Exceptional Survivor Testimonials
Our exceptional ‘navigated’ cancer patients talk about their exceptional outcomes…
Most of these outcomes have been hard earned. They are the result of the patient’s tenacity, will to live and expert guidance provided by our cancer navigation services. Available to those enrolled in our Survivorship Care Plan with the Grace Gawler Institute.
As well, many of the patients below received a special cell-based cancer vaccine overseas, in conjunction with their other treatments. The vaccine has been successfully used (in Asia) since the 1990’s with over 10,000 patients – little to no side effects. As a result, some of the patients experienced DNA repair to damaged genes that were driving their cancers – verified on genomic tests.
Testimonial Ethics: All Grace Gawler Institute testimonials are medically verifiable. Photos are omitted to protect patient privacy.
Testimonials from Patients enrolled in our Survivorship Care Plan
NEW – SURVIVOR STORY – Dec 24 – 2019
Sonya – Metastatic Bladder Cancer – 2019
I discovered Grace and the GGI whilst searching for a personalised plan and approach to deal with my cancer diagnoses and treatment.
After my first session with Grace I signed up to the navigation package. Grace arranged Genomic testing and based on the results she devised a personalised plan and treatment schedule.
After chemotherapy finished I travelled to Japan where I received immune cell therapy and hypothermia. Grace had sent all relevant scans and reports to Japan and facilitated all of my treatment schedules, as well as keeping in contact with myself and the treating Dr.
The entire process was made easy by excellent organisation and communication.
Being able to access this treatment and having Grace doing the groundwork is one of the benefits of being a navigated patient.
Grace and Pip are both exceptionally supportive, intuitive and sincere and both offer meaningful direction with genuine care and empathy.
I frequently receive resources and updated information pertaining to my personal situation.
Being a navigated patient I have found the support, guidance and individual care to be exactly what I was searching for.
Grace and Pip are an awesome team and it is a privilege and honour to work with such caring mentors.
1. Teresa – Metastatic Alveolar Rhabydomyosarcoma – Head & Neck – Brisbane – 7 March 2019
Hi my name is Teresa and I am 47 years old. In August 2018 my life turned upside down. I was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in my face and neck. All up I had 4 tumours and the cancer was aggressive. After getting scans in Australia, my doctors discussed with me their opinions about my cancer. They said my cancer was only found in children and there is no recorded case found in an Adult in Australia. I was curious to see what treatment offer they had because for the last 5 years I have formed a close relationship with Grace & Pip due them helping my husband Mark.
Mark’s story is in these testimonials, recurrence breast cancer with lung mets. It’s been 5 years since we have signed up for the Cancer Navigation Package and with Grace’s unbelievable guidance, knowledge & contacts overseas, Mark is very fit and well. So while listening to the doctors about my cancer I had Grace already in mind.
2. Melinda – Metastatic Colon Cancer to Liver – Gold Coast – 9 February 2019
At 35 years of age, happily married mother of 2 young children, I was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer with no symptoms. It turned my world upside down. When notifying some close friends of my prognosis, they shared personal details of their own terminal cancer battle within their family and the successes they’d been having against the odds. They gave us hope and what was to become the most critical support advice I have received in my cancer battle. They recommended that I contact The Grace Gawler Institute immediately. My husband made contact the day after my prognosis, and after an initial consultation I committed to the Navigation Package and it has proven to be the BEST decision in my journey. One of the first things Grace said to me was “…the word terminal is for buses…” and from that moment it flicked a switch within me and set the positive mindset I need to fight the cancer beast.
3. Diane – Triple Negative Stage IV Breast Cancer – Diagnosed 2015 – New Zealand
In 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a wide, local excision. Because my cancer is triple negative, meaning it will not respond to hormonal therapy, I was recommended to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which I did and it was not pleasant. In 2017, it was found my cancer had returned and metastasised to the liver. As it was close to the hepatic vein, surgery was not an option. After scans, I was told by my oncologist that I had a life expectancy of 3 to 6 months, could be double that if I underwent chemotherapy.
4. Ben – Brain Tumour Glioblastoma Stage IV Wildtype – Diagnosed – 3/6/17 – NSW Australia
My wife and I were directed to Grace by another patient. This patient was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given six months to live. This was 5 years ago! I was diagnosed with a grade IV Glioblastoma and with so many things happening medically it was an extremely stressful time. We purchased the Cancer Navigation (NAV) package and the very next day had a Skype session with Grace. Prior to speaking with Grace, we had been told that there was no cure and treatment was limited to radiation and chemotherapy. The first thing that stood out for us was Grace’s knowledge. Speaking to her for the first time was exciting as we realised there was hope.
