28 year old caring for my husband with recently diagnosed brain tumour. We have an 18 month old son.Brain tumourMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
My dad has recently been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, which has spread to the lymph nodes. Is the first person close to me to ever be diagnosed. I am married with 2 bubs under 2 years of age.Lung cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- colleenBreast CancerI have cancer
41 yo diagnosed in Feb 2012 with primary bowel cancer, which has spread to liverBowel cancerI have cancer
Breast cancerBreast CancerI have cancer
I have just lost my father to GBM after caring for him since diagnosis 10 months agoHead and neck cancersOther (Specify)
- JanetteBreast CancerI am a survivor
I fought and beat this cancer once in 2009. My life had gotten back to 'normal' and even better than before I was diagonised. This year another tumour was found and although the doctors say my scans are clear, I'll still need chemo for an indefinite period, this is quite disheartening and it is taking some time for me to get my head around this.Other (Specify)I have cancer
I am carer for my husband who has Lung cancer. And also has suffered two bouts of bowel cancer.Lung cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
I am a staff member of Cancer Council Tasmania (North)NoneI am a health professional
- Carls14Other (Specify)My loved one or someone I know has cancer
I have 4 family members with cancer at the moment.Bladder cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
21 year old diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 3Hodgkin's diseaseI have cancer
- yvette975Bowel cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- ShereeBreast CancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- JohnnoLung cancerI have cancer
- ChellebelleBowel cancerI have cancer
I am 22 years old and my Mother was first diagnosed with lymphoma 2 and a half years ago. After receiving 2 years of treatments aimed at curing the disease, we were told near the start of this year that there was nothing more they could do. An experimental drug at first appeared hopeful, however recently cancer cells have been found in and around the lungs and all treatment has stopped.Non-Hodgkins LymphomaMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
My wife who is my whole life has cancerCervical cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- MissyM_BCBreast CancerI am a survivor
- larsie24Other (Specify)My loved one or someone I know has cancer
- smileHead and neck cancersMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
Friend & advocateMelanomaMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- nazmooNoneMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- sammyliveshereLung cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
I was diagnosed with small cell Terminal lung cancer three and half years ago. I had a series of Chemotherapy & whole Brain Radiation.Lung cancerI have cancer
- belsBrain tumourMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
I teach in a Middle School & have just finished chemo and radiation for breast cancer.I am looking at returning to work now.Breast CancerI am a survivor
Have the brca2 gene and have had double mastectomies and ovaries and tubes removed recently. Is there anyone with a similiar situation out there? Would love to hear from them.Breast CancerI have cancer
- Jo HilderNon-Hodgkins LymphomaI am a survivor
I'm a 66 year old married woman. I am retired and living in the south coast of N.S.W. I enjoy gardening, reading, singing in a choir and last but not least my family and pets.Ovarian cancerI have cancer
- fairladyOvarian cancerOther (Specify)
6 years post diagnosis for EBC had surgery. chemo , radio @ 44 years oldBreast CancerI have cancer
- RitaOther (Specify)My loved one or someone I know has cancer
I'm 42 and from my surgery in April I have developed another condition, yet to be confirmed called minnier's disease.
I work full time and I am singleCervical cancerI have cancer
- BJ_ozBrain tumourMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- Nic41Brain tumourMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- Lesleigh Hooper
i am female age 54 married with 2 children and 1 stepdaughter.Have 1 3 year old grandson and another on the way.
