Bowel Cancer Stories


Six years ago at 64, I began to notice blood in my stool and reported it straight away to my GP, who referred me to a colorectal surgeon.  A colonoscopy revealed cancer and an operation was recommended as my best option. I’d estimate that from the moment I noticed the blood to finally being operated on took no more than six weeks, which isn’t very long to come to terms with the fact of bowel cancer.  I was given an ileostomy during surgery, which also took some getting used to.


I was diagnosed with bowel cancer December 2013.

Initially I had been feeling a little tired, which wasn’t normal for me but I didn’t think anything of it. It was only that I start to lose weight for no reason and thought I could feel a lump in my stomach that I decided to see my GP.

I asked to have bloods done and told her I could feel a lump; however the GP said she couldn’t feel anything but agreed to do a set of bloods in case my iron was low.


I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 58 years old.

I’d had dull stomach pain and occasional bleeding for several months but it wasn’t until I saw a lot of blood in the toilet that I booked an appointment with my GP.  He sent me for a colonoscopy and I was referred to a surgeon within a week.

I was very shocked when I was told I had cancer, but I tried to remain positive throughout my treatment and I really think that helped me cope.


Over Christmas 2007, I was incredibly sick with what I thought was food poisoning until the sickness quickly turned into severe pain.  I decided go to my local hospital in Macksville, where I was admitted for two days and given a colonoscopy to investigate the abdominal pain. The diagnosis was bowel cancer and 10 days later I had surgery.  I had 55cm of bowel and 17 lymph nodes removed and fortunately only four nodes were cancerous.  I now have a secondary tumour between my bladder and rectum, which we hope will respond to the chemotherapy I’m undergoing.

I want people to be aware that if you have risk factors that contribute to bowel cancer and you keep on top of your checks, it can save your life.

At a young age I experienced irritable bowel symptoms, which lead me down the path of needing a colonoscopy. I was just 16 when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and told I had an increased risk of bowel cancer from a young age due to this diagnosis. Polys were also found during the colonoscopy, which increased my risk yet again. As a result, it was suggested that I have a repeat colonoscopy every two years.
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