In August 2015, Chelsea was 39, fit and ‘bullet-proof’ when she was shocked to be diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. 70% of her bowel was removed, followed by six months of intense chemotherapy.
Now, Chelsea has well and truly recovered, and she’s committed to helping others do the same. “Bowel cancer doesn’t just happen to ‘other people’ or older people,” she says. “It’s real, and it’s killing more New Zealanders than any other cancer.”
Chelsea is one of around 350 young Kiwis diagnosed with bowel cancer, every year. Even if you’re young and ‘bulletproof’ … if things don’t feel right, don’t sit on your symptoms. See a doctor.