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I was diagnosed with Stage III Rectal Cancer in August 2016. I was very lucky that the hospital had some of the latest robotic technical equipment and I was able to have my tumour removed. The operation was successful and I was left with a temporary stoma and ileostomy bag. I then had my stoma reversal operation in September 2017 and am now on my way to a full recovery. I have been given what I call the "5 year passport" which means that I have to go back to the hospital twice a year for checkups and once a year for a full body scan for 5 years. This period of 5 years is when the cancer is most likely to return or when you are more likely to get a secondary cancer.
According to the cancer research website, statistics show that In the 1970s, more than a fifth of people diagnosed with bowel cancer survived their disease beyond ten years, now it's almost 6 in 10.
The more research that is done into this dreadful disease, the more chance we have of finding a cure.
I have lost all the women in my family, (Nan, Aunties, Cousin and Mum) and one of my very best friends to one form of cancer or another so I will be doing race for life in memory of them all and in the hope that one day we find a cure ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️