The Girl with Colitis

The Girl with Colitis

Bowel Cancer Australia
$4,125 given
$3,500 goal
The Girl with Colitis
The Girl with Colitis
$4,125 given
$3,500 my goal

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439 days ago, Felicity created this page in support of Bowel Cancer Australia.

With the help of Deano's Bearded Stallions 2016, Felicity gave everything:

  • They posted 39 times.

  • Shared their page with everyone they could.

  • Received 51 donations from generous family and friends.

  • Raised $4,125.

My Story

Ok, here's the deal:

Bowel cancer is Australia's second-highest cancer killer. And it really shouldn't be.

The thing is, when bowel cancer is detected early, there is a 90% survival rate. It's one of the most easily treatable cancers in its early stages.

The problem is that, too often, the necessary treatment begins too late.

Maybe it's because people don't recognise the signs of bowel cancer. Maybe they're too embarrassed to discuss it with their doctor. Maybe they just assume t...

Ok, here's the deal:

Bowel cancer is Australia's second-highest cancer killer. And it really shouldn't be.

The thing is, when bowel cancer is detected early, there is a 90% survival rate. It's one of the most easily treatable cancers in its early stages.

The problem is that, too often, the necessary treatment begins too late.

Maybe it's because people don't recognise the signs of bowel cancer. Maybe they're too embarrassed to discuss it with their doctor. Maybe they just assume that they're too young, or that bowel cancer is something that only happens to men.

Whatever the reason, we need to do better. We need to be aware of the warning signs, and look for them. We need to get over our fear of talking about our bowels, and our fears of having our doctors check them (trust me, colonoscopies are not nearly as bad as people think!). We need to stop assuming that we're somehow immune.

So, this year I'm doing this for Deano, who passed away at the age of 26 from bowel cancer.

I'm doing this for Elizabeth, who lost her battle with bowel cancer earlier this year.

I'm doing this for Uncle Mick, who is currently fighting bowel cancer.

I'm doing this for my little sister, Tina, who (as a colitis sufferer like me) is at particularly high risk of contracting bowel cancer.

I'm doing this for the 1 in 13 Australians who are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and for the thousands more who go undiagnosed until it's too late. I'm doing this for the friends and families who must watch their loved ones suffer through this disease unnecessarily.

I'm doing this for the wonderful doctors and nurses who work tirelessly to diagnose and treat this awful disease.

Bowel Cancer Australia supports diagnosis, treatment, research, support and awareness of bowel cancer in a multitude of ways, which you can read about on their website at www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/our-work. Please, consider making a donation to support the excellent work they do. Every little bit helps, and your donation could save lives.

If you can't donate at this time, then please help spread the word (you're welcome to share this page anywhere you think it will do good). Speak with your loved ones about the risks of bowel cancer, the early warning signs, and the benefit of an early diagnosis. Make sure that you discuss any unusual or suspicious bowel activity with your doctor, and get yourself checked out promptly. Don't wait until it's too late.

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Deano's Bearded Stallions 2016

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Dean Maynard was one of the funniest, kind and best people that we have ever had the pleasure of calling friend... More so than that - he was our mate...
In November 2012 he felt unwell and went to see his doctor - a number of tests later, at the...

Dean Maynard was one of the funniest, kind and best people that we have ever had the pleasure of calling friend... More so than that - he was our mate...
In November 2012 he felt unwell and went to see his doctor - a number of tests later, at the age of 25 he was diagnosed with aggressive Bowel Cancer.
Deano fought hard, with his loving wife, Abby, his amazing family - Wayne, Jacqui and Ashy by his side - and the support of his phenomenal group of mates - we thought Dean had beaten the disease and gotten the all clear... Deano was back to his beloved hockey training  and feeling great!

But in April 2013 that feeling was shattered- when a PET scan revealed that his cancer was not only back, but spreading aggressively.
With little treatment options available - Deano battled like a champion until the end...

But on July 21st, 2013 - Dean's battle ended... Just two weeks shy of his 27th birthday...

Our goal is not only to raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia - but to raise awareness in our generation - this thing isn't just an "old person's" disease.... If you don't feel right - think about Deano... Early detection is key to a good prognosis... And it's better to be safe than sorry when the stakes are so high...

 If Deano's legacy can save a life, because someone went and had an uncomfortable conversation with their doctor that they otherwise wouldn't have had - then we feel that it is a positive that we can take from our tragedy...

Please get to know your body, what's normal and what isn't... And if you don't feel right - get it checked out by a physician.

If you would like to donate to our cause - we would greatly appreciate all donations, big or small.

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Deano's Bearded Stallions 2016

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Dean Maynard was one of the funniest, kind and best people that we have ever had the pleasure of calling friend... More so than that - he was our mate...
In November 2012 he felt unwell and went to see his doctor - a number of tests later, at the...

Dean Maynard was one of the funniest, kind and best people that we have ever had the pleasure of calling friend... More so than that - he was our mate...
In November 2012 he felt unwell and went to see his doctor - a number of tests later, at the age of 25 he was diagnosed with aggressive Bowel Cancer.
Deano fought hard, with his loving wife, Abby, his amazing family - Wayne, Jacqui and Ashy by his side - and the support of his phenomenal group of mates - we thought Dean had beaten the disease and gotten the all clear... Deano was back to his beloved hockey training  and feeling great!

But in April 2013 that feeling was shattered- when a PET scan revealed that his cancer was not only back, but spreading aggressively.
With little treatment options available - Deano battled like a champion until the end...

But on July 21st, 2013 - Dean's battle ended... Just two weeks shy of his 27th birthday...

Our goal is not only to raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia - but to raise awareness in our generation - this thing isn't just an "old person's" disease.... If you don't feel right - think about Deano... Early detection is key to a good prognosis... And it's better to be safe than sorry when the stakes are so high...

 If Deano's legacy can save a life, because someone went and had an uncomfortable conversation with their doctor that they otherwise wouldn't have had - then we feel that it is a positive that we can take from our tragedy...

Please get to know your body, what's normal and what isn't... And if you don't feel right - get it checked out by a physician.

If you would like to donate to our cause - we would greatly appreciate all donations, big or small.

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