Tuesday 4 February, 2020

27 years old and diagnosed with bowel cancer

Dahlia, based in Australia, diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 27.

This is my story of how I, a 27-year-old, was diagnosed with bowel cancer. On October 9th 2018 I celebrated my 10,000th day on Earth with my friends, it was something a friend of mine had done in the past, it happens when you’re around 27 and half. On October 11th I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer with an emergency surgery performed on October 13th. Upon waking up from my surgery, an ultra low bowel resection, I was made aware that I had been given an ileostomy (I’ll get into that in a future post).

27 years old and diagnosed with bowel cancer

It would impossible to describe the feelings I felt during that 10 day period in hospital. What ended up shocking me the most, was the part where all I could think about is wanting to go home. Then finally being told that I could and then actually realising that life at home would never same. My mind felt different, my body absolutely felt different and people started treating me differently. I had a relatively positive experience with my treatment. But it didn’t matter how many times I told people that. They didn’t believe me and always assumed I was just putting on a brave face. Cancer gives and takes many things from you, I’ve chosen to focus on all things it brought into my life. It gave me a drive to improve myself. And it lead me to meditation, it allowed me to encourage others to pay more attention to their health. I’ve gained many new friends and have learnt so much about my body. Cancer sucks, being 27 years old and diagnosed with bowel cancer sucks, but life doesn’t.

Connect with me @dahlia in the War On Cancer app

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Dahlia, based in Australia, diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 27.

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