We’re all in this life together, right? And, we know hearing about other people’s experiences can support, console or inspire us. Sharing stories helps to connect us.

Here you’ll find stories from patients, researchers, fundraisers, doctors, carers, family and friends – all people whose lives have been touched by gynaecological cancer. We hope their stories give you an insight into our work and most importantly, into this community of people we cherish. We hope their stories bring you hope, support and courage.

If you’d like to share your story to help support others or encourage greater awareness about gynaecological cancer, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Hi, I’m Kim. I went to the doctor on Monday 12 January 2015 with ongoing vague lower abdominal pain and pain during intercourse – that part was new. The next day was ultrasound, the following day CT scan, then Thursday I met my gynaecological oncologist. I had tumours occluding both ovaries and indications it had…

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When you stop counting the years one by one “It’s a good story,” Annette Allen says. “Ten years on from my cancer diagnosis, I’m here and I’m fine. I’ve seen my son grow up and I believe I can attribute getting through cancer to research.” Help Annette reach her goal for the Cherish Trek to…

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In the battle for five extra years of life A touching and personal reminder about why Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation’s flagship fundraising event, The Battle, is so important to all women and their families whose lives have been devastated by gynaecological cancer. This year, the Ovary Talented team members will return to the Cherish Battle…

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Fundraising to celebrate 40 for an unforgettable twin This year, all being well, fraternal twin sisters Tracey and JoJo would be planning a big celebration. For 2018 is the year they would turn 40. Only this year also marks the fifth anniversary of JoJo’s passing from cervical cancer. Determined to honour her sister’s life, Tracey…

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How a sense of adventure led Dr Eva Baxter to research and Mt Everest Cherish helps to fund research that changes lives. One research trial we currently support is feMMe, and although it’s in its early stages, this trial is giving new hope to women with endometrial cancer. Working as part of the feMMe research team is…

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My name is Kay and I was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer four and a half years ago. I am 48 and have two wonderful children, a son aged 15 and a daughter aged ten. I was diagnosed in May 2008 just a few days before my daughter’s sixth birthday. Between 2005 and 2006…

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Former medical secretary, Barb Peters is in a good place; she’s healthy and taking advantage of the ‘window’ between children off her hands and grandchildren arriving. Along with her husband, Barb, who is in her 60s, is enjoying travel and Probus, an association for retirees and semi-retirees to meet like-minded people. Barb also engages in…

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My name is Nikki. I have two young children, Georgia and Charlie. I love spending time with my family and friends and being active – I love my outdoor training and playing netball. When I was 27, I went for a routine pap smear. I had no other warning signs that I could possibly have…

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Joanne Henebery’s story – leading a blessed life (ovarian cancer and all!!) I have to say that I have always been a very healthy person, trying to eat the right foods, never smoked even a puff of a cigarette and only drinking alcohol very occasionally. The thought of me getting cancer was ludicrous! I had…

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