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Bowel cancer stories

Below are the real life stories and personal experiences of people who are living with or beyond bowel cancer.

You are welcome to share your personal experience - whether you are living with or beyond bowel cancer or as a loved one.

Bowel Cancer Australia promotes bowel cancer stories in the media, on our website, on social media and in our patient resources.

Stories highlight personal bowel cancer experiences, raise awareness of the signs and symptoms and can encourage and inspire others. Stories are also a valuable resource for other patients and loved ones, who often find it helpful to read about personal experiences of others who are living with or have been affected by bowel cancer. Occasionally, personal experiences contain content that some readers may find distressing.

Please complete the form below to share your story (and photo) with us.


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Kick Ass
Me, My Hair & Why
Never2Young
P2P Loved ones
P2P Patients
Kate, 35
11 November 2021
Kate, 35
Kylie, 51
11 November 2021
Kylie, 51
Karen, 54
4 November 2021
Karen, 54
Francesca, 38
4 November 2021
Francesca, 38
Kate L, 29
12 October 2021
Kate L, 29
Rob J, 43
9 August 2021
Rob J, 43
Adam C, 36
26 July 2021
Adam C, 36
Ella R, 28
14 July 2021
Ella R, 28
Holly B, 26
14 July 2021
Holly B, 26
Amber A, 40
13 July 2021
Amber A, 40
Tania S, 34
8 July 2021
Tania S, 34
Dimity D, 28
8 July 2021
Dimity D, 28
Taegan G, 34
8 July 2021
Taegan G, 34
Courtney, Mum
8 July 2021
Courtney, Mum
Chantel S, 39
2 July 2021
Chantel S, 39
Jody H, 28
23 June 2021
Jody H, 28
Susana A, 38
23 June 2021
Susana A, 38
Georgina W, 37
21 June 2021
Georgina W, 37
Nyree, Daughter 34
14 June 2021
Nyree, Daughter 34
Taylor K, 27
10 June 2021
Taylor K, 27
John P, 60
8 June 2021
John P, 60
Laurie, Son 41
9 April 2021
Laurie, Son 41
Mandy W
25 March 2021
Mandy W
Crystal
25 March 2021
Crystal
Chantelle
25 March 2021
Chantelle
Anthony E, 39
23 March 2021
Anthony E, 39
Tina F
23 March 2021
Tina F
Diane B
11 March 2021
Diane B
Anita G
10 March 2021
Anita G
Jade, 35
9 March 2021
Jade, 35
Mark, 45
9 March 2021
Mark, 45
Sandra H
3 March 2021
Sandra H
Susan McD
3 March 2021
Susan McD
Kaitlin T
3 March 2021
Kaitlin T
Emma E, 26
3 March 2021
Emma E, 26
Hayley B
3 March 2021
Hayley B
Melissa, 40
3 March 2021
Melissa, 40
Tiarna S
3 March 2021
Tiarna S
Chloe G, 33
1 March 2021
Chloe G, 33
Jorgia, Mum 62
5 February 2021
Jorgia, Mum 62
Paul, 46
4 February 2021
Paul, 46
Renee H, 33
28 January 2021
Renee H, 33
Sam, 29
21 January 2021
Sam, 29
Michael S
15 December 2020
Michael S
Belinda, 48
25 November 2020
Belinda, 48
Cassandra, 34
19 November 2020
Cassandra, 34
Brett, 46
27 October 2020
Brett, 46
Bryan, Wife 74
12 October 2020
Bryan, Wife 74
Chris W, Daughter 33
30 September 2020
Chris W, Daughter 33
Bethany W, Father 50
30 September 2020
Bethany W, Father 50
Rachel H
30 September 2020
Rachel H
Natusha, 37
24 August 2020
Natusha, 37
Lauren Mc, 28
5 August 2020
Lauren Mc, 28
Maree
5 August 2020
Maree
Courtney C, 32
23 July 2020
Courtney C, 32
Steven, 39
20 July 2020
Steven, 39
Kristian, 29
17 July 2020
Kristian, 29
Margaret, Daughter 35
10 July 2020
Margaret, Daughter 35
Pe, 38
9 July 2020
Pe, 38
April, 36
8 July 2020
April, 36
Diana H, Sister 35
8 July 2020
Diana H, Sister 35
Simone Mc, 29
24 June 2020
Simone Mc, 29
Dannielle B, 28
24 June 2020
Dannielle B, 28
Lynn L, Husband 74
24 June 2020
Lynn L, Husband 74
Cyndi, 55
24 June 2020
Cyndi, 55
Julie G, Daughter 31
23 June 2020
Julie G, Daughter 31
Cassie B, 38
23 June 2020
Cassie B, 38
Joel S, 36
23 June 2020
Joel S, 36
David F, 54
11 June 2020
David F, 54
Gemma F, 35
27 May 2020
Gemma F, 35
Tassja P, 46
11 May 2020
Tassja P, 46
Danielle B, 47
11 May 2020
Danielle B, 47
Emma B, 28
11 May 2020
Emma B, 28
Jay K, 38
5 May 2020
Jay K, 38
