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From Jessica Smith

On 29th October 2006 with my 7 month old son and my mum beside me, I was finally told that I had bowel cancer.

I'm writing this as a very grateful and relieved woman, because of my family and friends, because of the care I've received but also because I now know that the 'big C' is not necessarily a terrible thing.

Having my diagnosis has really brought me a new life, and the only anxiety I had was waiting 5 days to see if it had spread (it hadn’t). To young people like me who have been told they have cancer and to their loved ones, it can be OK.

Give in to the treatment and it will be over the quicker, chemo can save your life. Having cancer for me is temporary, I have it so I can live and appreciate what i have all my life. Side effects will go, I'm feeling a bit crap at the moment with mine but tomorrow they will be different, maybe I will hardly notice them.

Make plans, look at your lot and make changes if it’s not how you imagined. Don’t put your life on hold, physically this could be tricky but stay mentally positive.

Of course, this is just my perspective but since my treatment I have met many people and the ones doing the best are the ones like me - positivity and optimism all the way... I will get better, I will make it and if it comes back, I'll beat it again xx

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Updated: 28 September 2009