I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer a year and a half ago at the age of 26.
I was numb, scared and feared the worse.
I think for me the hardest part was the unknown.
I was 29 years old when I was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer.
A happily married mum of two young children, I was enjoying a carefree life.
I’d been experiencing a range of odd symptoms for the past twelve months and decided to see my doctor after not being able to kick a simple cold virus.
We went through five extremely painful years.
They were especially hard for my strong, brave and beautiful mother.
She was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer and it was very aggressive.
I was 37 when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2015.
My mum had bowel cancer at 57.
I recall telling her off because she had bleeding for quite a while.
In 2010, I was 19 and planning my wedding. Unlike most brides-to-be, I was also in and out of the GP’s office fighting with her to take my bowel issues seriously and undergoing a series of tests.
I was extremely anaemic and required weekly infusions over 12 weeks, in the lead up to my wedding.
When a FOBT confirmed positive for blood in my stools, my GP still kept telling me “you are too young for bowel cancer” and that it was a waste of her time to pursue testing further because she was confident it would come back negative.