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.

When Professor Andreas Obermair was asked if he would commemorate the life of one of his former patients, Karen Lunney, during the Cherish Trek to Mt Everest Base Camp, he did not hesitate. “It would be an honour,” Andreas replied to her partner Dr Peter Best.   Bringing Karen Lunney’s extraordinary life into focus Karen,…

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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 hear Annette’s story, you may agree resilience – as well as research – has played its part. 2008 When you hear Annette’s story, you may agree resilience – as well as research – has played its part. Ten years ago, Annette was in Abu Dhabi, preparing to move to Libya with her eight-year-old…

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The Ovary Talented team participated every year in Cherish’s signature beach volleyball fundraising event, The Battle. In The Battle for five extra years of cherished life In 2018, the team walked into The Battle at Sandstorm Stadium with their heads held high, even though they were without Joanne, their the founding member and star player…

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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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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 Dr Eva Baxter, whose sense of adventure led her to Australia. How a sense…

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My name is Kay and I was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in 2008 just a few days before my daughter’s sixth birthday. I have two wonderful children, a son and a daughter. Between 2005 and 2006 (while I was living in Scotland) I often had a bloated tummy. I went to my GP…

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Barb, a retired medical secretary, is in a good place; she’s healthy and enjoying being a nan to three beautiful energetic grandchildren with another grandbaby due in early April. Now over 10 years since her first uterine cancer diagnosis, Barb is in her late sixties.  Along with her husband she is enjoying travel and her…

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My name is Nikki. I have two 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 cancer.…

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