Bowel Cancer Stories


This year has been a challenge, nearly 12 months ago, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was honestly the scariest moment of my life, I was told that if I didn't do something straight away, I would not live to see Xmas 2018.


I believe it is important for all of us to fight to be healthy. After experiencing years of diarrhoea and stomach pain, Mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 55.

After a urinary infection that persisted, Mum’s doctor suggested an ultrasound where ‘masses’ were discovered on her bowels. She was then referred for an abdomen scan.


My bowel cancer diagnosis was a huge shock.

I had been experiencing frequent constipation, a general change in bowel habits and some rectal bleeding, all of which my GP felt needed further investigation. I was referred for a colonoscopy and endoscopy in order to pinpoint the source of the problem.


In 2007, the government sent out free bowel cancer test kits to a range of people and I did my test as soon as I received it. The results indicated blood in my samples and I was told to see my GP immediately. I wasn't overly worried at this stage because I had seen blood in my stools on and off for some time and had always put this down to taking iron tablets, which can cause dietary problems like constipation.

After my GP appointment, things started to move very quickly, with a colonoscopy, blood tests, injections, a CT scan, an MRI and visits to a specialist surgeon. 

My name is Nadine. I am a 33 year old mother to two girls and a personal trainer. I have always led a healthy lifestyle and never had any major health issues. Well at least I didn’t think I did.

Half way through 2014 I noticed I was getting frequent mild cramping in my lower abdomen. I had not long completed my first half marathon so I thought all the running may have made my stomach a little sensitive. I tried eliminating foods over the next few months but this did not make a difference. In fact, the cramping kept getting worse and more frequent, to the point I was doubled over on the toilet. In May last year I noticed some blood and I knew something wasn’t right.
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