My recovery has been slow and I’ve had many complications such as 27 blood transfusions, urine leak, blood clots in legs and lungs, many infections, in and out of hospital and I still have a nurse coming each day to dress my many wounds.
The biggest challenges I have faced since being diagnosed is being left permanently with a colostomy and urostomy and also having my prostate removed.
Knowing what I do now, having been through bowel cancer myself, my one piece of advice to other young people is watch for symptoms and seek medical advice straight away – don’t wait!
I am a fighter and still fighting for the chance to grow old and see my three kids (aged 8, 2 and 1) grow up and have kids of their own. They are my strength and make me want to push forward and beat this!
Never Too Young Awareness Week
WHAT: A dedicated week (3-9 June 2019) during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month honouring people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50 and are now living with or beyond the disease, as well as honouring the memory of those who have passed away from young-onset bowel cancer. Sharing photos and stories to raise community awareness of bowel cancer and provide support to young people diagnosed with the disease.
WHEN: Held annually in June each year.
WHY: 1,413 Australians under the age of 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and that number is growing. We’re not okay with that. You’re not either. Let’s shout it out and shake things up.
WHO: If you are living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer or are a loved one - we’d love you to join our community of #Never2Young Champions, and to encourage your friends, family and everyone else you know (and maybe even people you don’t) to support Never Too Young Awareness Week too.
Register now to become a #Never2Young Champion and help us spread the word that you’re never too young to have bowel cancer this Never Too Young Awareness Week.
We'll send you further details on how you can get involved, as well as a copy of the latest Never Too Young Awareness Week sign for you to share.