September 9, 2021

Natalie Bowel Cancer NZ ambassador

Natalie Reynolds, our wonderful community ambassador and bowel cancer survivor, shared some heartwarming news with us.

“I wanted to share this photo with you as we spend a lot of time talking about the negatives of cancer and I think it’s sometimes nice to hear positive stories.

“I know not everyone gets a happy ending when dealing with bowel cancer and I absolutely wish that wasn’t the case. But as a younger person who has battled for her life, I think it’s important to share these moments, to give those still fighting a positive result to think about.

“My eldest daughter was 18 months old when I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. I have had chemo and 5 abdominal surgeries since then and was told the chances of having more children were very slim.

“A month ago my second daughter was born. She was conceived naturally, I carried her for 38 weeks with no complications and the c-section was completely textbook (I had my bowel and gynae surgeons in theatre with us to assist as everyone was expecting a very complicated procedure due to how much scar tissue I have – but fortunately neither of them was needed). We are both doing so well.

“This photo is one I will cherish forever, my beautiful firstborn getting to be the best most doting big sister to our wee miracle baby.” 💚