“At the end of 2019 I was a bit concerned with changes in my bowel movements and knowing I have a family history of bowel cancer, I took myself off to the doctors (seriously, thanks to the campaign from Bowel Cancer Australia, which I felt like I was seeing EVERYWHERE!).

During my colonoscopy, I had three large polyps cut out. The diagnosis was Serrated polyposis syndrome and was booked in to become an annual visitor at the gastrointestinal clinic.

2020 became the year everything went on hold and in August, the actor Chadwick Boseman passed away due to colorectal cancer. It really hit me as he was so young, and I was so thankful I’d paid attention to my body and the campaign that seemed to be following me. I definitely sent the push through to my brothers to get a pre-screening check!

Earlier this year I went for my 3rd colonoscopy and got the news, no Polyps! I know I’m not out of the woods yet and have to keep the screening up, bi-annually for now, but it was a good wake up call to get my health in check.

I’ve working in hospitality my whole life and drinking has always been a big part of that, so when my best friend Thomas (featured in the photo) announced he was doing Dry July…I thought I’d sign up too.

Initially I thought I’d do it just to support him, but with signing up I saw I had the opportunity to raise the money for Bowel Cancer Australia. Considering I may not have gone to the doctor if it hadn’t been for the advertisements I saw, I thought what better way to say thank you than to raise money.” ~ Chloe.

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