Every patient journey and story is unique. We share these stories with gratitude to those who have agreed for us to do so. Thank-you for telling your story to illuminate the path for others.

Vale Gerard Stevenson

TRAMS will dearly miss our great friend Gerard Stevenson, a lifelong dedicated teacher, author and businessman.

Gerard was a giant of a man, a generous and energetic spirit who inspired everyone he met, all over the world.  Gerard and his loving wife Sue worked with the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, advocating for patients with lived experience of tracheostomy.

In a video he created after his spinal cord injury, Gerard eloquently tells his story and how he was an integral part of his care team. He explains the importance of being involved in his own education and the education of his care team.

One of Gerard’s dreams was to create Food Forest Garden, an immersive food forest garden for the residents of The Ventilator Accommodation Support Service Yooralla.  To learn more about the Food Forest Project and how you can help, visit the link below.

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Pina Tuteri

An accomplished musician, Pina describes what it was like to have a tracheostomy tube and the importance of having a team caring for her across her acute and rehabilitation journey.

She shares her advice for other patients and families.

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Daisy Xu

Daisy Xu is a remarkable young woman who experienced a motorbike accident whilst on holiday in Vietnam resulting in a high spinal cord injury requiring ventilation via a tracheostomy.

Be sure to access to Daisy’s story – you will be richer for having listened to her message to other patients, families and care givers.  Daisy is also an amazing singer.  Click the link to watch her wonderful performance.

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Sally Messer and her mom Jenny

Read about Sally and Jenny’s story as they describe how they coped in a profoundly difficult situation.

Sally and Jen, we thank-you for your tireless commitment to and participation in the Austin Health Tracheostomy Workshops, Symposiums, Webinars and working on Safer Care Victoria with us. You are a remarkable family and your drive to help others is so evident. Thank-you for always going the extra mile to assist us and to share your remarkable story.

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Colin and Jenny Gray

Colin’s determination, resilience, innovation and community minded spirit helped him return home after a spinal cord injury

He remains extremely active in his rural community and has made a big difference in countless lives. TRAMS is so grateful to Colin and Jenny, for their participation in our Tracheostomy Workshops, Webinars and Symposiums.

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Peter and Sue Stickney

Hear about Peter’s brave journey from surviving cancer to adjusting to and thriving with a tracheostomy to be at home with his beautiful family.

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Andrew Fellows

TRAMS lost a great friend when Andrew passed away in December 2019.

Prior to his passing his strong resilient spirit, remarkably artistic eye and gentle approach to living had a profound impact on the Austin Health staff who had the privilege of getting to know him. It is an honour to share his story.

Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, Andrew had also being dealing with progressive loss of vision as a result of retinitis pigmentosa. He had only 8% vision in one eye and was completely blind in the other and needed the assistance of his faithful companion and guide dog Leo to navigate the world.

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5th International Tracheostomy Symposium (5th ITS)

Read about patient stories that were shared at the 5th International Tracheostomy Symposium