I had always been a fairly active person and always quite slim. Yet when treatment began, things soon changed. My bowel surgery meant I couldn’t eat any fibre – I had to avoid fruit and vegetables and eat only starchy foods.
Back in my thirties and forties fitness was something I did to prepare for the next physical challenge. I used to run the odd race and beforehand I’d train a bit harder. I was doing just this in the lead-up to my fiftieth birthday as I’d entered a half-marathon with my daughter.