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  • Personal Stories 14 Feb 2018 by Krystal Barter
    I had a Golden Retriever called Sunny who at the age of 13 started to become quite ill and under his luscious golden coat whist giving him some love I felt a lump….it startled me, it felt horrible and here began my absolute fear of lumps. I was 34, fit, vegan and recently married when […]
  • Personal Stories 09 Feb 2018 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Kristy and this is my story. I have a BRCA1 gene mutation. My paternal grandmother Heather passed away from ovarian cancer in the 80’s when she was just 61 and I always thought it was cervical cancer so I was very proactive at having pap smears and ensuring I would not succumb […]
  • Personal Stories 29 Jan 2018 by Krystal Barter
    HOPE for a cure to my mum’s ovarian cancer was always in our conversations. Mum was in remission for 10 years and passed away 8 years ago and I still have questions that I wished we had discussed. Instead, we spent most of our time talking about a cure, a miracle. I now wonder if […]
  • Personal Stories 17 Jan 2018 by Krystal Barter
    As science evolves, so does our understanding of risk and prevention. It is estimated that over 600,000 Australian women are at moderate to high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. For these individuals, it is imperative we exist and work hard so we can empower them with lifesaving information. We can only do this by actively engaging, […]
  • Personal Stories 19 Dec 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Krystal and this is my story. I’m 27 years old and a stay at home Mum of three kids under four. My mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 27 but over the years became more serious and sadly lost her battle at the age of 36. Her mother […]
  • Personal Stories 19 Dec 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Katie. This is my story. On the 10th May 2017 I walked out of the Day Oncology ward at Cabrini Malvern having completed 18 rounds of chemo, almost a year to the day that I received a phone call that would change my life forever. My journey is not yet over, I’m […]
  • 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 […]


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