My symptoms consisted of tiredness and feeling lethargic with stomach cramping/sharp pains. Doctors told me this was due to me being a busy mum of three kids and irregular menstrual cycles!
I had two iron infusions due to being anaemic and didn’t think much more of it, I especially didn’t think it would ever be bowel cancer at the age of 36.
Fast forward nine months and the symptoms of stomach cramps/sharp pains and blood was getting worse and my stomach was always bloated, so I decided to ask for a colonoscopy as I just didn’t feel right.
Waking up from the colonoscopy and being told that I had a very big tumour in my colon was the scariest thing I’ve ever heard.
Since the diagnosis I’ve had three surgeries to remove all the cancer and a gruelling 10 rounds of chemotherapy – I have to say that was the hardest for my body and mind to cope with! But luckily, I am now cancer free!
It’s been a tough couple of years for myself and my family and I feel very blessed to have survived it all.
This experience has taught me look after myself and my body and to really listen to my body!
My advice to everyone would be to not wait to seek medical advice, listen to your body and the symptoms you are experiencing and if your stomach just doesn’t feel right ask for a colonoscopy!
You are never too young for bowel cancer!
Bowel Cancer... You're Never Too Young
Launched in 2014, Bowel Cancer Australia’s ‘Bowel Cancer... You're Never Too Young’ initiative was created to provide bowel cancer resources uniquely designed for younger people.
Offering practical and emotional support for the growing number of young people affected by bowel cancer (and their loved ones), championing what matters most to people living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer, while challenging perceptions through dynamic campaigning that raises awareness and motivates action in all young Australians.
A highlight of the initiative is Never Too Young Awareness Week - a dedicated week during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month that highlights the unique challenges faced by people who are living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer.
For further details and to become a #Never2Young Champion head to nevertooyoung.org.au