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Christina’s story: young and fit women get cancer too

In July 2017, Christina was diagnosed with early stage endometrial cancer. The 33 years-old had no symptoms, no bleeding, no bloating, and no pain during sex: she was in the best shape of her life! Today, the uterine and breast cancer thriver shares her story and tells us why genetic testing can save your life. Does this look like someone who has cancer? We can't assume young people don’t get cancer. We all have biases, but our medical professionals must set these biases asid

Alexis’ story: I’m proof you can survive Mesothelioma

At 37, Alexis was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos, mesothelioma. When some patients don’t even survive one year, Alexis survived 12 and even helped her partner Christian through his own cancer diagnosis. Today, Alexis talked about beating the odds and dealing with survivor's guilt. Alexis' story Alexis Kidd received her mesothelioma diagnosis more than 12 years ago. So excuse her for not remembering everything. What’s important is she’s still al

Millennial's story: the beauty in bald

Just shy of her 30th birthday, Millennial was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Today, the working mama and wife shares her story and insights on how to overcome a cancer diagnosis, find your beautiful through baldness, and stay grounded and grateful on your cancer journey. Millennial's story How did you find out you had cancer? I was 29 in the Summer of 2016 and I was just getting a good footing on balancing work, family and personal needs when I learned of my diagnosis of Non H

Stacey's story: I wish I knew I could store my tumour

8 years ago, breast cancer thriver Stacey went for her first mammogram at 40 years old. Today, the brave mama shares what she wishes she knew about personalised cancer treatment options. If you or someone you love is affected by cancer, it pays to know that no two tumours are alike, and each contains critical information to your treatment. Stacey's story After the scan of my breasts, I went home and waited for the results. I didn't think much of it as breast cancer doesn't ru

Amanda's story: my baby saved my life!

On what supposed to be the happiest day of her life, mum of 3 Amanda was delivering baby Frankie when her doctor said she needed a biopsy. 4 weeks later, Amanda was diagnosed with stage 2b cervical cancer with an 8cm tumour, 6 weeks of chemo and radiotherapy and 3 brachytherapy. Today, the 31 years old celebrates one year cancer-free and shares 8 best-kept secrets on how to listen to your body and live well with cancer. Amanda's story As she recovered from her emergency c-sec

Lauren's story: how to support a friend through cancer

Someone close to you has just heard the words "you have cancer". What do you do? How do you best support them through cancer diagnosis and treatment while also taking care of yourself? In honour of Family Caregivers Month, Lauren openly shares her insights on caring for a friend, partner or family member who has cancer. DIAGNOSIS: How did your friend react to her cancer diagnosis? The night of Vicki finding out her diagnosis, she cried herself to sleep on my lap. After the in

Kelly's story: when menopause strikes at 34

At 32, Kelly opted for a fertility-sparing treatment for endometrial cancer, with the hope that one day she could be a mama. After realising that she was one of the 'unlucky women' and the treatment didn't work, Kelly had her uterus removed. Today, the 34 years old shares what early menopause is truly likes for a young woman and how to manage it. My fertility-sparing treatment After she was diagnosed with uterine cancer (also called womb or endometrial cancer), Kelly tried hi

Deirdre's story: 8 secrets to fighting the silent killer

Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the silent killer. Today, we help you recognise the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and share the tips and heart-warming love story of ovarian cancer thriver Deirdre and her husband Charles. The silent killer Because my relatives had never survived cancer, my diagnosis of ovarian cancer stage 3a seemed a sure sign that it planned to kill me. Deirdre is the first one to admit that she didn't know the symptoms of ovarian cancer until

Carole's story: I've never known 'normal'

"It’s struck me as ironic that a girl who has craved a normal life has experienced a life that has been anything but normal." From the age of 25, Carole has experienced it all: multiple cancer diagnoses, high-risk pregnancy, and the birth of twins with autism and intellectual disabilities. Today, she shares her endless pursuit for a 'normal life'. When cancer struck at 25 My husband Clay and I had been married a little over a year when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Ashley's story: how I became my strongest self after cancer

