My Great Aunty\r\n\r\nI recently found out my Great Aunty used to sew stoma bags over 80 years ago. I bet while she was sat at her machine she would never have thought her future Great Niece would be wearing one...\r\n\r\nI\u2019m Andrea and I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016, aged 37.\r\n\r\nI needed major surgery to remove the tumour and also my large bowel, which resulted in me wearing a stoma bag. That\u2019s when you have a pouch fitted outside your body to collect your poo.\r\n\r\nBeing diagnosed with bowel cancer, well that was a bombshell, and you could say the day I was told was the day my life changed.\r\n\r\nRaising awareness\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s why I\u2019m passionate about sharing my story and raising awareness of bowel cancer as it\u2019s the UK\u2019s second biggest cancer killer even though nearly everyone survives if diagnosed at the earliest stage. And April is particularly important as it\u2019s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on the disease and support Bowel Cancer UK, the UK\u2019s leading bowel cancer charity.\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve been a supporter of Bowel Cancer UK for a while now and they\u2019re amazing! They have an online community, a welcoming place for everyone affected by bowel cancer to ask questions, read about people\u2019s experiences and support each other. And they also campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care, educate the public and professionals about the disease and support and fund targeted research.\r\n\r\nSaving lives\r\n\r\nHaving a stoma has saved my life and it means so much to me that my Great Aunty cared about people in the same situation all those years ago.\r\n\r\nJust imagine, a gift in your Will to Bowel Cancer UK might save your Great Niece\u2019s life in 80 years\u2019 time. Or it might even stop someone in future generations of your family from getting bowel cancer in the first place. It\u2019s an amazing thought and I hope that you\u2019ll think about leaving a gift in your Will to Bowel Cancer UK.\r\n\r\nFind out more\r\n\r\nFind out more about making a Will.\r\n\r\nFind out how to leave a gift in your Will to charity.\r\n\r\nFind out more about leaving a gift to Bowel Cancer UK or get in touch with Helen Read at Bowel Cancer UK by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 7940 1760.