Bowel Cancer Stories


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. 


In 2000 I was diagnosed with pneumonia. While I was in hospital the specialist did a cancer marker test which came back really high. However the subsequent colonoscopy was not very clear as the prep had not been very effective.

In September 2011 I underwent a second colonoscopy as I was experiencing continual bad diarrhoea. During the procedure a carcinoid tumour was discovered.


A little about my situation

End of August, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic bowel cancer. It spread to my liver and some lymph nodes near my pancreas. I went into hospital with gall stone issues.... came out with cancer and I still have my bloody gall bladder.

At 25, you certainly never expect to be told you have bowel cancer.

I was admitted to hospital in early February 2014 for suspected appendicitis, as I had sharp stomach pains and was generally unwell. Blood tests and ultrasounds were carried out but nothing seemed to be wrong.

Hi there, I’m Gem. I’m 31, and until August 2017 considered myself fit and healthy (or at least working on it at the gym and boot camp and generally doing the right thing).

My world got turned upside down last year when I was diagnosed with Stage IV bowel cancer. The technical terms on top of my forms, Stage IV Metastatic Colorectal Cancer – that is cancer that has spread to other organs. Goodness I went into hospital with gallstone pain…. And came out with cancer. At 30 years of age you don’t expect that bombshell when waking up from surgery to remove your gall bladder.

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