- Bowel cancer Ambassador
“I barely knew a thing about bowel cancer until my diagnosis. I had never met or come across anyone who has fought the disease. I always passed it off as an older person’s cancer and was completely unaware that people in their 20s and 30s were also at risk."
Sherie Hagger was diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer just four weeks before her 32nd birthday and began the endless barrage of surgeries, treatments and hospital visits which have now become a regular part of her life.
Sherie completed her first round of treatment in 2016 and began to get back to ‘a very normal life.’ She returned to work, started going to the gym and was socialising more with friends. She also participated in the 2015 and 2016 People’s Choice Undies Run to raise money for others impacted by bowel cancer.
However, Sherie’s cancer journey was not over. During a routine CT scan in October 2016, doctors detected a new mass close to her ovaries.
In November 2016, Sherie underwent her biggest operation yet. She was in theatre for eight hours, spent a week in ICU and another in the surgical ward. Although it was meant to only be a six to eight week recovery, Sherie is still feeling the side effects of the operation today.
Now on antibiotics, and taking each day as it comes, her mission is to continue to advocate for early detection, spread awareness and help people feel less embarrassed about talking about bowel cancer.
Register on the day to run alongside Sherie, or donate to her personal fundraising page here.