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.
I just got back from a family holiday in Bali when I started feeling very fatigued, dizzy, abdominal pain and short of breath. I was 26 at the time.
To say that I was shocked when I received my bowel cancer diagnosis three years ago is an understatement. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer that had spread to my liver and lung.
I was scared and angry and couldn’t believe this was happening to ME!
Our little brother Sam was diagnosed with bowel cancer on Christmas Eve 2018. He had a short battle of nearly seven weeks and passed away February 2019.