Jules' Never2Young Story (diagnosed age 40)

To many, I’m a Normal 45 year old male who loves footy, the great outdoors, has a terrific career in Sales and is fortunate to travel around Australia and Africa for a living. 

But underneath the clothes lies a permanent colostomy bag after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in the rectum in April 2014. 

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This was a secondary cancer after beating cancer at the age of 8 being , diagnosed with Hodgkins Lympthoma . 

The cancer cells were detected in two polyps found in the large intestine and rectum and after two colonoscopies they couldn’t be removed. So I had to have an Ileostomy which was the complete removal of the large intestine.

Five years on I continue to battle niggling issues such as Gastritis and Prostatitis but I’m still smiling and soldering on. 

I was very lucky to have had it detected via very low iron levels after a blood test prior to going to work in Africa. However if I had not have had the blood test, I would have had no idea. So I tell all my friends and family to see a GP for a blood test once a year and be fully checked out. 

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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.


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