Ashley is a Sarcoma thriver; she is also a mother, wife, sister, daughter, lover, friend, leader, advocate, and runner. Today, the proud marathon runner reveals how she regained the power she felt she lost when receiving her cancer diagnosis. My diagnosis: "I wasn't going to let cancer take my power away" After no longer nursing her child when he was 3 years-old (still producing milk and thinking she had a clogged milk duct), Ashley was diagnosed with a rare cancer, primary a

Christina's story: how to reshape your body image after cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer sucks. According to desmoid cancer survivor Christina, the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer community shares a unique set of challenges. Today, the inspiring 28 years-old shares her experience of meeting other young cancer thrivers and the secrets of how to love your body after cancer. Cancer wasn't part of my plan Christina opens her story with a confession, "I'm not a spontaneous person". "A planner by nature, I color-code my commitments i

Write your own ticket to happiness

Today, we celebrate International Day of Happiness under the theme Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. But, what does it mean to be happy? In this blog, we explore how trying to manufacture happiness might not be the answer to creating your best life. Here's how to charge up your happiness. What does happiness mean anyway? A while back, I saw a study that shifted my view of the world: Happiness comes and goes, meaning stays. Thin

Cry it out: 7 surprising health benefits of tears

Babies cry. Yet as we grow older, bursting into tears can be seen as a sign of weakness, something to be ashamed of. Imagine if your tears held a healing power - the body's natural valve to release bottled up emotions, so they don't manifest as pain, fatigue or illnesses. Grab that box of tissues, read on, and enjoy! The secret is out "Don't cry like a baby" "Boys don't cry" "Don't be so emotional" These are just some of the words that condemn tears. Many of us were told to h

Candice's story: family beyond ovarian cancer

To celebrate the start of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Australia, we share the incredible story of Candice who at age 24 experienced chemotherapy and the removal of a 15cm tumour, ovary, and fallopian tube. Candice overcame ovarian cancer and is now the proud mama of a beautiful baby girl. Today, she shares her tips for early diagnosis. Candice's story "My story begins on a Sunday Morning in April of 2011. I woke up to extreme stomach pain that seemed similar to the pain

Know your body: how to fight medical errors

This may shock you: medical mistakes are the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in America. In this blog, we share the best antidote against preventable medical mistakes to help you protect yourself and those you love. The facts: 3rd leading cause of death We all heard the saying "no one is perfect", right? Humans make mistakes. But, when it comes to your life or that of someone you love, that mistake suddenly becomes a lot more frightening. And, let

7 steps to ultimate self love for better health

Self-love is a term that often gets tossed around in conversations: “love yourself”, “you can’t love someone until you love yourself first”, “practice self love” – but what does it mean? Today, we share 7 easy steps to rock self love - despite and beyond illness. What the heck is self love anyway? To practice self love we first have to define it, right? Self love can be defined in different ways. What does self love mean to you personally? Here's my take on it: Love is gentle

Lucy's story: how to break the cancer news to family & friends

Your doctor tells you that you have cancer. One thing that comes to mind is: how will I tell my loved ones? Lucy Phillips, a wife and mama of four from Missouri, was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer at only 25. Today, she shares her story and insights. Lucy's story Weeks after being proposed to by the love of her life, Lucy was diagnosed with Stage 2A squamous cell carcinoma in January 2017. After attending a routine Pap test that she admits she was behind on, Lucy was

Kelsie's story: the first 30 days of my cancer diagnosis

Kelsie Barnhart, 27 years old, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer only days before Christmas. In this blog, she candidly shares the first 30 days of her cancer diagnosis with incredible wisdom, strength and resilience beyond her years. The first 30 days of Kelsie's cancer diagnosis "I can count on one hand the number of times I felt like I was dreaming even when I was awake: The time I found out Santa Claus wasn’t real. The first time a boy I liked held my hand. The ti

Carol's cancer story: more sunny days

Carol Lacey is a California mountain mum, wife, sister and daughter who lives with recurrent metastatic cervical cancer. Her passion for shattering stigmas of ‘below-the-belt’ cancers is her drive to share her story and secrets on how to find #moresunnydays through cancer. Carol's story Carol is a Cervivor Ambassador. In this video, she explains how cancer has affected her: I have lost everything below my belt. I've had my ovaries, my fallopian tubes, my vagina, my bladder,