Mark L, 34
5 May 2020
Mark L, 34
Sara A, 32
4 May 2020
Sara A, 32
Kathryn W
11 March 2020
Kathryn W
Corinne D
11 March 2020
Corinne D
Melody C
11 March 2020
Melody C
Neril D
11 March 2020
Neril D
Rosie, Sister 28
5 March 2020
Rosie, Sister 28
Anita J
4 March 2020
Anita J
Jeanne H
3 March 2020
Jeanne H
Margaret M
3 March 2020
Margaret M
Emma G
26 February 2020
Emma G
Elizabeth E
25 February 2020
Elizabeth E
Christina A
24 February 2020
Christina A
Ross T
31 December 2019
Ross T
Marty
12 November 2019
Marty
Nathan T
12 November 2019
Nathan T
Josh D
12 November 2019
Josh D
Luke
12 November 2019
Luke
Sam F
12 November 2019
Sam F
Dean
12 November 2019
Dean
James Ba
12 November 2019
James Ba
Jack and Elizabeth
12 November 2019
Jack and Elizabeth
Gavin
12 November 2019
Gavin
Kieran
12 November 2019
Kieran
Naomi and Ian
12 November 2019
Naomi and Ian
Ian P
12 November 2019
Ian P
Keith
12 November 2019
Keith
Dean P
12 November 2019
Dean P
Chris Br
12 November 2019
Chris Br
Julie M, husband 65
23 October 2019
Julie M, husband 65
Jackson Mc, 26
23 October 2019
Jackson Mc, 26
Jessica K, 34
22 October 2019
Jessica K, 34
Chris G, 41
21 October 2019
Chris G, 41
Donna H, 43
26 June 2019
Donna H, 43
Renee P, 38
26 June 2019
Renee P, 38
Loretta Mc, 33
26 June 2019
Loretta Mc, 33
Renee G, 25
26 June 2019
Renee G, 25
Dani D, 36
26 June 2019
Dani D, 36
Kristi & Danielle, brother 27
26 June 2019
Kristi & Danielle, brother 27
Felicity M, 44
26 June 2019
Felicity M, 44
Kathryn H, 35
26 June 2019
Kathryn H, 35
Stacey, husband 36
26 June 2019
Stacey, husband 36
Rebecca R, 43
25 June 2019
Rebecca R, 43
James Bo, 30
25 June 2019
James Bo, 30
Holly H, 31
25 June 2019
Holly H, 31
Nicholas C, 31
25 June 2019
Nicholas C, 31
Malcolm L, 66
21 June 2019
Malcolm L, 66
Sonia, Husband 44
6 June 2019
Sonia, Husband 44
Anthony S, 35
6 June 2019
Anthony S, 35
Tabatha B, 39
6 June 2019
Tabatha B, 39
Jules I, 40
6 June 2019
Jules I, 40
Cameron SH, 35
4 June 2019
Cameron SH, 35
Brad Mc, 32
3 June 2019
Brad Mc, 32
Marisa R, 31
3 June 2019
Marisa R, 31
Joanne P, 37
20 May 2019
Joanne P, 37
Sandra, brother 43
20 May 2019
Sandra, brother 43
Zach G, 21
20 May 2019
Zach G, 21
Miles
5 April 2019
Miles
Angelica A, 38
5 April 2019
Angelica A, 38
Bianca H
13 March 2019
Bianca H
Michele M
13 March 2019
Michele M
Loreley S
13 March 2019
Loreley S
Leah W
13 March 2019
Leah W
Danielle W
13 March 2019
Danielle W
Felicity M
13 March 2019
Felicity M
Keely M
13 March 2019
Keely M
Kym B
13 March 2019
Kym B
Lisa A
13 March 2019
Lisa A
Maureen W
13 March 2019
Maureen W
Rhiana T
13 March 2019
Rhiana T
Stephanie K
13 March 2019
Stephanie K
Sally R
13 March 2019
Sally R
Shantelle D
13 March 2019
Shantelle D
Sue, mother 56
12 March 2019
Sue, mother 56
Joanne L
12 March 2019
Joanne L
Kerry K
12 March 2019
Kerry K
Jessie D
12 March 2019
Jessie D
Donna M
12 March 2019
Donna M
Christine G
7 March 2019
Christine G
Kelly M
7 March 2019
Kelly M
Kay W
7 March 2019
Kay W
Chantelle M
6 March 2019
Chantelle M
Sarah St
6 March 2019
Sarah St
Kim F
6 March 2019
Kim F
Shannon L
6 March 2019
Shannon L
Sally K
6 March 2019
Sally K
Helen D
6 March 2019
Helen D
Dahlia M
6 March 2019
Dahlia M
Shannon RB
5 March 2019
Shannon RB
Loretta M
25 February 2019
Loretta M
Nat H
25 February 2019
Nat H
Michelle, sister 45
25 February 2019
Michelle, sister 45
Rebecca G
25 February 2019
Rebecca G
Sarah H
25 February 2019
Sarah H
Sherryn D
25 February 2019
Sherryn D
Bridget B
25 February 2019
Bridget B
Benita S
25 February 2019
Benita S
Emma S
25 February 2019
Emma S
Fiona T
25 February 2019
Fiona T
Emily, sister 29
25 February 2019
Emily, sister 29
Kat G
25 February 2019
Kat G
Ainslie M
25 February 2019
Ainslie M
Shelley B
25 February 2019
Shelley B
Steph M
25 February 2019
Steph M
Peter I, 28
17 January 2019
Peter I, 28
John M, 73
16 January 2019
John M, 73
Angel DB, 36
5 June 2018
Angel DB, 36
Erin D
1 May 2018
