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Most people have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Whether it’s through a family or friend, or even a personal battle. Share your story here and let others know they’re not alone in the climb against cancer.

Neuroscience Student with Brain Tumor

By Stephanie Lahey

My name is Stephanie, and I'm 23 years old. In the Spring of 2014, I was socialising with friends when I suddenly wasn't able to understand any words. As a Neuroscience student, this concerned me, and I scheduled a doctor’s appointment. The doctor immediately ordered an MRI, and the results showed a mass in my…

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Then & Now

By Josh

My name is Josh and I am a rock climber from Perth, Western Australia. For as long as I can remember my brother and I were the kids who had eaten too many smarties at the party and were climbing trees, freaking all the other parents out except our own. I have always been interested…

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A welcome distraction

By Anonymous

Three years ago my then 8 year old daughter supported her best friend through losing her Mum to cancer. It was an awful time, how do you reason that situation with an 8 year old? The thing that helped make that terrible time a little better was my daughter's interest in climbing. I've never experienced…

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Rock Climbing saved my life!

By Unknown

As a vivid climber injuries come often, after climbing two weeks straight I felt as if I pulled a muscle in my back or did something to where I needed a break. As a young 23yo you don't want to cry to your doctor about pain so I roughed it out and kept climbing. The…

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Cain Raban Mallon – Superhero!

By CAIN RABAN MALLON

In June 2013 my 26 year old partner, Cain, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Gliobastoma Multiforme. The tumour they found in his brain was the near the size of a tennis ball. He had a biopsy & our worlds fell apart when we were told it was cancer. The tumour resection was a 5 hour…

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The Warrior Within

By Craig Cornish

Imagine being a 13 year old freshman in high school. Now imagine being that same 13 year old and being diagnosed with cancer. My name is Craig Cornish and I am one of those 13 year olds who has battled and emerged victorious. I fought my entire high school life against Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage IV.…

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If you worry you die, if you don’t worry you’ll still die. So why worry?

By Unknown

If you worry you die if you do not worry you will still die, so why worry? Told me many years ago by a good friend called Paddy Lambe My name is Steve 'Brick' I have been a climber, walker, and skier since 1968. I was a member of a local climbing club in Blackpool…

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Tree Of Life

By Takako Iwabuchi

It was autumn of 2007, when I was informed that I had breast cancer. Although it was low-grade, I agreed with my doctor’s advice to totally remove my right breast because of the diagnosis that showed spreading calcification along with cancer. After the surgery, my right arm could hardly move upward and it made it…

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A right pain in the backside…

By Unknown

Fontainebleau, Sept '11. Felt knackered. First day 7a, second day, 6c+, end of the week not even 6a. Had to stay at a campsite because I really needed the loo. Back in Blighty, took a massive whipper at Ravensdale and took the brunt with my backside. From then on I had a bad back that…

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An inspiration to all

By Unknown

Many years ago, I had the pleasure of working for the city of Kennesaw, GA (USA).  A personal mentor of mine, Bill Thrash, was someone who guided me through every step of the way.  He was an active man in the city as a councilman and mentor to youth all over the city.  He facilitated…

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Starting Again

By Unknown

One year ago a simple umbilical hernia saved my life. During a routine surgery to repair it, a strange mucous was found that turned out to be cancerous. After an appendectomy and visits to several oncologists, I was diagnosed with Appendix Cancer or more specifically Mucinous Adenocarcinoma of the Appendix. Basically this is a mucous…

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Shaving my head in 5 days

By Unknown

I've been wanting to shave my head in aid of Cancer Research UK since I was about 15 years old (I'm now 21) after the shock of finding out that my boyfriend at the time had lost his mother to cancer. After meeting too much counter argument for my under-developed conviction to fight against, I…

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