Welcome: I’m Grace Gawler – You’re probably thinking how would a consultation with Grace benefit me?
Grace Gawler: “Apart from 40-yrs helping cancer patients attain good health and quality of life, few people know I have had both colostomy and ileostomy bags as well as 22 colon related surgeries. Six (6) of these were by necessity overseas. The financial cost was enormous but I have learned so much to pass on to my patients and my health is excellent.
The Cause: Unexpected complications from routine surgery. It was 1997. My husband had left our marriage but 3 days, when I had a total uterine prolapse. The surgical repair whilst in a shocked state of mind, had horrendous consequences.
I sold everything I owned and went into debt to pay for surgeries. I was told by 14 out of 16 specialists that it would be a waste of time seeking the very treatment overseas that has saved my life. My personal experience added weight to my qualified knowledge as a complementary therapist. My work improved enormously.
In 2016, as mentioned, I am in great health and able to sustain very long hours helping my patients and running our charity”
Special Needs: “Cancer patients with ileostomies, colostomies and other surgical re-arrangements; for example a large portion of bowel removed but no bag, have very special needs. Dr Google’s general advice for cancer patients or that found in cancer recovery books fail to meet the needs of this special group of patients.”
“Colon Cancer Care has become a specialist part of my clinical practice. This includes some of the more difficult colon cancer and pre-colon cancer cases. Adapting to body changes, including body image as well as the impact on intimate relationships is also my specialty.”
ANGELA – CASE STUDY: Angela’s amazing story can be heard on our weekly radio show – – The show also features interviews with two of the surgeons who implanted the bionic device which enabled Grace to become ‘bag free.’ Scroll this page to find their interviews.
Angela was diagnosed with adenomatous familial polyposis in 2011 with . She had a grim prognosis and faced an ileostomy. With my assistance Angela avoided her ileostomy. As of Nov 2014, her colonscopy shows Angela is still clear of polyps.
Her nurses and gastroenterologist are amazed. I prescribed scientifically sound complementary therapies for Angela. We monitored regularly via colonoscopies.”
The following TV interview, recorded in 2002, features Grace with her ileostomy. It gave her horrific burns from leakage. She had a very poor prognosis for a shortened life and a bad quality of life on a day to day basis.
Later that year Grace’s research for a better life led her to the Netherlands and her world first implant of a ‘bionic colon stimulator’ for her condition.
Grace was alone, without moral or financial support and travelling to a country on the far side of the world where few of the medical staff spoke English.
Her success is an inspiration for all those who face the horrific challenges of colon disease.
The following pictures date from the present (2014) working back to Grace’s first successful surgery in the Netherlands (2002-3). The Medtronic Interstim Device and the 4 electrodes designed to ‘awaken’ the damaged colon nerves with small electric shocks and stimulate peristalsis was a world first. You may remember most of her doctors and friends in Australia told her it was not possible.
Since then Grace has continued to achieve success for many patients, who like her, faced a grim prognosis. Angela’s story above is just one of many.
Grace in mid 2014 with ‘flathead’ fish she caught from the canoe in the background. This was prior to the surgery in Sept 2014 in Singapore