I Think They Call It Mixed Emotions

The last week in November was the 10th anniversary since being told I had cancer. It was also the same week I was told I was no longer required to read the weekend news at Channel 7. The end of a 34 year career at SAS. Joyous, that I had been free of cancer for …

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Surviving Cancer – It’s Up To You

Over the years since getting bowel cancer I have spoken to  literally thousands of people, in groups and individually about dealing with cancer. While the medical opinion is that a positive attitude plays no part in your recovery or otherwise, I beg to differ. Case 1.  After a talk I gave to a group a …

Shit Mates Don’t Say

What do men talk about when they get together? Footy, cricket, any other sport, gadgets, politics, work, women. Where do health issues and private problems rate?  Down the toilet. That’s pretty much why we blokes rarely go to the doctor, never have check ups and live by the maxim “she’ll be right.” Well I’m afraid …

How To Get A Free Copy Of Cancer – What Now?

Eight Years Cancer Free – and I’m feeling great. November 2004 was the darkest period of my life. To be diagnosed with cancer – colorectal, stage 3 bowel cancer was a life-changing, life threatening episode no-one would wish on their worst enemy. Despite the bleak days that ran into weeks then months I came through …

I’m A Survivor

It's almost eight years since I was diagnosed with cancer.   Although dealing with cancer is a deeply personal and private thing living in the public eye means your life is often played out in front of the public. Like it or not it goes with the territory.  I must say everyone I came in …

Derryn Hinch – The Human Headline Tackles Cancer

Little good comes from a cancer diagnosis – your life change forever.  The best case scenario is you’ll make a complete recovery. The worst case, the premature end to your life. Most cases fall somewhere between – recovery, but life is never quite the same.  That’s when being grateful for just surviving plays a big …

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff – One Thing Cancer Teaches You

I had the great pleasure of addressing the Myeloma Foundation SA this week and chairperson Ian Driver reminded me that I first spoke to the group back in 2006. The significance of that was that it was the first time I'd "gone public" since being diagnosed with bowel cancer in late 2004. Those six years …

Exercise is cheating – or so I thought.

I’ve always had a twisted view about exercise and fitness. I know it’s not right but it’s ingrained in my soul. I was a very young boy when the 1956  Olympics hit Melbourne.  I was excited as everyone else to have the cream of the world’s athletes in our town. The best versus the best.  …

Improving The Cancer Odds Through Exercise

I became aware of the importance of exercise for cancer patients while taking part in  the “Surviving Cancer in Rural and Regional Australia” Satellite Symposium linking  58 sites around Australia. The event addressed the significant gap in readily accessible information for people dealing with cancer in rural and regional Australia. I felt a little out …