Bowel Cancer Stories

29
Jun
2015
My advice to anyone else going through this is to give yourself sufficient time to adjust to the changes in your body. Seek support early. Use every service that is made available to you. Most importantly - be kind to yourself!
 
After a positive screen test in 2009 at age 50, I was instructed to have a colonoscopy. The procedure in 2010 found a polyp which was removed and as a result, my surgeon suggested I have a further colonoscopy in 2013.

This procedure uncovered a small cancer in the left descending colon.
29
Jun
2015
"When Lauren was diagnosed with bowel cancer, we had no idea young people could get it. I now spread awareness as often as I can, as I don't want anyone to go through bowel cancer without surviving it. I know if Lauren had survived, she would have been a strong advocate for spreading awareness to other young people."
 
Our daughter Lauren had no symptoms of bowel cancer. She had just celebrated her 26th birthday and was in the ACT Dragon Boat Squad training for Nationals and complained about being tired – but they were all tired from training!
25
May
2015
I originally noticed rectal bleeding in March 2009. At the time I was 27 years old. After a couple of days of blood in my stool I booked an appointment with a local GP. Several days later I attended the GP appointment and the Doctor performed a rectal exam. The Doctor advised me all was fine in the rectum, and said the bleeding was probably the result of hemorrhoids. I was, however, referred to a specialist for a colonoscopy to make sure. I sat on the referral for a week or two and then booked in the colonoscopy.
11
May
2015
A change of diet is what Darren's specialist advised him to undertake, despite a decade of unusual bowel habits and bleeding.
 
After so many years living with unusual bowel habits, I had come to think of it as pretty normal. I did go to see a specialist early on who examined me but just told me I needed to change my diet.
29
Sep
2014
It was very frightening to realise I might die and leave my two small children (aged one and three at diagnosis) without their mum after being diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer at the age of 36 in April 2012.
 
I noticed occasional rectal bleeding and after about six weeks I went to my GP. She didn't think it was urgent but recommended a colonoscopy. After a six week wait and a substantial increase in rectal bleeding, the colonoscopy showed a tumour in my mid to low rectum, plus two polyps in my bowel.
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