Personal Stories

Annie Smallmon – Breast Cancer


My name is Annie Smallmon Born 1952 and dying when I decided to and not a moment sooner!! I was born on a dairy farm at Clunes, NSW. My great grandfather was an original settler there and was integral to the building of the public school and church in the Clunes township. I have been…

Jillian Exton’s Story – Breast Cancer

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The Cancer Road – Smoothing the bumps & avoiding the potholes. ‘Six year breasty graduate’ – that’s me, and the adventure keeps giving. Life has many twists and turns; most come from left field and well off our radar. It continues to amaze me how the most challenging of times can create such wonderful opportunities…

Shirley Pearton’s Story – Bowel Cancer

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Cancer has touched my life many times. My mother was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, when she was 83 years old. The Lymphoma was located in four areas of her body and was treated with Chemotherapy. My sisters and I nursed mum for 18months, we expected her to get better but sadly she passed away…

Elvina’s Story – Bone and Lung Cancer

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 In July 1997 I was diagnosed with oestrogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer in my left femur. I was referred to the Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where I underwent two months of chemotherapy, which caused major side effects to my body. 95 % of those two months were spent having treatment or in isolation…

Anne’s Story – Bowel Cancer


The teachings of …. ”Abraham Hicks” You are a creator; you create with your every thought. You often create by default, for you are getting what you are giving your attention to, wanted or unwanted, but you know by how it feels if what you are getting (creating) Is what you are wanting or if…

Eve’s Story – Melanoma Cancer


THE BIRTH OF CANSURVIVE AND THE PERSONAL STORY OF… EVE Cansurvive Research Association was first registered in July 1995. in Qld Australia. The founders were Eve Williamson and David Hurst.   The well known Dr Ruth Cilento, became our patron later that year.   Cansurvive was established because of a need at the time for…

Michelle Belsham’s experience with Cancer



Cancer Survivor – KOKODA TREK


76 year old Jo Harcourt is an amazing woman, She is a cancer survivor extraordinaire. Last year she completed a gruelling trek through some of the toughest terrain imaginable, the””Kokoda Trail”. Quite a lady. And one of the eldest to have ever tackled this trek. Her amazing achievement would be daunting to some one half…

‘Heartsong’ – Survival and Me!


LISA BELL, 40, SINGER, SUNNYBANK  I find people react in two different ways when I talk about my experiences with cancer and all the things I do now to keep well – they either can’t get enough information, or it makes them extremely uncomfortable. I’ve survived cancer twice. I was 22 when diagnosed with Hodgkin’s…