I am a mother of 4 children my youngest at the time was 2 and my eldest was 6.
One Monday I was having terrible stomach pains my hubby was at work and I went to the doctors; my mum met me there as I was really struggling trying to coordinate 2 toddlers in a waiting room while in so much pain. I saw the doctor and he sent me straight to hospital where they proceeded to do a laparotomy.
They thought it was a gynaecology problem but once in there they realised that everything was healthy there they then called in the bowel surgeons who proceeded to tell me when I came out that I had a bowel infection and that I probably had diverticulitis and needed to change my diet.
For the following 3 weeks I was back and forth from my doctor as I felt like I had a bladder infection! The doctor kept saying it’s the infection pushing on your bladder.
Finally, at the 3 week mark he referred me to a surgeon. Who then suggested I have a colonoscopy. (I’ve had irritable bowel syndrome for years and they have checked every type of bowel issue but never a colonoscopy).
That was the day - I came out of surgery and he gave me the news right away. My hubby came in and I was a mess. I thought that was it! However, I had 4 babies at home that needed me.
I then had all the scans under the sun and yes it had spread! To my bladder and uterus. So I then had surgery to remove the tumour. I had 300ml of my bowel removed I lost my bladder, uterus, 1 ovary and appendix.
I then went through 9 months of chemo and 12 rounds – I was smashed! It made me very ill! I lost 14kgs in a week. However, I made it through the other end. My husband was amazing, I don’t know what I would have done without him!
I then found out it was genetic. I have lynch syndrome. No history of bowel cancer! After having genetic testing done, I have helped a lot of family members find out they to also have Lynch Syndrome!
Please if you show any symptoms of bowel cancer - get yourself checked!
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In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March) each year, Bowel Cancer Australia raises awareness of bowel cancer in women and shares empowering stories from Aussie women who are kicking bowel cancer’s ass.
Are you a kick ass woman living with or beyond bowel cancer, or do you have a female family member or friend that is?
We’re seeking female volunteers of all ages to share their experiences to help raise awareness of bowel cancer in women as part of our annual Kick Ass: Bowel Cancer In Women initiative in March.
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