The following vignette is a typical Grace story. In this case, Grace collaborated closely with Dr Baskin, a leading US brain surgeon, (on behalf of a young patient with brain cancer). Impressed by the high standard of Grace’s medical collaborations he wrote her a 4-page letter which ended with – see below
I have known Grace since 2009. We have worked together sourcing best options for a number of her patients. I have always been impressed by her thoroughness, professionalism and tenacity to seek best treatment options for patients in her care.
Professor Francis Seow Choen – Renowned Colo-Rectal Surgeon, Singapore. 2016
Grace Gawler inspires and motivates those who hear her speak about her experiences in helping both those who have cancer and those who support them. Grace has the ability to put complex issues across in such a way that people can immediately grasp how they themselves can adapt and use the ideas. Her approach is inspiring for people on a spiritual level, whilst at the same time providing a real grasp of the practical issues that face people. A rare talent in this complex field. Pat Turton – Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of West England
Grace is an excellent communicator to both large and small audiences. She speaks with clarity and a simplicity which is well accepted by lay audiences. Those who know Grace, are impressed by her as a person of humility, high intelligence, confidence, capability and a quick analytical insight. She approaches her work and speaking with diligence and enthusiasm. Professor Ray Kearney, University of Sydney
Australian Medical Associaation (AMA) Award Nomination
It is a pleasure and an honour to supply a letter in support of the nomination of Grace Gawler for the AMA Award for Excellence in Health Care. I feel her greatest contribution has been, as is well known, her cancer support service, mainly to women suffering from the disease.
I speak not only as a mainstream medical practitioner, but also as one whose wife survived for eight years with diffuse bony metastases from breast cancer. Grace was her main supporting practitioner outside of mainstream medicine, and her contribution to this and the many thousands of women she has helped in a similar fashion should not go unheralded.
She has filled and thankfully continues to fill ‘a gap’ which has developed because we in mainstream medicine seem to have forgotten those old adages of
(a) first, do no harm and
(b) never destroy a patient’s hope completely.
‘To point the bone’ by telling a patient they have a finite survival time is in my opinion of no benefit, but actually counter-productive. I have seen, in my previous practice as a general surgeon, such patients die as predicted, not from the cancer but in misery with malnutrition because they were unable to eat with the worry and debility from lack of sleep.
It is possible to live ‘quality life’ with disseminated cancer, as I have seen with my own wife, thanks to the help of the wonderfully empathetic Grace Gawler.
We in mainstream medicine have a lot to ‘re-learn’ about the management of cancer patients, and I feel Grace is the one who could teach us if only we would listen. John Sing – Consultant Vascular Surgeon (Ret) – Southport, QLD 4215
Grace has been a key speaker at three of our seminars. At each of these seminars, Grace has provided inspiration and encouragement to breast cancer sufferers, some of who have travelled many kilometres to here her speak. Her exceptional communication skills have assisted many women in taking control of their own health. Breast Cancer Association of Qld
A poignant, elegantly presented keynote address that profoundly touched the hearts and souls of the 300 who attended. Cork is grateful for your journey here. Cunmah Group, The Bonsecours Hospital, Cork, Ireland
Corporate lunchtime presentation: “Fantastic! Inspiring! Well done!” Tony Bongiorno Bongiorno & Partners, Melbourne
Words cannot express what a joy it was to hear your story told with such simplicity and inspiration. You left us all in a profound sense of presence of universal and divine compassion. Over the years we have had hundreds of speakers as you can imagine. Some more than excellent and most of them inspiring in their different ways. But last night was an exceptional presentation. Pat Pilkington MBE, The Bristol Cancer Help Centre UK (Now The Penny Brohn Centre UK)
I wanted to thank you once again for your wonderful lecture on Saturday at “Claire’s Memorial Day” I really wished Claire had met you- she would have loved your zest for life, your uplifting humour and your constantly challenging mind! The content of your lecture was fantastic – everyone in the audience benefitted in some way. You truly inspired people to “think out of the box” and live their lives in a new and exciting way. Claire Harding Memorial Lecture, University of Essex, UK
Although I attended your seminar as a carer/supporter, I received more out of the presentation than many other self-development and health seminars that I have attended. I feel your seminars would help all who wish to develop and advance in today’s world. The skills I learned will help me now and in the future; things I wasn’t even aware of before attending. Christine Barnes, Cairns, Qld
“It was a privilege and blessing to work with Grace, who generously shared her bountiful talent with our scholars . Grace brought to life the true healing spirit and intention of therapy, and translated this into a workable model which the students could easily apply into their day to day jobs as therapists. This spirit of healing is something that the whole industry needs to assimilate and Grace is a catalyst in making this happen.” Cathy Turvill-Brilliantes – Spa professionals – Manila Philippines.
‘ I applaud Grace Gawler’s advocacy for the therapeutic relationship as the key to client self empowerment and healing. Grace turns the professional practitioner’s attention towards how we are being with the client, rather than what we are doing to the client. Drawing from both her personal and professional experience, Grace shows us a way of being present with our clients; a way in which our therapeutic techniques and frameworks can be re-contextualised, so that they no longer mediate our interaction with our clients, but take their rightful place as an adjunct to the therapeutic relationship.’ Sharron Mackison— Reiki Australia