The survivor stories below are of patients carefully navigated by Grace on a Survivorship Action Plan. They have been able to access innovative treatment hubs via Grace’s national and international medical networks.
All stories are medically verifiable. To protect patient privacy, names and photos are omitted.
Cancers with the same name are not all the same
Patient Stories presented on this website are done so to acknowledge and congratulate the women I have assisted during their cancer recovery.
I am aware that women diagnosed with cancer are often keen to follow the journeys of other recovered patients and especially, celebrities.
Whilst cancer survival stories are inspiring, I highly recommend that you don’t try to copy recovery protocols of other patients. To do so, places you in a one size fits all category.
Remember, even if a cancer is diagnosed by the same name; your cancer is highly likely to be different. For example there are many different types of breast cancer requiring different treatment strategies.
An important lesson in tumour biology is that histologically similar tumours can have extensive differences when analysed at the genomic level. This is why genomic testing can be so helpful in determining a treatment pathway.
Like people; not all cancers are the same.
Survival Stories - Women with Cancer
Alison – Recurrent TNBC BRCA2 mutation
Alison from NSW was diagnosed in 2016. She had a double mastectomy, various chemotherapies and radiotherapy. Became a Navigated Patient in Sept 2020
Recurrent TNBC with a BRCA2 mutation was a confronting diagnosis and the standard treatments for TNBC patients did not work for me.
Alison says; searching for alternative treatments on the internet and elsewhere wasted my time, energy and money. But instead of giving up hope and living the rest of my life in fear, fortunately I found Grace Gawler!
Grace comments on how Alison made a positive from TNBC – June 2022
Alison has shown all the attributes of a survivor-focused attitude. Dedication and determination have served her well along with the amazing support of her husband. She has applied discipline and compliance. Her communications with me have been exceptional. Coaching and emotional support have been mainstays of her cancer recovery program. Based on decades of experience referring patients overseas, it became clear that Alison was running out of options. I sought international opinions to treat her liver and skin metastases.
She was accepted for treatment at two of our trusted international clinics; treatments not available in Australia.
It took a combined effort to make the impossible possible! Despite the challenges of the pandemic, she decided that the time had come to seek treatment overseas.
Advanced Micro Papillary Breast Cancer with Bone Metastases
Diagnosed 2014 – still in Remission 2021
Marianne, NSW. Long Term Survivor
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.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) locally advanced – both breasts.
Diagnosed 2014 – still in Remission 2022
Sandra B. NSW. Long Term Survivor
I was shocked when diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer – a high grade carcinoma with lymph node involvement. The doctors said that my cancer was locally advanced with several lumps evident on scans throughout my breast. I had only found one lump which I ignored for several months before seeking help. When further suspicious nodes were found I began to lose hope.
Diagnosed 2002 – many recurrences – low grade to high grade 2021
Carol – New Zealand – Long Term Survivor.
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. 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.
NOTE: Carol has survived using a combination of treatments including proton beam, cell based immune therapy and other targeted treatments.
Ovarian cancer – liver and peritoneal metastases
Diagnosed 2015 – still in remission 2022
Rachel. Queensland, Australia – Long Term Survivor
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.
Rachel’s Story: In January 2016 liver metastases were diagnosed along with multiple peritoneal nodes.
Advanced metastatic gallbladder cancer
Diagnosed 2016 – still in Remission 2021
Janet – Queensland. Long Term Survivor
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!
I was not prepared to accept the traditional oncology approach of no other options than chemo. In my wife’s case, we were also told that chemo was not the cure!
Advanced (local spread) Rectal Adenocarcinoma.
Diagnosed 2017 – still in Remission 2021.
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.
Nodal Marginal Zone Non-Hodgkins lymphoma stage IV.
Diagnosed 2017 – still in Remission 2021
Karen. Darwin- Long Term Survivor – Oct 2017.
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 advised by my Doctor that he will treat me with the chemo used to treat patients with Follicular lymphoma as that is all that is available for me. My symptoms may present in 1 year or 10 years, they don’t know.
Judith – Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer – mastectomy
In April 2021, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I was convinced that my healthy, vegan lifestyle of many years would protect me from cancer. I was able to make arrangements for a mastectomy but that was about all. I had no idea what to expect after the operation and no idea of how to go about choosing an oncologist.
Luckily for me, I stumbled across Grace Gawler’s website and was able to have a Zoom meeting with her about a week before surgery. It was amazing the difference it made to the way I felt about my future. Grace, with her knowledge and experience, was able to bring a feeling of calm and control to a situation which until then had felt like I was walking through a nightmare.
Fairlie – Breast Cancer Survivor
Grace is the “missing link” in the complex world of multi-disciplinary cancer management & treatment.