Erin D
Kylie A
21 March 2018
Kylie A
Christina R
21 March 2018
Christina R
Sandra C
21 March 2018
Sandra C
Lizzy S
7 March 2018
Lizzy S
Melissa K
1 February 2018
Melissa K
Sarah C
1 February 2018
Sarah C
Megan B
1 February 2018
Megan B
Jaime H
1 February 2018
Jaime H
Neva I
1 February 2018
Neva I
Maureen D
1 February 2018
Maureen D
Linda C
1 February 2018
Linda C
Alexandra C
1 February 2018
Alexandra C
Tanya B
1 February 2018
Tanya B
Tracy C, daughter 21
1 February 2018
Tracy C, daughter 21
Barbara T
1 February 2018
Barbara T
Hollie F
1 February 2018
Hollie F
Lesley F
1 February 2018
Lesley F
Gemma B
1 February 2018
Gemma B
Tamara H-D
1 February 2018
Tamara H-D
Wendy R
1 February 2018
Wendy R
Brad M, 39
1 February 2018
Brad M, 39
Sarah S
1 February 2018
Sarah S
Anita B, brother 39
27 November 2017
Anita B, brother 39
Anna F, 29
14 August 2017
Anna F, 29
John C, 50
14 August 2017
John C, 50
Talya G, 21
14 August 2017
Talya G, 21
Mallory K, 29
14 August 2017
Mallory K, 29
Geoff K, 33
25 April 2017
Geoff K, 33
Ros Mc, 54
19 April 2017
Ros Mc, 54
Ally P, 28
12 March 2017
Ally P, 28
Jamie R, 40
12 March 2017
Jamie R, 40
Mark P, 51
19 February 2017
Mark P, 51
Leah M, 41
24 January 2017
Leah M, 41
Leah E, 31
24 January 2017
Leah E, 31
Felicity
4 November 2016
Felicity
Andrew C
4 November 2016
Andrew C
Wayne
4 November 2016
Wayne
Dave P
4 November 2016
Dave P
Tom K
4 November 2016
Tom K
Colin
4 November 2016
Colin
Josh Mansour
4 November 2016
Josh Mansour
Ashleigh
4 November 2016
Ashleigh
Daniel H
4 November 2016
Daniel H
Beards for Daniel
4 November 2016
Beards for Daniel
David
4 November 2016
David
Damien S, 26
4 November 2016
Damien S, 26
Mark
4 November 2016
Mark
Julie T, 40
4 November 2016
Julie T, 40
Chad Townsend
4 November 2016
Chad Townsend
Chris Heighington
4 November 2016
Chris Heighington
Michelle
4 November 2016
Michelle
Carlos
4 November 2016
Carlos
Anthony O'C
4 November 2016
Anthony O'C
Ryan
4 November 2016
Ryan
Grant R
4 November 2016
Grant R
Anthony
4 November 2016
Anthony
Sam I
4 November 2016
Sam I
Jocelyn W
4 November 2016
Jocelyn W
Jamie
4 November 2016
Jamie
Robert
4 November 2016
Robert
Grant M
4 November 2016
Grant M
Michael
4 November 2016
Michael
John and Julie
4 November 2016
John and Julie
Adam H
4 November 2016
Adam H
Bryan M
3 November 2016
Bryan M
 

 

Share Your Story

Share your story or offer advice to others 
 
Every real life story is unique and powerful in its own way, and we really appreciate your willingness to share your personal experience. Following are some points to consider when writing your real life story -
  • Details of your diagnosis
    e.g. What age were you? What stage was the bowel cancer when diagnosed? How had you been feeling prior to diagnosis? Did you experience any symptoms? What prompted you to make an appointment to see a GP? What tests and investigations did you undergo?
  • What treatment did you receive and how did you feel during your treatment?
    e.g. What treatment did you receive - surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy? Were biomarker tests, precision medicines/immunotherapies discussed? Did you experience any side effects? Anything in particular you found helped you during this time?

  • How are things now?
    e.g. Are you still undergoing treatment? Have you completed treatment, are you in remission?

  • Were there any particular positive or negative impacts on your life due that you did not anticipate?

  • Is there anything you wish you knew at the time of your bowel cancer diagnosis? 
    e.g. Something you believe could have helped you during your experience that you know now and would like to share with others?

  • Do you have any advice for others following your personal bowel cancer experience?

  • Is there any other relative information you would like to add?

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