And I have lung cancerLung cancerI have cancer
I am 28 years old, non-smoker, I was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (adenocarcinoma) in May 2012. I am using Iressa, a medicine instead of chemotherapy right now.Lung cancerI have cancer
- marns wife
26yr old wife to amazing rectal cancer survivor. Mother and business ownerBowel cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
Wife in stage 4 breast cancerBreast CancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
I'm a 16 year old femaleHead and neck cancersI have cancer
I enjoy cooking, music and travelling...so my cancer better not come back because I have got a lot of stuff I want to do. I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer in 2010 and have had surgery, a stoma,chemo,radio and a stoma reversal. I am bloody lucky because I had been seeing doctors for a few years with my symptoms before I found one who took me seriously and ordered the colonoscopy. I am here because I don't know anyone my age/sex that has had this experience and I would like to share my experience and hear about others.Bowel cancerI am a survivor
Diagnosed 29 Oct 2009 with bone metasteses, then a week later with breast cancer. Had radiation for pain on walking, then four rounds of AC chemo. Now on Tamoxifen and painkillers. Have a break in my pelvis so had more radiation for that; just getting over the burns, couple more months using a crutchBreast CancerI have cancer
18 months since diagnosis. Feeling a little lost on this journey. Thought I'd be a lot further from here than I am. Mother of two teenagers who don't need any more 'cancer clutter' in their lives. Getting tired of feeling this way how do I expect my family to continue to support me when I don't feel like supporting myself.Breast CancerI am a survivor
I am a survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (Approx 3 years ago). I have since struggled with anxiety and depression and all the side effects that they bring such as, panic attacks, lethargy, weight gain, poor concentration, etc. I now live in constant fear of my health, every ache serious, every pain terminal.Non-Hodgkins LymphomaI am a survivor
i was diagnosed in Sept 09. Had a mastectomy in Oct 09. Just completed chemo last week and I am on Herceptin every 21 days.
I was lucky not having many harsh side effects. I just suffer very badly of swelling and numbness of my feet. the toes are so bad that they have gone black. sometimes i cannot walk from the kitchen to my bedroom. My oncologist said that it will go away but it is over a month and i am still suffering.Breast CancerI am a survivor
- karen morris
I have been married for 36 years,have three children and 4 grandchildrenBreast CancerI have cancer
I lost my lovely wife to cancer after a 2 year battle on 21 dec 2011Liver cancerOther (Specify)
care-giverOther (Specify)My loved one or someone I know has cancer
I have advanced Stage 4 colorectal cancer, I tried palliative chemo, it did not work at all (my cancer was found way too late). My body can't take anymore, my oncologist has backed me up on my decision to now allow nature to take its course. I am at peace with my decision.Bowel cancerI have cancer
My son was diagnosed with GBM last October, 2010. He had the tumour removed and was given radiotherapy,and then chemo for 6 months. Three weeks after the chemo finished, he had an MRI, and was told that the tumour had grown back, although only about a third the size of the original. Another operation, and now he is participating in clinical trials of the drug Avastin as well as another chemo drug, not sure of the name, at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
As his mother, it has been devastating for me to see my son suffer with such a rotten horrible disease, and I am helpless to do anything about it...I can't "kiss it better" as we mothers do when our children are little. I found that, when the second tumour was discovered, my son and his wife were almost hysterical and panicky and didnt know where to turn for advice etc. It was seeing them like this, with my daughter-in-law crying on my shoulder and my son looking at me with that look in his eyes that said "help me, Mum", that I decided there and then to get a support group in our city going, for brain cancer patients and their families and friends.
I was lucky enough to enlist the help of a lovely lady who had actually nursed brain tumour patients at the RM for a long time, and had the experience, the passion and the compassion to see what I wanted to do, and to be able to help me. Her contacts have been invaluable, and we are now at the point where we will be affiliated with the Cancer Council of Victoria and be part of their support group network in this state.
At the same time, my son's mother-in-law is organising a fund raiser to get the money to continue with the treatment once the trial is finished in eight weeks, so my son is a lucky young man to have three strong women on his side, and by his side, through such a painful journey.
