To many, I’m a Normal 45 year old male who loves footy, the great outdoors, has a terrific career in Sales and is fortunate to travel around Australia and Africa for a living.
But underneath the clothes lies a permanent colostomy bag after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in the rectum in April 2014.
This was a secondary cancer after beating cancer at the age of 8, being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lympthoma .
The cancer cells were detected in two polyps found in the large intestine and rectum and after two colonoscopies they couldn’t be removed. So I had to have an Ileostomy which was the complete removal of the large intestine.
Five years on I continue to battle niggling issues such as Gastritis and Prostatitis but I’m still smiling and soldering on.
I was very lucky to have had it detected via very low iron levels after a blood test prior to going to work in Africa. However if I had not have had the blood test, I would have had no idea. So I tell all my friends and family to see a GP for a blood test once a year and be fully checked out.