Food & Wine

Health & Wellbeing

Bowel Cancer Australia eNews: Meat Free Week Starts This Sunday / Lived Experiences / The Bottom Line Podcast

You’re invited to join us for the ninth annual Meat Free Week and discover how easy it is to make little changes that can create a big difference.

Try a plant-based menu for seven days this 19-25 September and raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia.

The campaign supports a pause and provides an opportunity for people to make more informed decisions regarding some of the healthy lifestyle choices that can influence bowel cancer risk, such as consuming plant-based foods that contain dietary fibre and limiting intake of red and processed meats to the recommended portion sizes.

Whether you try a plant-based menu for seven days or one day, we’d love you to join us this Meat Free Week and sign up or make a donation.

Our Bowel Care Nutritionist has prepared lots of delicious plant-based recipes for you to try, and we’ve got downloadable Meat Free Week resources to help you spread the word.

Already following a vegetarian or vegan diet? There’s lots of ways for you to get involved too.

“The loss I have suffered will not decrease any more today, tomorrow or next year, I will just grow with it. I will always love Sean, the wound will always be a bit raw, and that is okay,” says Michelle.

On the latest episode of The Bottomline Podcast Michelle discusses grief with Stephanie following the loss of her husband, Sean, in April, to young-onset bowel cancer, at aged 36.

Michelle talks openly and honestly about the impact of losing Sean, her anticipatory grief and how Sean gave her permission to be happy and continue living.

This episode sensitively confronts an often-difficult discussion, offering practical and real advice for coping with the loss of a loved one.

Stephanie and The Bottom Line Podcast were awarded the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia & New Zealand (CSSANZ) 2021 Media Prize.

As a member of Bowel Cancer Australia’s Peer-to-Peer Support Network, members have the opportunity to write and share their Lived Experiences.

Not only are there proven benefits to emotional wellbeing in taking the time to write about your experiences, reading about the experience of others can also be incredibly beneficial.

“It’s in those darker times I took solace in the fact that others where in this fight too, and I take great pride in being able to share my story to inspire others to keep fighting.” ~ Anthony.

“Throughout all of this, I tried to stay as positive as I could and was determined to enjoy every moment that I had available. That still hasn’t changed almost two years later.” ~ Paul.

“I wish, with all my heart, that I had sought help with the first weird bowel movements because I might still have my whole bowel. So please, go get checked. No matter what. It might save your life.” ~ Jade.
Read member Lived-Experience Stories or share your own here.