Our little brother Sam was diagnosed with bowel cancer on Christmas Eve 2018. He had a short battle of nearly seven weeks and passed away February 2019.
I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in September 2012, aged 47.
I was relatively fit and not overweight. In fact, as I was being prepped for what was to be my first gastroscopy, I was told I was a bean pole (that made me laugh).
I had a very good diet, didn’t smoke, and I drank maybe a glass of alcohol a day. But I was just feeling “tired” and I have never felt tired before.
I was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer at 44 years old in late 2015.
To be honest, getting sick was definitely not on my radar.
Last month I participated in an Inspired Adventure called Hike for Health. My part in the adventure was choosing to trek sections of The Great Wall of China to raise awareness and funds for Bowel Cancer Australia. It also became a great motivator for me to improve my physical health and challenge myself in more ways than one.
My husband Peter was diagnosed with bowel cancer in June 2012 at age 36. He was referred for a colonoscopy by our GP as he had been experiencing rectal bleeding and a consistent change to his bowel habits.