5. Carol – Advanced Stage 4 Metastatic Urothelial Cancer – New Zealand
Grace saved my mums life. She read the medical files, had a Skype session with us, told us who could help, forwarded all files and a summary to those doctors, and kept in relatively good contact along the way. Not bad for $1200. Mums stage 4 cancer is now barely visible. Best of all she’s alive after NZ doctors said she had 3 months maybe a few more to live. That was back in 2017. Thank you. Carol’s Daughter. Update: Feb 2019 Carol is currently receiving proton beam treatment overseas
6. Rachel – High-grade serous ovarian carcinoma stage IV – diagnosed December 2015 – Australia
13 January – 2017 – Email update from Rachel: Just letting you know I had PET/CT scan and results yesterday and I am all clear. I have No cancer! Many, many thanks for all your care of me and support over the past year and a bit and throughout my cancer journey. You gave us direction, courage, hope and lots of good paths to follow especially sending us to Japan and recommending a new oncologist and surgeon. My husband and I are so very grateful. We can’t thank you enough. As of May 2018 – Rachel remains well and cancer free.
Rachel’s Story: In January 2016 liver metastases were diagnosed along with multiple peritoneal nodes.
7. Janet – Advanced Metastatic Gallbladder Cancer – diagnosed May 2016 – Queensland Australia
Janet’s husband –”I feel so lucky that I clicked onto Grace’s name whilst doing a google search on behalf of my wife, Janet, who was diagnosed with advanced metastatic gallbladder cancer. * When I clicked onto her website, I immediately related to the mantra of ‘navigating the cancer maze’! That was exactly what Janet and I needed. Grace immediately gave us new HOPE, VISION & DIRECTION that we were sadly lacking at that stage of our journey!
8. Marianne – Advanced Micro Papillary Breast Cancer with Bone Metastases – diagnosed Oct 2016 – NSW Australia
Grace is the light in a sea of darkness for me. An angel brought into my life, she guided me through the complex process of obtaining effective cancer treatments overseas! Having been diagnosed in February 2014 with breast cancer, and having taken a number of alternative treatments working on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level, I was given the all clear. However, in November 2016, I was diagnosed with a huge tumour in my breast which metastasised extensively into my bones.
9. Elizabeth – Advanced inoperable pancreatic cancer – diagnosed July 2016 – NSW Australia:
After losing 18 kg in two months I was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. Surgery was performed. The tumour was wrapped around the hepatic artery and therefore the surgeon had to leave some tumour behind. This was followed by six months of chemotherapy. Two months after the completion of chemotherapy, I received news that the tumour had regrown with two spots in my pancreas.
10. Gary – Hepatocellular Carcinoma – advanced primary liver cancer – March 2017 – Canadian Patient
My name is Gary, I was diagnosed with severe advanced liver cancer in March of this year. Living in Canada I was given a year to live – probably less. The prognosis was the unfortunate product of a public health system that applies to New Zealand and Australia as well. All three countries have similar dismal records with this disease. Knowing I was in trouble I started checking around.
11. Robert – Advanced Metastatic SCC parotid with lung metastases – 2013 – Perth, WA.
My original diagnosis in 2013 showed a parotid tumour. I had a neck dissection diagnosed with SCC with mets in lung. PET CT showed avid nodules. The prognosis was poor. Grace Gawler, from the Grace Gawler Institute, organised for me to visit Japan for immune therapy in September 2015 after previous surgery, chemotherapy and radiation failed to halt progression of my metastases. Remarkably I only went once and the benefit was huge.
12. Ngareta – Advanced (local spread) Rectal Adeno Carcinoma – 2017 – Sunshine Coast, Qld
I cannot recommend Grace highly enough. Because of her, I’m now cancer-free. I was diagnosed last December, and didn’t know what to do. Luckily I found Grace, and I signed up for a cancer navigation package. I was totally opposed to having medical treatment, but she convinced me that that was the right way to go.
13. Karen – stage IV Nodal Marginal Zone Non-Hodgkins lymphoma – Oct 2017 – Darwin, Australia
In October 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Nodal Marginal Zone Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A mouthful I know! My NHL is one of over 40 different types of lymphoma. Mine is a very rare one and there is currently no treatment available for me. I am on what the Doctor’s call a ‘watch and wait’, with my Haematologist checking me every 4 months for symptoms.This means that I wait until it gets worse and I start to display symptoms then they will do chemotherapy treatment.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. I had a mastectomy and chemo. My cancer came back in 16 lymph nodes and both lungs. Australia had nothing new or promising to offer. They just gave me time and said I had a hard road ahead of me.
