Bowel Cancer Stories

02
Feb
2018

I was 37 when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2015.

My mum had bowel cancer at 57.

05
Apr
2019

At 21 years old, I first noticed blood in my stools and sought advice from two different GP’s. They both assured me it was from internal haemorrhoids. At 25 years old, with a one-year-old baby boy, I had significant bleeding and other symptoms I could no longer ignore and demanded that my GP refer me to a gastroenterologist.

21
Mar
2016
The first time I even knew something was up with mum was the day before my birthday. She called to tell me not to expect any birthday presents, as she had been too unwell to go shopping. This was so unlike her and I knew immediately something must be up.

Poor mum had been in so much pain and not sleeping at night. She finally went to her GP who examined her and was concerned he had felt a mass. A CT Scan was booked on December 7 and a tumour discovered.
02
Feb
2018

I was 33 years old and learnt very quickly that in the blink of an eye your life can change. Your goals, dreams, and priorities are all forced to take different turns.

It all started late March 2017...

21
Mar
2016
“I have three great kids age five, nine and 13, and my misses who I need to stick around for. At this point, I’ll do anything it takes to make sure I get to see them grow up, make sure the mortgage gets paid, and that they are ok.”
 
Despite visiting four different GPs over a seven month period, it may very well have been my partner who saved my life.

Every time I saw a GP my symptoms were put down to constipation. I was given different medications to try but nothing worked.
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