News & Stories

  • Medical 26 Sep 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Suzy and I am not sure if I am BRCA positive. However I do have a high risk family history spanning three decades and for this reason I was able to qualify for a double preventative mastectomy. I was told in 2001 by a family member that my female aunts who developed […]
  • Medical 26 Sep 2017 by Krystal Barter
    I was first told I had dense breasts when I was 27 when I was sent for a mammogram and ultra sound by my GP because of a lump I had found in my right breast. This was way before I knew I was a BRCA1 mutation carrier or that a gene mutation was in […]
  • Personal Stories 25 Sep 2017 by Krystal Barter
      My name is Melissa and this is my story. I still remember the day in September I got the call at work, it was my mum and the first thing she said to me is “Lissy they think I have breast cancer, I have fainted can you come get me”. My mum was 46 […]
  • Personal Stories 15 Sep 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Jessie. This is my story. One word to sum up what a best friend is: SISTERS. My sisters are my soul. The ones who I would cry with, smile with and laugh with till it hurt. We have each others back. Growing up there was always one piece of the puzzle missing […]
  • Personal Stories 08 Sep 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Our names are Julie and Michelle and we are sisters and this is our story. In early 2015 we walked through the doors at Peter Mac side by side standing tall with heads held high not knowing what lay ahead. These same doors our Aunty walked through to battle her breast cancer which she fought […]
  • News 01 Sep 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Several members of my family have been diagnosed with cancer including my Dad who passed away from breast cancer at 49 when I was just 12. Two years later my Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer – she is a survivor and currently in her late 70s. As a teenager and young adult I was […]
  • News 25 Aug 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Rachelle. This is my story. My awareness of being at “high risk” of developing breast cancer came about after presenting to the emergency department of my local public hospital with a severe case of mastitis from struggling to breast-feed my first-born son. As I was being treated, I described the strong history […]
  • News 18 Aug 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Corinne. This is my story.  It is an honour to be part of the #BPLD campaign and promoting the importance of understanding and knowing your risk has become part of my daily life and conversations.   I never met my paternal grandmother, but I knew she died of Breast Cancer at 40 […]
  • Personal Stories 04 Jul 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Renee. This is my story. I’m 45 years old. I am married, with 3 daughters aged 7, 15 and 18. My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977. She had no input into her treatment at the time, and was given a radical mastectomy and trial chemo, this made her very […]
  • Personal Stories 04 Jul 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Sarah and this is my story. I am 30 years old, I live in Hobart with my lovely husband and work as a Paramedic. In May 2016, just after my 30th birthday, I underwent a prophylactic breast mastectomy to remove my healthy breasts and reduce my risk of developing breast cancer. My […]
  • News 03 Jul 2017 by Krystal Barter
    I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 12, 2013. The day before my 48th birthday. From that moment on, I had to tell my family and my dear friends that I had breast cancer. My whole world changed and was disrupted by something I had no control over. By trade, I work as an […]
  • Personal Stories 02 Jun 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Mary and this is my story. I’ve always been an optimistic and positive person but the last five years of my life have been challenging to say the least. My breast cancer diagnosis was just the rotten cherry on top of my already disintegrating cake. Domestic violence, divorce, loss of job, becoming […]

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