The Aftershock Podcast

Our Founder, Suz Neate, has teamed up with Photographer Kim Landy, Producer Ash London, and Editor Dom Evans, to launch The Aftershock Podcast.

We speak to a variety of people who have experienced the ripple effect of a cancer diagnosis.

Listen as we explore stories of lost loved ones, those who have lived experience with the disease, as well as our medical professionals: researchers, surgeons, oncologists and nurses.

Being diagnosed with, or exposed to, a lesser known cancer can be an extremely isolating experience.

These stories aren’t easy to share, nor are they easy listening, however by sharing them we hope to spread the importance of raising awareness, and ultimately funds, for lesser known cancers, to improve their five-year survival rates.


Welcome – Episode 1

In this episode of The Aftershock Podcast, we speak to Adrian, who is brave enough to share his story of losing his wife Lauren, known as Lozza to some, in the prime of their lives. He remembers the tenacity and strength she carried with her, despite being diagnosed with cancer 6 times.

The diagnosis

We speak to Theresa Gallucci who was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma in 2016. Theresa went from living a very healthy lifestyle full of Yoga and Pilates, to sitting across from her oncologist telling her to get her affairs in order immediately. We speak to her about what her diagnosis felt like, the importance of knowing how to take control of your circumstances, and the unknown impacts of being diagnosed with a lesser known cancer.

The surgeon

We’re joined by Professor Wendy Brown, Director of Surgery at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. We go behind the masks and gloves, and get into Wendy’s operating theatre regime, and the connection she makes with her patients.

The mother

In this episode of The Aftershock Podcast, we speak to the amazing Michelle Hensel, mother of Braedon. Braedon was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, just as he was starting life at university. Michelle shares what it’s like to experience cancer at such a young age, as well as in a rural community.

The warrior

In this episode of The Aftershock Podcast, we speak to Emily. A cancer survivor 3 times over, Founder of Bravery Co, new mother and quite frankly, a force to be reckoned with! Emily talks about the adversity and triumphs of being diagnosed with hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 27 and the huge weight of fertility and lifestyle decisions that had to be made at such a young age. Emily also speaks about sarcoma, which was the second cancer she was diagnosed with. July is sarcoma awareness month, and Emily is working to raise awareness for this lesser known cancer.

The second occurrence

Barry Du Bois was enjoying a morning surf when he was hit by a big wave, and heard a sharp crack in his neck. The pain that followed forced him to visit his Doctor, with scans revealing one of his vertebrae had caved in, and was eventually diagnosed with plasmacytoma myeloma. Baz shares how his diagnosis changed his life, and overall outlook, especially after the birth of his kids.

The pandemic – part 1

COVID has had a profound impact on every industry across the globe since it hit late in 2019. The ripple effect is currently immeasurable. In this episode of The Aftershock Podcast, we speak to Mark Shackleton, Director of Oncology at Alfred Health Melbourne. Cancer certainly hasn’t stopped for COVID. Mark speaks to us about the impact it is having on hospital staff, patients and their family members. This is part 1 of our Pandemic series where we hear from a range of medical experts speaking to the COVID impact on their particular field.

The neurosurgeon – part 1

Yi Yuen (Ian) Wang is a Neurosurgeon based in Melbourne who shares with us what attracted him to neurosurgery, the connection he forms with his patients, and an incredible 2 day surgery he recently completed called an en bloc resection of C2 chordoma. This is part 1 of a 2 part series where we also speak to Ian’s patient, George.

The neurosurgeon – part 2

In our previous episode of The Aftershock Podcast, you heard from Ian the neurosurgeon who recently operated on George. In this episode, we hear from the patient himself, George, on what it was like to be on the receiving end of a marathon surgery and his road to recovery.

The researcher

After her father was killed in a civilian bomb attack when she was 12, Mastura and her family fled Afghanistan for Australia. Without speaking a word of English or being able to communicate, she began High School in a completely foreign environment. In this episode of The Aftershock Podcast, we speak to Dr Mastura Monif, neurologist and cancer researcher. Through her grandfather, she learnt from an early age the value of education. With a driving force of growing up in a war torn environment, Mastura did everything she could to enter a career of helping people.

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