Introducing my new book

The Bowel Cancer Recovery Toolkit by Sarah Russell

A few years ago I tried to find a positive, evidence based book about exercise to recommend to a client going through bowel cancer treatment. But I couldn't find one. So I decided to write it. I was lucky enough to find an amazing publisher in Hammersmith Books and two years later, here we are.

The book has two goals:

1. To provide support, information and encouragement about exercise to anyone with a diagnosis of bowel cancer 

2. To provide medical professionals with a trusted resource to recommend to their patients.

In the book, I set out a step-by-step recovery programme wherever you are on your treatment pathway, and share tips and advice for everyone. Whether you're a regular exerciser wanting to get back to the sports you love or you're just thinking about getting active for the first time.

Based on current guidelines and my extensive experience working with patients and clinicians, the book will help you rethink your approach to physical activity and learn to exercise in a way that's not only safe, but nourishing and appropriate. I hope you find it useful and supportive.


Peek inside...


I'm forever grateful to my client Joan for sharing her bowel cancer story.

She was the inspiration for my book. Watch this short film to hear her story. Click for more about me+recovery from Convatec.


Trevor and Sue

I was behind the scenes and camera making this video. Forever grateful to Trevor and Sue for allowing us to share their story about the me+recovery programme and how it has helped Trevor make a full recovery.


'Exercise is important for all of us, but it has a particular importance when you're going through treatment for colorectal cancer. It can feel like the toughest time to be active, but if you take it slowly and gradually you will see that the benefits are worth the effort. Taking control of this aspect of your treatment is something to be very proud of'.

Dr Juliet McGrattan

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