Personal cancer stories

PERSONAL STORIES

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KAREN

While training to be a fire fighter, Karen, discovered a lump in her breast and was later diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. Sadly, Karen passed away on the 19th February 2019. She was 41 years old.

Hamish smiling

Hamish

No family should have to face a cancer diagnosis, let alone two. Hamish died from a brain tumour when he was eight years old, and his mum, Susan, is now facing an incurable breast cancer diagnosis.

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CHARLIE

Treatment has severely affected Charlie, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015. As a result of surgery, Charlie's hair won’t ever come back, he can’t walk properly and his pituitary gland is damaged so he can’t grow anymore.

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Emily

Emily was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2011, which later spread to her lymph nodes, lungs and brain. She openly shared her experience on YouTube and touched the lives of many. She passed away in June 2018, aged 24.

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Isser's Story

Isser had no idea she was at risk of developing skin cancer, so getting diagnosed twice was a massive shock. Now five years cancer free, she's on a mission to raise awareness and live life to the full.

Ollie jumping off a bungee jump platform over a lake with mountains in the background

Ollie's Story

Ollie was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma when he was three years old. Now 23, Ollie travels the world bungee jumping, abseiling, snowboarding and doing anything that gets his adrenaline pumping.

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JAMIE

When Jamie was just 24 he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour that ended his judo career. Jamie passed away in November 2017.

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Amanda

30-year-old Amanda has vaginal cancer, a rare type of cancer that usually occurs in women over the age of 70. Though her prognosis is unclear, Amanda has plans to help others going through treatment.

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Georgie

Georgie was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and finished treatment in February, only to be told that her cancer has returned. Optimistic and upbeat, she channels her energy into raising awareness.

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MICHAEL

Michael and Shannon had been married for two months when he was told he had leukaemia and may only have two weeks to live. Despite seeing improvements, Michael’s condition worsened and sadly, he died in September 2018, aged 25. 

Felicia sitting in hospital chair.

FELICIA

20-year-old Felicia was first diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma when she was just 6 years old. She underwent treatment, but her cancer returned when she was 9, and then again at 18. Felicia has now been told that her cancer is incurable.

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CHRIS

Chris was diagnosed with osteosarcoma after doctors discovered a tumour in his leg when he was 19, resulting in a leg apputation. Now 22, Chris’ cancer is shrinking, and he's raising awareness of cancer in young people. 

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David's Story

David was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2008. After going through chemotherapy, he started doing fundraising challenges as a way to fight back and get back to normality.

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EVE

Eve was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, in 2015. Her doctors tried multiple treatments but they eventually stopped working. Very sadly in June 2017, Eve died aged just 11.

Anita with her husband by the sea

ANITA

Following her engagement to Scott, Anita was diagnosed with stage 2, grade 3 breast cancer in December 2015, meaning her dreams were put on hold. 

Sue smiling showing mastectomy tattoo

SUE

Following her diagnosis for an aggressive form of breast cancer back in 2008, Sue had a double mastectomy. To mark five years of remission, she got a tattoo over the scars to celebrate her victory over cancer.

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ANNALESHA

Annalesha was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2015. With two young kids and a loving husband, it was the last thing she ever imagined happening. Very sadly Annalesha passed away in July 2017. 

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STEVE

Steve was diagnosed with bowel cancer six years ago. Following recovery, he’s now getting payback on cancer by taking on climbing challenges and spreading the importance of early diagnosis.