Bowel Cancer Stories

15
Sep
2014
Twelve months ago in January 2013, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer, yep the big "C"! It was one of the luckiest days of my life, as being diagnosed meant I could get help and beat the bastard.
 
I told everybody the bastard won't beat me and here I am 12 months later celebrating. I am thankful to all my family, friends, work colleagues, customers and suppliers for all the love and support given through the bad times. I sit here quietly, reflecting on what a lucky person I am.
15
Sep
2014
My face was my reason for seeing my GP. I really wasn't that worried about the lesion on the side of my face. After all my neighbour, who is a plastic surgeon had told me it was a simple basal cell carcinoma (BCC).
 
I'd had them before and had them dealt with when time allowed for a visit to the GP. The rectal bleeding I was experiencing wasn't unusual. I had lived with a haemorrhoid for over 15 years at least, so a bit of blood wasn't a concern. I'd seen that before and wasn't worried, though it seemed a little heavier lately.
09
Apr
2014

Prior to leaving for a three month holiday in our caravan I went to my doctor to get my blood pressure script for our journey ahead.

During the consultation my doctor asked how I was and I said ‘oh, I think those hemorrhoids must have popped’. She recommended I get checked out by a specialist before I left the following week.

Within the week I was able to get in to see a specialist who said I needed a colonoscopy. I explained I was going away but thankfully he had a cancellation on the Monday (I was going away on the Thursday). The day after my colonoscopy I got the phone call saying ‘you are not going anywhere you have cancer’.

09
Apr
2014

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.

09
Apr
2014

Towards the end of 2013 I had a pain deep within my bowel only three times, each lasting about 15 minutes. I considered the pain to be quite intense and thought it was hemorrhoids back again as I have two children and had experienced hemorrhoids previously.

I was given a referral from a GP to speak to a surgeon who was 98% sure it was Levator Ani Syndrome causing the bowel to spasm - but recommended a colonoscopy just in case.

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