Get support Young adult stories Rachael What cancer were you diagnosed with? Bowel cancer What age were you diagnosed? 23 Rachel's Story In September 2016 I started a life-changing backpacking trip around Canada and South America. Whilst I was out there my stomach was always a bit off but I just put it down to either altitude or poor sanitation. Even after being hospitalised twice in Bolivia I carried on with the trip. It wasn't until I was on a flight to the USA that things got really bad- the flight had to call out for doctors and nearly diverted the plane (I was SO paranoid that I was being dramatic!). We eventually touched down and I went straight to the hospital - after a few days of diagnosed, I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer aged 23. I had the big operation there and fast forward 6 weeks and I've just begun my 6 months of chemo back at home. I was lucky it was caught early enough to be treated - I'm on a mission to spread the word of bowel cancer and how it's becoming more prevalent in young people!