So my wife started a Google search and came across Grace’s website. We joined a Survive & Thrive Cancer Navigaton Package. We have been dealing with Grace now for 5 years and I am doing extremely well.
15. Weston – stage IV Metastatic small bowel adenocarcinoma – New Zealand – June 2018
July 13th 2017 I was diagnosed with Metastatic small bowel adenocarcinoma with mucinous features that was not curable. Very little is known on this cancer and I believe there are only about 3500 cases globally so does not attract a lot of research dollars or time.
Treatment recommended was palliative to try and extend life and quality of life. Chemo (as they do for other bowel/colon cancers) was recommended. They gave me months not years. I have always had a fear of putting chemo drugs into my system.
16. Patrick – Stage IV Advanced Metastatic Prostate Cancer – No surgery possible – Darwin Australia- June 2018
Hi – I am 53 year old Male who 6 months ago was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and yes spread to bone, local doctors were grim, and happy to put me through the ringer straight away without further questions asked, although I was shocked I felt I needed time evaluate and seek other opinions moving forward. After weeks of research I sought the survivors across the web, and every time I searched, Grace Gawler came up in my search.
A high profile NSW man, contacted the Grace Gawler Institute just two days before his scheduled surgery at a reputable Sydney hospital. They were about remove his eye socket & upper facial quadrant. He was extremely distressed knowing he faced a rigorous 5 month recovery affecting his quality of life. Given the urgency of his situation, within hours of his Skype call, Grace consulted her international medical network for a second opinion. Before long his scans & reports were sent to renowned eye cancer experts in Germany & Japan. A lengthy dialogue with many email exchanges followed.
18. Melanie – Stage IV Advanced Mestastatic Ewings Sarcoma – Darwin, Australia
On the 10th of August 2016, my GP advised me that I had a large mass in my pelvic area. This followed six months of acute back pain and then swelling of my right thigh to 73 cm. The six weeks that followed involved, a 2 week hospital stay, loss of my bladder function, discovery of a deadly blood clot, the loss of movement in my right foot due to tumour related nerve damage, numerous CT & MRI’s scans, plus several consultations with surgeons, specialists, radiologist, oncologist and general medical staff discussing an inoperable pelvic tumour, the possibility of surgery to remove my right leg, palliative radiation, mixed in with a vocabulary of medical words never heard before.
GGI Director’s Testimonial – Singapore Taiwan Research Trip – March 2019.
If you are considering engaging Grace Gawler as your cancer navigator & advocate, you’ll find the following stories a strong testimony to the breadth and width of her global cancer network.
For some time, we have been prescribing two Japanese manufactured lactic acid fermentation supplements; LACTIS & CHITSU; both functional food supplements that are nutraceuticals. We have also taken both products ourselves – results have been very impressive.
The following patients did not have the benefit of blood or tissue-based cancer vaccines but their testimonials demonstrate the role of a cancer navigator/patient advocate guiding them through the complex cancer maze.
Ged, Leiomyosarcoma & Liver Metastases & Bladder Cancer – UK, diagnosed Oct 2015
Since diagnosis with a rare cancer approximately 12 months ago, Grace has been expertly guiding us through the “local and overseas cancer maze”, providing us with options when at times it seemed that there were none.
Steve – Father of 10 year old boy with Brain Cancer – Australia Nov 2016 In August 2015 our family was dealt the cruellest blow. Our beautiful, loving life 9 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Life as we knew it changed immediately. The medical profession does not provide what you would expect in this situation. Camilla – Cancer of the Saecum, Liver & Lung Metastases – UK – Diagnosed Oct 2013 When you receive the diagnosis of cancer, you feel as though you are falling into an abyss with nothing to cling onto…..but then you find Grace! My oncologist gave me no hope. He offered chemotherapy but and I was told “we will keep you as well as we can for a long as we can”. I was 41 with a husband and four children; this was definitely not the news I wanted to hear. It was then that we found Grace. Beth – Gastric Cancer – Jan 2016 Thank you Grace for bringing a new perspective to our family’s life-changing challenge as we deal with mother, wife and daughter-in-law Beth’s metastatic gastric cancer. You’ve contributed in your straightforward and generous way, invaluable information that’s given us completely new directions to explore, adding a very special element to the incredible support of an ever-increasing group of therapists and clinicians. Fairlie Dec 2015 – Breast Cancer Grace is the “missing link” in the complex world of multi-disciplinary cancer management and treatment. Her ability to see the whole landscape of treatment and care options both nationally and internationally is unparalleled! As someone with a recent breast cancer diagnosis, she has been invaluable in assisting me with unpacking and interpreting the myriad of differing opinion that is out there. David Anastasi, Northern NSW, Head & Neck Cancer, 2012 If you have experienced the medical inadequacies such as the long overdue return phone calls, the lack of bedside manners, the feeling of having no control or input as to your outcome, let Grace guide you out of that minefield of disappointments, as she has for me. Joanne – Pacific Pines, Qld – Reactive Arthritis & Fibro Myalgia – June 2015 Grace Gawler is passionate about health and empathetic about working with what I could manage. She was very knowledgeable about test results and turning them into a treatment program that is working for me. Marnie 2015 – Early stage Breast Cancer: “I had the good fortune to find Grace Gawler and Dr Bruce Whelan through Grace’s book “Women of Silence” that was recommended to me by a friend shortly after my breast cancer diagnosis in September 2014.
