Jessica Kidd is a TV, radio and online journalist for ABC News in Sydney. Jessica has worked at the national broadcaster for 13 years, including as a NSW state political reporter and crime reporter. She has previously worked for the ABC's flagship radio current affairs programs; AM, PM and The World Today.
Jessica was diagnosed with Stage 2 bowel cancer at 33 after presenting to her GP with blood in her stool 10 months after the birth of her first child.
Despite being told it was probably 'haemorrhoids', her surgeon decided to err on the side of caution and performed a routine colonoscopy only to discover a 2cm malignant tumour.
A bowel resection and early diagnosis meant that Jessica avoided chemotherapy and radiation however her recovery was both mentally and physically challenging, especially with a young child.
Jessica later discovered she had significant family history of bowel cancer; but genetic testing revealed Jessica did not carry the lynch gene.

Almost three years post diagnosis, Jessica is monitored with regular CT scans and blood tests.
She has since had her second child and is passionate about raising awareness of young-onset bowel cancer as an Ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia.

Warmest thanks for your support, Jessica!
If you were inspired by Jessica’s awareness activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia get in touch with us on 02 9923 8269 or through our webform.