A TEACHER from Waterloo who decided to take on a running challenge in memory of her dad, who died of bowel cancer 30 years ago, had to stop her run because she was also diagnosed with the same condition.
Bex Dennehy, 39, wanted to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK by taking on the virtual LeJog, which is an 874 mile challenge, but had to halt the run after suffering from stomach cramps.
After the pain became worse, she called 111 and was advised to attend A&E, where she was eventually diagnosed with bowel cancer.
An emergency operation was thankfully a success and Bex is now embarking on three months of preventative chemotherapy.
The 39-year-old, who teaches children with additional needs, is refusing to let the condition get the better of her and even dresses up as her favourite fictional characters when attending chemotherapy appointments.
Whether it’s Peter Rabbit or Winnie the Pooh, Bex is determined to overcome the illness and resume her LeJog challenge in memory of her dad.
She said: “This year marked the 30th anniversary of my dad passing away from bowel cancer.
“He died when he was aged 44 and I was nine. I was running the virtual LeJog in his memory and to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.
“Everything was going well until the week before we broke up for Easter. I had really bad tummy cramps which I put down to constipation or period pains.
“My pain got worse and on their insistence, I rang 111, who said if I was sick to go to A&E.
“So when I did, I went to the hospital, still thinking I had a bad case of constipation. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
“I had an emergency operation, which was a success and now I need three months of preventative chemo as I am young and they think it might be genetic.
“I am having four sessions at Aintree and I plan to dress as a different children’s character for each session.
“I will restart LeJog in January, though I think my comeback race/run may be the Santa Dash where I plan to wear a festive bra and to show my scar to anyone and everyone!
“I have started running again after recovering from the operation and will see how I feel with running through chemo.
“I just thought my story might raise awareness and money for a horrible, horrible disease.”