Steve – Father of 10 year old boy with Brain Cancer – Australia Nov 2016
In August 2015 our family was dealt the cruellest blow. Our beautiful, loving life 9 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Life as we knew it changed immediately.
The medical profession does not provide what you would expect in this situation.
Camilla – Cancer of the Saecum, Liver & Lung Metastases – UK – Diagnosed Oct 2013
When you receive the diagnosis of cancer, you feel as though you are falling into an abyss with nothing to cling onto…..but then you find Grace!
My oncologist gave me no hope. He offered chemotherapy but and I was told “we will keep you as well as we can for a long as we can”. I was 41 with a husband and four children; this was definitely not the news I wanted to hear. It was then that we found Grace.
Beth – Gastric Cancer – Jan 2016
Thank you Grace for bringing a new perspective to our family’s life-changing challenge as we deal with mother, wife and daughter-in-law Beth’s metastatic gastric cancer. You’ve contributed in your straightforward and generous way, invaluable information that’s given us completely new directions to explore, adding a very special element to the incredible support of an ever-increasing group of therapists and clinicians.
Fairlie Dec 2015 – Breast Cancer
Grace is the “missing link” in the complex world of multi-disciplinary cancer management and treatment. Her ability to see the whole landscape of treatment and care options both nationally and internationally is unparalleled! As someone with a recent breast cancer diagnosis, she has been invaluable in assisting me with unpacking and interpreting the myriad of differing opinion that is out there.
David Anastasi, Northern NSW, Head & Neck Cancer, 2012
If you have experienced the medical inadequacies such as the long overdue return phone calls, the lack of bedside manners, the feeling of having no control or input as to your outcome, let Grace guide you out of that minefield of disappointments, as she has for me.
Joanne – Pacific Pines, Qld – Reactive Arthritis & Fibro Myalgia – June 2015
Grace Gawler is passionate about health and empathetic about working with what I could manage. She was very knowledgeable about test results and turning them into a treatment program that is working for me.
Marnie 2015 – Early stage Breast Cancer:
“I had the good fortune to find Grace Gawler and Dr Bruce Whelan through Grace’s book “Women of Silence” that was recommended to me by a friend shortly after my breast cancer diagnosis in September 2014.
Rona in the UK Says –
I haven’t met anyone else who has Grace’s empathy and honesty, depth and breadth of information and level of commitment to her clients. I feel I can trust her advice because she has my well-being at heart and wants the best results for me. Even after my initial treatments in Europe, Grace kept in touch and followed-up and supported me when I got home and was going through the toughest times. I feel I have a friend for life. If you are overwhelmed by information about cancer treatments, have questions about what you should do next, or feel you have run out of options, please contact her. 2013
Stuart M – Rural Victoria
In Stuart’s case we referred him for treaments overseas which reduced his tumour size enabling surgery to be successfully undertaken back in Australia – not previously possible.” Pip Cornall
Stuart recalls: “Friday September 7, 2012… possibly the worst day of mine and my family’s life.
Dearest Grace, I cannot express how much of a positive input you had on both mum and I during this challenging season of our lives.
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- Professional Praise – Grace’s Cancer Books
A word from Grace Gawler…
I meet some amazing people through my work with cancer patients.
It is an honour and a serious responsibly to assist patients and families as they navigate the complexities of the cancer maze.
This page features true testimonials and I know they will offer great hope and inspiration….
From Pip Cornall – Co-Director of the Grace Gawler Institute..
After a consultation with Grace about 90% of first time patients say…
“I wish I had found you sooner. “
Many had advanced tumour volume, had failed conventional treatments or had previously tried ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatments they found on Dr Google. Some were advised by friends or ‘natural practitioners’ without cancer experience.
Pip’s Audio Testimonial – Recorded early 2015 – Grace’s work was saving/extending patient lives with such consistency that in 2007 I stopped my work with boys in Juvenile Prisons (Oregon, USA) to support her efforts. In 2010 we foundered the charity – the Grace Gawler Institute