The thing that helps us all the most is being able to do something useful and keeping a positive outlook, although that was almost impossible for me for the first few months as I was in tears for most of the time and unable to function at times, my grief and my fear and my anger were so great. I have since been prescribed antidepressants and this has helped me to be strong again and to get this support group off the ground.Brain tumourMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- bjl151MelanomaMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
I am 62, single, living in the hills in Perth. Still working with a busy lifestyle. Very active and social personality.Multiple myelomaI have cancer
I am a stage 3 breast cancer survivor.Breast CancerI am a survivor
I was diagnosed with breast cancer six weeks ago following a routine mammogram, I'm 50 years old. I had my third op last week which was a partial mastectomy, I get the results in two days time and at this stage expect to start radiotherapy next month. I'd like to connect with anyone thats been through, or is going through, a similar expericence. I find it hard to talk to friends and I haven't got any family nearby.Breast CancerI have cancer
- elspeeBowel cancerI have cancer
- LaraLiver cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
- debbie2011Breast CancerI have cancer
- BobHBreast CancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
I am the mother of three daughters all in their 30's.My second daughter has just been diagnosed with cervical cancer. Unfortunately she is one of very few to have 2 types of cervical cancer. We are all trying to come to terms with the fact that we are now part of the growing number of poeple living with a loved one who has cancer.Cervical cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
My Father has cancer in his lymphnode, tongue now neck and lung.Head and neck cancersMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
cancer survivor of 15 years sharing my storyCervical cancerI am a survivor
- The Backward OXThyroid cancerI have cancer
I am 19 years old, my mum has just been diagnosed with cancer. I think it will help me to talk to other people who's loved ones have been affected by the disease.Non-Hodgkins LymphomaMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
BRCA2 gene positive
A wonderful partner in my life
Battled cancer 3 times and am in a better position spiritually than before
2 beautiful children
hope to run a retreat for cancer patientsBreast CancerI am a survivor
Diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma (contained). Approx 8wks ago had a radical nephrectomy of my left kidney. My tumour was approx 12cms. Still recovering. Also had hemmorage after surgery a week later and needed transfusing. Discovered a lump on my side by chance as the tumour was pushing my spleen and other organs out of place.Kidney cancerI am a survivor
- Jacqui Watson
I am not the patient it is my precious Mum.Uterus cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
Diagnosed suddenly with bowel cancer May 10 2009, when a tumor block the whole passage. Had surgery to get it removed May 13th, did IVF to save some eggs before 6 months of chemo (oxaliplatin and Xeloda). Passionate about life and have BIG plans, lots to accomplished re health and happiness.Bowel cancerI am a survivor
- affectedbycancerSkin cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
I have no idea who I am now my life is compleatly different I can not do my job, my days are taken up with hospitals, parking, busses, radiation treatments, personalities and people I don't know and I have no idea what will happen tomorrow, but I have not lost my sense of humor, I just have to work harder on my jokes.Other (Specify)Other (Specify)
50yrs of age, living in the Dandenongs,Melbourne
Two children 24,22yrs. May'09 diagnosed with large B-Cell Lymphoma/Burkit's Lymphoma in the bone marrow, stage4, aggressive.My chemo treamtment was CODOX-M and CHOP-R.
August'09 was the best news when i went into remission. As at Sept'09, i'm ready to explore ways of keeping cancer at bay forever. I do consider my self extremely fortunate to have reached this stage, despite the gruelling experience to date.Non-Hodgkins LymphomaI have cancer
- Mark A
I live in Tassie with my wife. I am a Christian, and I like to write, and play the guitar.Non-Hodgkins LymphomaI have cancer
44 yr woman, married with two wonderful children, health conscious and still unsure why I have been presented with this challenge.Other (Specify)I have cancer
- sunflowerBreast CancerI have cancer
- Summer FunBrain tumourMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
47year old female
bladder and uterus removal 2nd August 2012
ostomy bagBladder cancerI am a survivor
- Kylie JayneBreast CancerI have cancer
- MagBreast CancerI have cancer
- Kiwi_KJCervical cancerI have cancer
I am in a breast cancer high risk family. We are not BRAC positive, but I have 3 sisters with breast cancer, 1 paternal great aunt and 2 paternal aunts with/have had breast cancer. I am now 53yo.Breast CancerOther (Specify)
Oligodrenglyomia - right Temporal Lobe removed.Brain tumourI have cancer
I'm a law student completing my final semester of studies. I also work part-time in a pharmacy. I have been cancer free for 7 years now but still find that being a young adult survivor affects my day to day life!Hodgkin's diseaseI am a survivor
