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.

 

If you've been effected by any of the issues covered in my blog and have questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch