In November 2018, a month and a half after my 41st birthday, I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. It had come months after stomach pains, needing to go to the toilet constantly but never really passing much and suddenly not being able to drink alcohol and eat certain foods without it ending in stomach cramps and hours on the toilet.
Almost exactly 3 months to the day before my 50th birthday, I’ve been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
When my father told me 15-20 years ago that he’d had a colonoscopy and had a few polyps removed, I didn’t give it a second thought. I thought, ‘standard stuff’ for a man his age. If I knew then what I know now, I would have gone and asked for colonoscopy at a much younger age.