Following their diagnoses with young-onset bowel cancer, Geoff, James and Steve (diagnosed at 33, 40 and 37 respectively) contacted Bowel Cancer Australia for information and support.
Upon joining the charity’s Peer-to-Peer Support Network, they were connected through Bowel Cancer Australia’s Buddy Program – a unique service whereby patients or relatives offer support to each other throughout their bowel cancer journey (on the phone, by email or face to face); listen to individual concerns and share experiences (including treatment, side effects, coping strategies and life beyond bowel cancer).
Our Peer-to-Peer Support Network and Buddy Program offers patients and loved ones with reassurance and an invaluable level of support that can only be provided by someone else going through bowel cancer too.
“They just understand. No-one else understands the struggles, physically and emotionally better than those who have been through the same trials.” ~ Steve
“I'm so grateful to have had the support of the Bowel Cancer Australia team, they were they when I needed them after the treatment had finished. Even though I've been surrounded by family and friends the changes to your lifestyle, however minor, can still provoke feelings of loneliness.
The Nurses at Bowel Cancer Australia have been so supportive and caring, they have been able to identify various needs and offer advice and solutions such as putting me in touch with the Nutritionist who was able to provide fantastic life-changing advice.
Also, I was extremely lucky to have been put in touch with a couple of guys Geoff and James, through the Peer-to-Peer Support Network, those guys have been amazing. They just understand.
I don't need to be in contact daily or weekly, but we know that if there's anything needing talked about, we are there for each other.
No-one else understands the struggles, physically and emotionally better than those who have been through the same trials. We can joke and talk openly about biological processes that would be too personal for others. Even though we've never met in person, I consider these two life-long friends.
The Bowel Cancer Australia team has provided me with the emotional support I so desperately needed which help spread the burden carried by my family.”
“They were there for me during my treatment regularly reaching out to see how I was.” ~ Jamie
“Bowel Cancer Australia have been amazing for me over the past few years. They were there for me during my treatment regularly reaching out to see how I was. And even now post cancer, they have put me in contact with others to allow me to help them through their cancer journey.”
“They have helped me in so many ways – from helping me spread awareness through their #Never2Young program to introducing me to a bunch of awesome people through their Peer-to-Peer Support Network” ~ Geoff
“Bowel Cancer Australia has helped me in a number of ways. From helping me spread awareness through participation in their ‘Never Too Young’ program to introducing me to a bunch of awesome people through their Peer-to-Peer Support Network. I’ve benefitted from being both a mentee and a mentor (or whatever the equivalent is!).
The fact that they are funded by donations only inspired me to raise funds for them and in 2017 I walked/ran 515km during June (Bowel Cancer Awareness Month), raising $12,500 in the process. It felt good to be able to give back to an organisation that helps so many people, and at the same time took my mind off the blisters in blisters in blisters on my feet!”
Please consider contributing this Christmas to Bowel Cancer Australia's Appeal to help the thousands of Australians like Geoff, Jamie, Steve and their families affected by our country’s second deadliest cancer.
With more and more Australians being affected by bowel cancer, directly or through a loved one, the need for resources and funding is growing.
Your tax-deductible gift this Christmas will help ensures our team is always there to help bowel cancer patients and their families when they need it most and enable us to empower them with the tools and resources they need to support each other during a difficult and challenging time.
Providing a gift of hope for the future – a future where more families can stay together for longer celebrating special occasions like Christmas together.