Naomi Evans: I Have Appendix Cancer … Now What?


Naomi Evans has always had a flair for words. Growing up she was never short of something to say so it’s no surprise she became a writer and editor. In May she graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) which complements her Diploma of Editing (Publishing). She looked to the future with moxie and promise. But as the saying goes, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

In May 2016 an extremely tender tummy lead Naomi Evans to her GP. After initial fears of ovarian cancer, further tests, scans and surgeries confirmed a rare diagnosis – appendix cancer.

After initial diagnosis, Naomi is now awaiting a surgery date for what those affected refer to as the Mother of All Surgeries (MOAS) – an 8-12 hour operation to remove all evidence of cancer and affected organs, followed by heated chemotherapy directly into the abdomen. It is a brutal surgery with a lengthy recovery. With her partner, also Naomi, and their young foster son, they are facing this challenge with a sense of humour and cautious optimism. 

When Naomi spoke to Jason Williamson, owner of Jason Williamson Management, about her hopes, dreams and her battle with cancer he encouraged Naomi to share the realities of her journey to help others face the truth of their own diagnoses.

With the support of New Idea Magazine, you can now read Naomi’s story in a regular column on 

Thank you to Louisa Hatfield and the amazing team at New Idea Magazine for making Naomi’s dream come true. #CommunitySpirit