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What cancer were you diagnosed with? Duke C Colon Cancer

At what age were you diagnosed? 25

What has helped you to thrive? My boyfriend has truly been my rock, I'm sure a year into a relationship a lot of other men would have run a mile. My parents, my family and friends have all helped me thrive, without them I feel like my whole mindset would be very different through all of this.


Caroline's Story

I am 25, a self employed sports therapist, fit and healthy (I thought). I used to play badminton to a high level, in 2014 I climbed Machu Picchu and was all set to climb Kilimanjaro September 2015. In February/March I started having some symptoms and went to the doctor- the process was then slow, I think potentially due to my age, but that might not be true. Anyway after blood tests, cameras and CT scans, on 8th September I was diagnosed with colon cancer. A surprise to say the last, we have no family history, and I have none of the risk factors. I didn't cry at first and still have only ever cried to my boyfriend, for some reason I feel like I can't/shouldn't cry to my parents or anyone else as they want to see me strong and I don't want to add more to what they are going through with this also.

It was all a bit of a whirlwind as 3 days later I was in hospital having a left hemicolectomy where they removed 20 cm of my bowel and the lymph nodes. I was lucky it could be done keyhole and didn't have to have a stoma. The next few days in hospital had their ups and downs (me and morphine are not friends). When I was able to recover back at home this also had some difficulties but it was nice to back. Two weeks later, back for the pathology results, unfortunately it had gone into some lymph nodes meaning I am stage 3 and being referred for chemotherapy. I am now currently waiting on seeing the oncologist and from everything I have heard/read most likely a referral to have my eggs frozen (a thing at 25 you never expect).

My boyfriend has truly been my rock, I'm sure a year into a relationship a lot of other men would have run a mile. My parents, my family and friends have all helped me thrive, without them I feel like my whole mindset would be very different through all of this. A friend of mine directed me to trekstock and immediately I felt like this was a site I would truly get some support from. As I am young to have this type of cancer there isn't a lot of support and information readily available. I have helped with charities before but now its personal and I would like to come out of this with a positive and do something good and help others in the same situation, I am very eager to get involved.