You’ve just met the man of your dreams.
You’re basically just living your best life.
Only to awaken from a routine colonoscopy to be told “big tumour not good” and have your whole world shatter around you.
My past four years have consisted of 35cm of my bowel, the right side of my liver and my gallbladder being removed. 19 rounds of intravenous chemotherapy, six months of oral chemotherapy and three months of continuous chemotherapy. Copious amounts of blood tests, hospital stays, colonoscopies and scans.
Through everything I have endured however, I can honestly say I’m one of the lucky ones, being just shy of two years of remission.
Bowel cancer is non-discriminatory, it doesn’t matter if you’re “too young” for the horrible “old person's cancer.” Unfortunately, the truth is no one is ever too young. I had no symptoms. I still shudder to think that if it wasn’t for a friend of mine being diagnosed with bowel cancer at 28, there is an extremely high chance I wouldn’t be here today.
You can’t have the mentality that it won’t happen to you, as you never know what life can throw your way. The chemo ward was the last place I thought I would have spent my 27th birthday.
If there was ever a message I could share, it would be early detection is key. There is always hope and through the fight of my life I found strength I never wanted to muster at such a tender age, but I did and I won.
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.