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.
When my wife (pictured) was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in June this year, our previously calm and controlled world stopped momentarily. After we gathered our thoughts and prepared Michelle for her treatment, I recalled what a great man in Neale Daniher (MND sufferer) told me: Be a doer, not a thinker….be a giver, not a taker!