Renee's Never2Young Story (diagnosed age 25)

During late March I was experiencing gut pains and highly loud gurgling noises that never subdued.

My GP gave me pain relief that only lasted temporarily. Ultrasounds, blood test, urine/stool samples and nothing. With each visit the pain was worse, to the point I admitted myself to emergency on April 1st.

I was assessed in emergency and had all my test results with me to show. I went in for a CT scan late that night and the following day was told by the gastroenterologist “You have a tumour and we believe it’s bowel cancer”

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There was no time to assess what was happening as I needed immediate surgery. Due to the position of the cancer, every part of my bowel prior to it had to be removed as it was distended.

My biggest challenge was, and still is, trying to wrap my head around the fact I’m going through something like this at 25. You never expect at this age to be told you have bowel cancer. You always think of it as an old person’s disease.

My piece of advice would be to not doubt your symptoms and get answers. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably because it isn’t. I kept being in denial that it was anything to do with cancer as I thought I was too young. Get yourself checked and others around you.

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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

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