Allison Duncan was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 4 bowel cancer at the age of 38.
“The diagnosis came after a miscarriage, months of severe illness and was followed by several major surgeries and a gruelling period of treatment and recovery. It was a tough time.
“My sister is a beautiful, compassionate and caring person. She gives her husband, friends, family and community her all and then some, so her diagnosis seemed senseless to us all. I likened it to an assault only without the crime or criminal to help make some kind of sense to it.
“Fortunately, my sister is also a strong, resilient and determined person. As a teenager, I grew a foot taller than her. When it came time to settle a dispute, whether to do dishes or clean, my height advantage was never an obstacle for her – I’d still end up pinned to the ground complying with her request. She brought that same level of determination to her fight against cancer and boy did she fight. I was proud. I am proud.
“It’s impossible to express the devastating impact cancer has had on my sister, her husband and our families. It left her with scars, both physically and emotionally, and continues to haunt us each time she’s tested. Suffice to say it has been a profound experience but, now in her third year of remission, we have much to celebrate. So here’s to my amazing sister – all that she is, all that she has done and all that she will be.”