Every day we treasure his memory and now make it our mission to raise awareness that bowel cancer is not limited to people over 50. Our little brother was 27 years old.
The biggest challenge we faced when our brother was diagnosed was wrapping our head around the fact that he had bowel cancer. He had been to doctors who said further tests were unnecessary, when in fact he was very unwell with an aggressive cancer. Our parents should not have had to bury one of their children.
From what we know now, the advice we would give to other young people is to listen to your body. If you have changes in your bowel habits, blood in your stools or you think something is wrong don't hesitate to get checked. If you are in your 20's, 30's or 40's you are never too young to have bowel cancer.
Danielle and Kristi
Bowel Cancer... You're Never Too Young
Launched in 2014, Bowel Cancer Australia’s ‘Bowel Cancer... You're Never Too Young’ initiative was created to provide bowel cancer resources uniquely designed for younger people.
Offering practical and emotional support for the growing number of young people affected by bowel cancer (and their loved ones), championing what matters most to people living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer, while challenging perceptions through dynamic campaigning that raises awareness and motivates action in all young Australians.
A highlight of the initiative is Never Too Young Awareness Week - a dedicated week during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month that highlights the unique challenges faced by people who are living with or beyond young-onset bowel cancer.
For further details and to become a #Never2Young Champion head to nevertooyoung.org.au