Her ability to see the whole landscape of treatment & care options both nationally & internationally is unparalleled!
Her depth of knowledge, broad experience base, compassionate character, plus her intellectually curious & rigorous nature; make her an anomaly in the field.
Primary Peritoneal Cancer – Diagnosed 2017 – updated 2022
Irene, Qld – written by Irene’s husband – Joe
In 2017 my wife was diagnosed with Primary Peritoneal cancer where the treatment was the same as Ovarian cancer. After the operation and first lot of Chemo therapy my wife had ongoing intravenous Chemo based preventative injections. After about 8 months her CA125 count started to climb to above 30. At this point she had to start the chemo sessions again. I was aware of the success of the Japan immunotherapy treatment which worked for my niece’s partner who had breast cancer and was running out of options in Australia.
Metastatic Ovarian Cancer
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 1990. 2021 resolved. Minimal residual ovarian cancer 2021
Anna F – Sydney NSW, Australia
When I was first diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, I was not at all concerned, we had found it early and I had complete faith in the medical team that I had supporting me. I was sure that I would get treatment and life would go back to normal. Well, none of that happened!
Invasive Breast Carcinoma – Triple Positive
Diagnosed 2014 – still in Remission 2022
Marnie, Queensland 2014 – 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.
My first consultation with Dr Whelan and Grace Gawler was within a few weeks of my diagnosis. I, like many newly diagnosed patients had made numerous appointments with ” Dr Google “and had been lured into exploring “alternative” treatments for my cancer, as well as having embarked on radical diet changes.
Men's Survivor Stories
Metastatic squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
Diagnosed 2010 – 2021 still in Remission
Alan M. Gold Coast. Long Term Survivor – left sinus spread to scalp and facial nerves in 2010.
One year before my cancer diagnosis I had constant headaches, but all standard diagnostic tests were normal. Then I developed numbness throughout my left scalp that spread to my tongue nose and then mouth. An MRI found a meningioma, but they thought that it was benign and nothing to do with my symptoms. A biopsy confirmed a diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma in behind my eye and surrounding structures. Pathology performed on my tissue called it a secondary or metastatic SCC cancer, but no primary lesion was found.
Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma – base of tongue and lymph node – A minimally invasive approach.
Diagnosed 2019 – still in Remission 2022
Lawrence – Northern NSW, Australia.
Here’s what Lawrence had to say about his experience being navigated by the Grace Gawler Institute….
“Although I was the patient, my journey was a joint partnership with my wife.
In October 2019, I discovered a lump in my neck. This came as a great shock as I had been
living a very healthy lifestyle and I felt fitter than I had felt for many years. I got the shocking
news that I had Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
The referring radiologist’s recommendations of a biopsy, surgery and a possible neck
dissection, followed up by chemo-radiation therapy just didn’t feel right, as the potential side
effects sounded horrific. It scared the hell out of me.
My wife and I were desperately searching Dr Google for alternative cures, and while
researching nutrition, stumbled upon the Grace Gawler Institute. It felt like a good fit for us, and we sent an email straight away.
Metastatic squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) – orbit and optic nerve (SCC)
Diagnosed 2016 – still in Remission 2021
John, Sydney, NSW. Long Term Survivor.
Advanced breast cancer – hormone positive – stage IV (Male) lung metastases.
Diagnosed 2006 – tumours dormant in 2021
Mark. Brisbane. Long Term Survivor
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 Navigation Plan in 2014. With Grace’s Cancer Navigation Service, Grace collaborates with various overseas doctors on our behalf, advising and monitoring all treatments in great detail and consistency.
Hepatocellular Carcinoma – advanced primary liver cancer
Diagnosed 2017 – Long Term Survivor
My name is Gary, I was diagnosed with severe advanced liver cancer in 2017 of this year. I was given a year to live – probably less. Knowing I was in trouble I started checking around. Fortunately after combing the internet I came across a cancer navigator. Never heard of one of those but it was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me.
Metastatic prostate cancer:
Diagnosed 2011 – still in Remission 2022
Pete – Queensland Australia
I was 43 when diagnosed with prostate cancer. At the time of diagnosis, my PSA was over 100. The cancer had already metastasised from my prostate; several lymph nodes were involved and there were spots detected in my ribs. I was told that control and not cure was the objective and that because of my age; the cancer was overly aggressive. Life changed dramatically that day.
Rather than surgery I had extensive radiotherapy to my pelvis; Zoledex and a series of different anti-hormone therapies followed over the years. I also tried various complementary medicines. I kept the cancer at bay sometimes for short periods and sometimes for longer periods.