Being told at 22 that you have cancer is something you think would never happen to you. I still remember the exact spot I was sitting when I got the phone call of my biopsy results. I didn't know then, but it would take months for me to realize the full impact of what it means to "have cancer". Being at the age and maturity level I was - I handled it surprisingly well. I was in shock, but I didn't quite have all the facts and that one question was lingering in the back of my mind - had it spread?
Starting a new year feeling great after a long Christmas holiday makes it very hard to comprehend what last year served up. I remember thinking at the start of 2017 how excited I was about the changes that I had planned for the year. I could never have imagined that a bowel cancer diagnosis would be on the cards and change everything.