An award winning podcast hosted by bowel cancer survivor, Stephanie Bansemer-Brown, is a monthly chat sharing stories and lived-experiences. Hearing from those living with or beyond bowel cancer, as well as health professionals involved in bowel cancer treatment and care, can be a valuable resource that can encourage and inspire others.
Please note, podcasts may occasionally contain content that some listeners may find distressing.
Angus rejoins his Mum, Stephanie, this time as the interviewee
When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer it is hard enough for an adult to comprehend, but for a child it’s even more difficult. In this episode, Angus rejoins his Mum, Stephanie, this time as the interviewee.
He talks through his experience dealing with her diagnosis.
In this heartwarming discussion, Angus talks about the importance of positivity, routine and making the most of each and every day with your loved ones.
This episode is a must listen for both children and parents.
'A well-stocked kitchen makes it so much easier to make nutritious choices and a weekly plan means you are more likely to stick to it,' Teresa explains.
Overindulged during the festive period? Are you feeling blah?
Bowel Care Nutritionist, Teresa talks to Stephanie about starting the new year with a fresh approach and getting back to a healthy lifestyle.
'I don’t mind the odd cheat day, but it’s important to get back on track.'
Teresa discusses handy tips and tricks that are easy to implement, so you can recalibrate and kick off the new year with sustainable lifestyle changes.
'We had a great relationship and she loved speaking to me about footy every time we caught up,' says Chad.
NRL player, Chad Townsend has been a passionate supporter of Bowel Cancer Australia since his mother-in-law, Gail was diagnosed in 2012.
Sadly she passed away from the disease in 2020, but Chad talks with Stephanie about Gail's tenacity and never-give-up attitude that continues to inspire him to live his best life.
'Racing saved my life,' explains Michael
A routine medical for his annual licence led to a stage 3 bowel cancer diagnosis for racing driver, Michael Sheargold. A check he credits with saving his life.
Michael chats with Stephanie about the importance of understanding your body and acting on symptoms.
Bowel cancer was never on Michael’s radar and his shock diagnosis has made him reassess what was important in life.
'I miss the way she would hold us. I could feel her heart and her warmth.'
Mehroz and Seemab chat with Stephanie about the loss of their sister Afroz, to bowel cancer at age 33.
Diagnosed shortly after the birth of her son, Afroz, like many bowel cancer patients, put her symptoms down to being a new mum. Bowel cancer was not something she even considered.
Remarkably close to their sister, Mehroz and Seemab wanted to honour Afroz’s memory establishing 'Set in September the Label', to raise much needed funds for Bowel Cancer Australia and early-onset bowel cancer.
This episode confronts the heart ache and pain of losing someone so young, but the beauty of letting her memory live on in her son.
'I outsource the more difficult areas to ensure I don’t burden my husband and family...', says Nina
Stage 4 bowel cancer patient and advocate, Nina and her husband, Aaron chat with Stephanie about how bowel cancer has impacted their life, from both a patient and carer perspective.
Mid-October marks National Carers Week and Nina highlights the importance of recognising your support network and ensuring that carers also take time out to look after themselves.
'I outsource the more difficult areas to ensure I don’t burden my husband and family, giving us the space to take time out to enjoy each other’s company.'
Fabulous, informative and reassuring
As a stage Three young onset bowel cancer survivor I found this podcast fascinating and reassuring. Along with the help of Bowel Cancer Australia and the fabulous teams involved in Australian medical systems this podcast is a brilliant life line of help and hope