GET SUPPORT GET CONNECTED Your Voices Craig What cancer were you diagnosed with? Colon cancer What age were you diagnosed? 32 What has helped you to thrive? Early on it took the mantra of I’d rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and right. After getting the diagnosis I took to the internet to seek some advice and eventually found Instagram I set up my own little space to document my experiences. You’ll find me over on @boy.vs.cancer. Through that, I’ve met wonderful people and Trekstock. It’s a wonderful outcome of a fairly hard thing to go through. I also found Gymnastics just before my diagnosis. Having the drive of getting back to it, despite major abdominal surgery, really helped pull me through. It became a place where i could just be me. No cancer, no Chemo, no scans. Just Craig, not Craig with cancer. I still go & I’m working hard. The other thing that helped enormously was getting out for a good walk. it’s a fantastic way to to clear your head, get some fresh air and get the blood pumping. I recommend it for anyone. Craig's Story During the summer of 2018 I started was experiencing abnormal bowel movements and noticed blood in my poo. One day it was particularly bad and i thought to myself “I’ve got a young family and a baby on the way. I can’t really ignore this anymore” After a meeting with my GP, some tests and a bit of nagging, I got sent for a Sigmoidoscopy. I didn’t take long for them to find the tumour sitting in my sigmoid. The official diagnosis came a week later. “I’m sorry Craig, it is cancer” is a phone all I will never forget. Many meetings followed and surgery was scheduled for October to have a Sub-total Colectomy (removal of entire colon). Thankfully the surgery was successful with keyhole surgery and no need for a stoma. They graded it 3c due to node involvement. After 6 weeks of recovery chemo began on the 2nd of December with 4 courses of Xelox. I did have to have Chemo on Christmas eve, but I wanted to make the best of it. So I put my Christmas jumper on and snuck in mulled wine and mice pies. My second child come just after I finished my third round, it was really tough having a new born while on chemo. But I did it.