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!
Last year my Mum lost her appetite, lost weight, and began to get extreme pain in her stomach after eating.