Kick Ass Story

13
Mar
2019

My name is Sue, and my mum Elaine fought bowel cancer for 28 years.

26
Feb
2019

In January last year my identical twin sister (29 years of age that year) Christina was experiencing pain in her stomach all day. When I arrived home she advised she was still experiencing pain and we made her attend the Hospital thinking perhaps it was her appendix.

26
Feb
2019

So it’s been a year now since a surgeon at the Alfred Hospital walked into my room and said you can go home we found tumours, Cancer, so we will be in touch. Obviously when I took myself to the hospital emergency room at 1am in an Uber, I did not think this was going to be the result, I probably would have preferred to have someone with me like family, when I was told.

02
May
2018

2013, what a year! My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in June and I gave birth to my first child in December.

In 2014 I was quite busy being a first-time mum and calling in on dad and mum regularly. I mentioned to mum that the iron tablets I was taking were making my stools an orange colour, to which mum advised iron should make them black not orange. She suggested that maybe I should stop taking them for a bit and see what happens, which I did.

26
Feb
2019

My name's Fiona Tigar and I'm 52 years old. I work in healthcare and have worked in the area of bowel cancer; I'm even studying for a degree in health promotion, so acting on the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer should be high on my radar. And it was. Sort of. 

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