Marisa's Kick Ass Story Update

I am happy to report that I am still bowel cancer free! I attend regular appointments with my doctors and specialists, and I have also become a lot more conscious of my overall health.

The genetic tests indicated that the bowel cancer wasn't genetics related and as I mentioned in my 2018 update, I planned on living a healthier life, which I did to a degree. But after years spent with a personal trainer and somewhat healthy eating, I just wasn't dropping the weight, so I decided to look further into it.

I have struggled with weight my whole life, honestly it is one of the reasons I believe I could have got bowel cancer at such a young age. Carrying too much weight around my stomach was not healthy. So, I went to my doctor and we did some further blood tests and it turns out I have PCOS.

This was a surprise to me, but the results of those blood tests really scared me. You would have thought the bowel cancer alone was enough but to be told I was a borderline diabetic and that it was affecting a lot of other areas in my life was enough - it was time I really took control of my health and my life.

I started off my starting the Keto diet which is a low carb, moderate protein and high fats (good fats) lifestyle. So far, I have been doing it for 13 weeks and lost over 17kgs and I feel amazing! I don't feel bloated anymore, I have more energy and my mind is much clearer. I also started Pilates as I wanted to strengthen my body and improve overall movement and flexibility.

I didn't just take these measures as a short-term fix - we only get one chance at life and I feel I have received enough signs from the universe to say that I have to listen to my body and treat it right. Since doing so I am definitely seeing and feeling like myself again.

Another reason I wanted to lose the weight was because I know it can have an impact on fertility. I have seen a lot of cases where women carry too much weight and it makes it harder for them to have children.

I'm not quite ready for kids yet but when I am, I want my body to be ready too. Before I had chemo, I harvested 2 of my eggs. It is hard to say if the chemo has had an effect on my ability to fall pregnant naturally, but I didn't want to rob myself of the option if one day I did decide I wanted to have children.

If and when the time is right, I feel good knowing I have those 31-year-old eggs waiting for me and that my body is healthy enough to hopefully nurture them.

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In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March) each year, Bowel Cancer Australia raises awareness of bowel cancer in women and shares empowering stories from Aussie women who are kicking bowel cancer’s ass.

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