‘My gastroentorologist told me I had a 11 centimetre tumour about to perforate my bowel,’ Kim told Daily Mail Australia.
After the birth of her son, Jai, the mum was transferred to a different hospital for a CT scan, where the news only got worse.
‘My surgeon had hoped it was localised and only stage two, but after the scan they said it was stage four and had spread to liver,’ the mum explained.
‘I had surgery the following day where they removed a large part of my bowel and one of the two spots on my liver.’
Despite the situation, Kim is extremely positive about her chances of beating cancer.
Not only is she receiving chemotherapy treatments, but the mum-of-two is working with raw dietitians, Natalie and Stuart McIntosh.
‘I’m combining natural treatments with the chemotherapy,’ she explained. ‘I’m eating 90 per cent raw food and doing cold press juicing. I’m also using natural oils.’
She’s also working with a mental health specialist, Dean Powell, to deal with the emotional aspects of the diagnosis.
‘I want to cover all avenues,’ Kim said. ‘When you’re told you’ve got stage four you think you’re going to die.
‘It’s very confronting and you can mentally slide very quickly, so you need to get yourself out of the mental headspace of dying.’
As well as fighting her own battle, the mum wants to raise awareness of bowel cancer, which is often thought of as an old person’s disease.
‘Normally bowel cancer can take 10 years to develop,’ Kim explained. ‘But in young people it can develop within three years.
‘They have no doubt that the pregnancy hormones made a difference to how quickly it grew as well.’
She wants women to be aware of their bodies during pregnancy, and push for tests if they think something is wrong.
‘I want to help others that are going through this, especially younger people,’ she explained.