Help Taylor beat bowel cancer!

In December 2019, I was diagnosed with Stage 4C bowel cancer at just 27 years old. There is no history of cancer in my family, so this came as quite a shock.  Fast forward to August 2020. I've had an emergency extended right hemicolectomy, during which surgeons removed 22cm of my large bowel, 18cm of my small bowel and 72 lymph nodes. I've also had 6 months of chemotherapy (Folfox6 modified with oxaliplatin). This got rid of my leftover bowel tumour and the 3 cancerous lymph nodes in my bowel. Unfortunately, it didn't get rid of the cancerous lymph node in my abdominal cavity. Chemo stopped working sometime in the last 3 months and that lymph node has now doubled in size. I've also had 2 other nodes pop up: one near my spine and one on the stem of my lungs.  I was referred for surgery to remove these lymph nodes but unfortunately the surgical team decided it was too risky because of where the nodes are located.  My only option now is a clinical trial at Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane, which will run for 2+ years. At this stage, my fiancé and I are taking the next 6 months off work as we will have to travel regularly between our home in Central QLD and Brisbane (an 18 hour round trip) or temporarily relocate to Brisbane.  To top it all off, we're supposed to be getting married in May 2021! As much as I hate to ask, we need all the help we can get so that we can continue pursuing as many treatment options as possible. Then hopefully one day, I'll have no evidence of disease! Thank you so much in advance for donating to my fundraiser.


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Taylor Battersby 
Emerald, QLD
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