In September 2017, I was woken in the middle of the night with intense, burning abdominal cramps. My immediate concern was for my baby.
I was 34 years old and 15 weeks pregnant with my second child. I knew what labour pains were like, but this was different - high up in my stomach radiating out and down.
In November 2018, a month and a half after my 41st birthday, I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. It had come months after stomach pains, needing to go to the toilet constantly but never really passing much and suddenly not being able to drink alcohol and eat certain foods without it ending in stomach cramps and hours on the toilet.
A hair–raising annual fundraiser hosted by Bowel Cancer Australia, Decembeard® Australia encourages men to grow a beard to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer.
The month of December is the focus of the campaign, but supporters are welcome to grow a beard and raise funds to beat bowel cancer at any time throughout the year.
Lawrence Penn Chair Professor Mark Molloy and his team at the Kolling Institute hosted a Red Apple Day morning tea to raise awareness of bowel cancer during June.
Double Bay Day Hospital participated in raising funds for Bowel Cancer Australia and awareness of the widespread nature of bowel cancer in our society for the charity’s annual Red Apple Day.