On 24 January 2010, The Sunday Mail in Queensland ran an article on celebrity health; I was going to turn the page until I saw Lara Bingle in a bikini!
Being a true Aussie bloke, I decided the article needed a closer look and found myself reading a genuinely interesting story.
On April 30 2019 I went for a colonoscopy and knew it wasn’t good news straight away, we were sent for CT and MRI scans immediately after being discharged. On May 2 I was meeting my colorectal surgeon and was told I had Stage 4 colorectal cancer that had spread to my liver. It was a complete shock for me and my family.
I am 61 years old and was diagnosed two months after my last birthday. After surgery and histology I was diagnosed at T1 N0 M0.
Finding the cancer was completely serendipitous. I went to my GP mid-August complaining of indigestion and she prescribed some tablets and said I needed to go for an endoscopy to find out if there was anything else happening.
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 54. I had been feeling tired for some time and had been experiencing pain when I sat down, which I self-diagnosed as haemorrhoids and was treating with herbal cures. I eventually saw my GP after about three months when the pain still hadn’t gone away. The GP gave me a physical examination and sent me for a CT scan, which took a few days to schedule.
Within a week of receiving the results of the scan, I was referred to a colorectal surgeon and soon after had a colonoscopy, which was almost pointless because they couldn’t get the camera past the lump in my colon. More tests were ordered and my tumour was eventually diagnosed as stage 3.