. She bravely shared her story with us here.

Breanne Shaw

Breanne is passionate about using her experience to help support others with cancer.

Michael Wade

Participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program helped detect Michael's cancer early.

Kirsty Wickens

Kirsty's son Mason was diagnosed with a rhabdoid tumour when he was five months old.

Claire Williams

Read about Claire's story of survival with cervical cancer.

Tracey Williams

Tracey was diagnosed with stage 1 bowel cancer after experiencing severe pain.

Jenni Woods

Jenni's trip of a lifetime was cut short by an acute myeloid leukaemia diagnosis.

Greer Worsley

Greer shares her mother's story on her battle with cancer and how it inspired her to fundraise in her memory.

Bequest Stories

Tony Chiles

Tony had a desire to help Cancer Council after they helped him.

Bev Drechsler

Bev is doing everything she can to help save lives lost to cancer.

Doreen Flynn

Doreen watched three generations of her family fight cancer.

Jen O'Donnell

Jen decided she wanted to invest in future funding to beat cancer.

If you would like to speak to someone about cancer and the support available, please call Cancer Council 13 11 20 for the cost of a local call anywhere in Australia.

Cancer Council also provides online support through Cancer Connections, where you can ask questions and participate in groups, forums and blogs.


This page was last updated on: Friday, July 28, 2017