- carmelgBreast CancerI have cancer
I had an ultra low anterior resection with an Ileostomy in August 2010, reversed October 2011, fully recovered and back to a normal life again.Bowel cancerI am a survivor
- Sharon mah
I have NHL cancerNon-Hodgkins LymphomaI have cancer
- gazzaHead and neck cancersI am a survivor
I am 23 and was diagnosed with Stage 1B1 adenocarcinoma of the cervix (cervical cancer) in March 2012. I have had surgery and am on the road to recovery! I have just completed my university studies (Bachelor Laws/Bachelor International Business) and I am currently completing my practical legal training and hope to be admitted as a solicitor early next year
I have a blog and Facebook page which I share my story and hope to educate and raise awareness about cervical cancer, feel free to check it out.Cervical cancerI am a survivor
Diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma October 2004 in remission since April 2005. Have been having night sweats and itchy skin for four weeks. Have developed cough and pressure on upper chest and neck in last four weeks. Have lost a few family members to cancer and my dad has been fighting cancer for over ten years. Update 26th March 2011 the cancer is back. Update 2012 in remission again.Hodgkin's diseaseI am a survivor
I am 59 years young. I have cancer of the vocal cords.Head and neck cancersI have cancer
I have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer which has not responded to platinium based chemotherepy and currently being treated with 5FU and Gemzar and and I would like to join this forum to communicate with other people in this position. I am 60 years of age and reside at Mornington.Ovarian cancerI am a survivor
- Desy Cares
In 2006 at my 35th Birthday I announced to all my friends and family that on my 40th birthday I was going to shave my head for Cancer. Ironically in December 2009 I was myself diagnosed with the rare Cancer – Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. A cancer that as you may know is rarely treated with Chemo, so I kept my hear.
However, since being diagnosed I have undergone eight separate operations which included having half my palate, a third of my top jaw, sinus, adenoids, nerves and lymph nodes removed. The surgeons did a fantastic job, rebuilding my palate using skin, muscle and tissue from my left arm and right hip and an artery taken from my left arm to feed blood up to my new palate.
I then underwent 32 treatments of radiation. In September 2010, I decided that I was going to continue with my pack to help raise money by shaving my head so for the last year we were fund raising.
In September 2011, my 10 year old son, my wonderful partner and I all shaved our heads having raised $70,000 for Cancer Council NSW. A great journey, which I believed help me cope with my own diagnosis, however have to say I am glad it is all behink me now.
Now, I am just happy to discover the new Desiree and decided who, this new person is and how I can ensure I make a difference in this world, which is the reason I got this cancer in the reason.
I would be please to answer any questions any of you may have who are still going through this journey with me at the time.
DesyOther (Specify)I have cancer
I am a 28 yr old, my dad has lung cancer, he has had it since late last year. When it was discovered a stage 4 cancer.Lung cancerMy loved one or someone I know has cancer
Fit healthy happy really enjoying this stage of my life.
Loving Nanny to nine Grandchildren, proud Mum of three. In my 10th year with the love of my life.
Then ... in early February 2012 diagnosed with stage iv Adenocarcinoma of the Lung. I have had radium and just started Chemo. Like to chatLung cancerI have cancer
- mariebOther (Specify)I have cancer
Was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in September 2009. Had a bilateral mastectomy shortly afterwards followed by lengthy chemo including herceptin then then followed by radiotherapy. Then went onto tykerb for 9 months and am now on arimidex. All has been well with the check ups so far and fingers crossed continue to go well.
Since cancer I've been promoted into a job I've wanted to go back to for a very long time.
I live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney area and am enjoying life!!!Breast CancerI have cancer
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in Jan 2010. I am currently undergoing chemotherapy at St V's after undergoing surgery. I'm dealing with it all in a generally positive mindframe and have a fantastic support base with family, friends and work but am looking to share experiences with others. I have always been a busy, social person and am learning to take life a little slower at the moment. Looking forward to celebrating once I finish my 6 months of chemoBowel cancerI am a survivor
- tessaxBreast CancerI am a survivor
UPDATE: I'm 35 and heading into my second year post treatment and so far so good!
I'm 33 years old, diagnosed with Invasive Cervical Cancer.
I'm single and haven't any children, but do have two gorgeous puppies and a cat to keep me company.Cervical cancerI am a survivor
I am a 45yo Australian woman living in London.Other (Specify)I have cancer