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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:

Vanessa Kennewell

Vanessa's pancreatic cancer diagnosis came as a shock for her and her family.

Tania Champion

Health has always been a priority for Tania, that's why her cancer diagnosis came as such a shock.

Wendy Goodale

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

Samantha Mulligan

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

Vince Kelly

Vince is passionate about sun protection after numerous experiences of skin cancer.

Jacinta Tooth

Jacinta had just finished year 12 when she found a suspicious lump.

Jim Maxwell

Jim Maxwell opens up about his experience with skin cancer.

Philip Miller

When Philip's wife was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, he resigned from his job to look after her.

Samantha O'Neill

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

Magalie Lameloise

Magalie was sitting at a café about to dive into a piece of chocolate cake when a doctor rang.

Barry Du Bois

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

Annaleise Van Den Brande

Annaleise was just four months old when a family member noticed a lump.

Emma Rackebrandt

Emma had to learn how to live life as a paraplegic after a tumour was found on her spine.

Claire Williams

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

Joshua Bonello

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

Dr Graeme Jones

As a busy GP Dr Graeme Jones never really thought much about his own health.

Garry Callaghan

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

Wallace H. Crellin

Wallace was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993 although he had no symptoms.

Cassie Hower

At the age of 34, Cassie Hower was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Michael Wade

Michael shares his story on how doing a voluntary bowel cancer test helped catch his cancer early.

Kylie Roberts-Frost

Find out how the accidental discovery of a melanoma may have saved Kylie's life.

Greer Worsley

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

If you would like to speak to someone about cancer and the support available, please call our Cancer Council Helpline at 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: Monday, February 17, 2014

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