The former NZ allrounder suffered a major heart problem last August
According to New Zealand media reports, he was discharged from the hospital in Canberra last week following a life-threatening heart attack and paraplegia.
“I was told yesterday I have bowel cancer…big shock and not what I was expecting after what was supposed to be a routine checkup.
“So, as I prepare for another round of conversations with surgeons and specialists, I keep remembering how lucky I am to be here in the first place…and how blessed I am to have all that I do in my life. Wasn’t all bad this week either, managed to get in some kids sport and celebrate (son) Noah’s birthday at home.
“Another fight ahead but here’s hoping this one is a swift upper cut and over in the first round.”
Cairns, the son of former Test player Lance Cairns, played 62 Tests and 215 ODIs for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006.