I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in September 2012, aged 47.
I was relatively fit and not overweight. In fact, as I was being prepped for what was to be my first gastroscopy, I was told I was a bean pole (that made me laugh).
I had a very good diet, didn’t smoke, and I drank maybe a glass of alcohol a day. But I was just feeling “tired” and I have never felt tired before.
Last month I participated in an Inspired Adventure called Hike for Health. My part in the adventure was choosing to trek sections of The Great Wall of China to raise awareness and funds for Bowel Cancer Australia. It also became a great motivator for me to improve my physical health and challenge myself in more ways than one.