Prescription medication helped me to manage my depression.
My lifestyle has definitely changed since my diagnosis. I have reduced my red meat consumption (especially well cooked red meat) and increased the amount of vegetables I eat. I also try to avoid nuts and nut products, and I gave up smoking as soon as I was diagnosed.
I was very lucky that my bowel cancer was detected so early because I had absolutely no symptoms and no family history of the disease. I now have a colonoscopy every five years to make sure I stay cancer-free.
My wife and I help run a Bowelscan stall every year, which is my way of giving something back. I hope we’re helping to raise awareness in people who may be affected by bowel cancer without even realising it. The advice I give to others is this: it doesn’t matter how old you are or whether you have any symptoms. Take regular screening tests. Don’t wait!