Bowel Cancer Stories

Upon relocating to Queensland from New South Wales in October 2015, I registered with a GP in my local area, primarily to be able to get prescription renewals for blood pressure medication I was taking.

At the initial consultation my GP took a family history. After noting that my Grandmother on my mother's side had died from bowel cancer at the age of 53, my doctor suggested that I should have a colonoscopy as part of my health management plan.

I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in July 2015 about one month after my 28th birthday. My gastroenterologist found the tumour by accident whilst I was having a colonoscopy to investigate an unrelated issue, ulcerative colitis – the cancer was stage 3. 


I was diagnosed with bowel cancer (T4 N1 M0) on the 3rd June, 2010.

I went to my GP after I noticed bright red blood on the toilet paper and was booked in for a colonoscopy four days later, which is when they found the tumour.  Within 10 days of my diagnosis I had blood tests, a CT scan and two MRIs.  I saw two gastroenterologists, three colorectal surgeons and four oncologists. I researched hospitals, services and care teams. 
My gastroenterologists told me I had a tumour that looked cancerous as I woke up from the colonoscopy. 

I was first diagnosed with a hernia, which seemed to explain the changes in my bowel habits and the stomach pains I had been experiencing.

But in the lead up to the Easter long weekend in 2009, I started feeling pretty unwell.

We had family arriving so I didn’t really want to make a fuss – we were meant to be enjoying Good Friday together, after all – but I felt much worse as the day went on and started vomiting.
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.
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