Alan’s transition from bowel cancer sufferer to cancer survivor wasn’t just due to the skilled surgery from Dr Janet Ansell but also to the fabulous service from the Oncology team at Tauranga Hospital and Kathleen Kilgour Centre. He also could never have made it through without the enduring support and encouragement of his wife Ali who has been an absolute brick through it all.

Through all of this Alan tried to avoid Dr Google and tried to live life as normally as possible and that helped him to deal with the hurdles encountered along the way. Now he would like to give back by helping Bowel Cancer NZ to spread the word to others, raise awareness of how prevalent bowel cancer is, try to alert others to the early symptoms and importantly make people aware of the great support and services available through Bowel Cancer NZ to those diagnosed and their families.
Read more of Alan’s story here.