Meet some Step up for 30 first timers
Thursday 1 April 2021
Carol Breen, from Lanarkshire, is taking part in Step up for 30 to support her husband Graeme, who is currently going through treatment:
Bowel cancer has been part of my daily life for the past 13 years. In 2008 my best friend and husband, Graeme, was diagnosed with bowel cancer, which spread to his liver, at the age of 43. We knew our lives would never be the same again.
After a hard five years of major operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he reached his five-year milestone of being in remission. We filled these years with many great memories and trips of a lifetime!
Gin King, from Buckinghamshire, is taking on the challenge whilst having chemotherapy:
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2017, which was treated with surgery and chemotherapy. However it has since reoccurred in my liver and then again in March 2020 with multiple tumours in my lungs. I'm now having more chemotherapy, which at present is keeping it under control.
After a rough year for me and my family, I have realised that getting out and being active is good for both my physical and mental health. Taking on Step up for 30 for Bowel Cancer UK has given me the chance to both raise money for the charity and awareness of the disease.
Rebecca Costello, from Stockport, is a colorectal cancer nurse specialist. She's taking part in the challenge with her family:
My journey with cancer started with my nurse training at the Christie Hospital, Manchester, in February 1999. Since then I've been an advocate for the importance of early detection and going to your GP with any symptoms of cancer.
Sue Walkden, from Merseyside, is celebrating being in remission by signing up to Step up for 30:
I first went to my GP in September 2019 about my ongoing bowel problems. After a colonoscopy in January 2020, I was told I had stage 3 bowel cancer. I had surgery a month later, in which they removed two tumours. I also had a temporary Ileostomy bag, which was followed by three months of intense chemotherapy.