Grace Gawler DHM (dist) DBSc ATMS Mem IPOS, has over 4 decades experience in supportive care medicine for cancer patients.
Grace is a rare synthesis of multiple cancer related disciplines. A deeply caring therapist with a deep understanding of modern oncologic treatments, including genomic diagnostic screening & testing, pharmaco-genomics, immune therapies and more. Leading oncologists around the world embrace working with her and appreciate her knowledge and thoroughness.
First hand experience seeking overseas treatment: Institute founder, Grace Gawler knows what it like to be a patient with a life-challenging condition who has fallen through gaps in the medical system. A paralysed rectum evident following a routine surgery in 1997 was to change her life drastically.
In 2002-03, with just one Australian physician supporting her decision to seek an experimental treatment developed in the Netherlands, (15 others did not support her decision); she left Australian to seek her recovery. Her experimental surgery involved a long stay in Rotterdam.
The procedure involved surgically implanting a bionic device and electrodes in her lower back and buttock; designed to mimic the nerve supply that had been lost. Not tried before for her condition, it was successful and a world first! The device still pulses at 6 volts 24-7 and is responsible for Grace getting her life back; ending years of colon surgeries and failing ileostomy procedures.
The battery operated device needs to be replaced approximately every 3-4 years. So far Grace has undergone 23 surgical procedure since 1997.
The procedure is now performed in Singapore but still not available in Australia.
Click here for BBC Interview – Grace explains her world first procedure
Grace on ‘Walking the Talk’ – “I have walked the path as a patient. Since 1997, I’ve had 22 colon surgeries – 6 overseas. Each gave me quality of life & longevity. I persisted despite doctors & natural therapists in Australia advising it would fail. I believe I’d be dead today if I had taken their advice”. Last surgery – Singapore, Sept 2014.