I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer two years ago at the age of 23. I had been experiencing a range of symptoms for about five years, including rectal bleeding, mucous in my stools, diarrhoea, stomach pain and cramps to changes in my bowel habits.
Coincidentally, my mother was also having these problems, so we were both seeing a doctor to try to discover their cause.
I had a very difficult pregnancy with my third child and was hospitalised with severe pain for the final weeks as I was unable to walk.
Six weeks after giving birth at age 38 I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. The pain I had been experiencing throughout my pregnancy was actually a bone metastasis on my pelvis.