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According to We are Macmillan‘s ‘A Practical Guide to Understanding Colon Cancer‘, risk factors include being over 70, having a poor diet high in red and processed meat as well as grilled and fried food, not exercising, being overweight and being a smoker.

On September 28th 2019, a 5.5cm tumour was found in my large intestine. Following a hemicolectomy I was officially diagnosed with stage 3, grade 3 bowel cancer. 

I was 36 and running 30 miles a week. I weighed 58 kilos, didn’t smoke and always got in my 5-a-day (at least). Junk food was definitely not a common item on my menu.

I first went to the doctor with IBS-type symptoms when I was 18. I went back again in 2017. My cancer wasn’t discovered for another 2 years.

So, I believe we need to talk about poo a lot more, so that people like me get a diagnosis much earlier. My life has been changed beyond my imaginings already and I’m only part-way through my treatment. And although it’s frustrating to know that this could have been intercepted much earlier, perhaps before even surgery was required let alone chemo, I am going to use this experience positively, to fight for change and make the most of every day – some of which I hope to share with you right here in my very own blog.

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I am an Aussie living in the UK, fighting stage 3C, grade 3 bowel cancer. I was diagnosed at the age of 36 and this blog is about me, trying to make sense of my new normal.

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Managing the cost of cancer

During my treatment I am set to lose over £6,000 in earnings. Macmillan suggests cancer costs an extra £570 a month. If you would like to help balance this in any way, it would be greatly appreciated.

Any monies raised that aren't used will be donated to Bowel Cancer UK

UPDATE: In light of the current situation I appreciate that many of us will be facing financial difficulties and uncertainties. Please do not feel any obligation to donate. We're all in this together.