Bowel Cancer Stories

15
Aug
2017

In 2010, I was 19 and planning my wedding. Unlike most brides-to-be, I was also in and out of the GP’s office fighting with her to take my bowel issues seriously and undergoing a series of tests.

I was extremely anaemic and required weekly infusions over 12 weeks, in the lead up to my wedding.

When a FOBT confirmed positive for blood in my stools, my GP still kept telling me “you are too young for bowel cancer” and that it was a waste of her time to pursue testing further because she was confident it would come back negative.

02
Feb
2018

Ok, so apparently, I am a kick ass woman, who like many many others has her own story to share, so here goes!

Hi, my name’s Tamara and two and a half years ago I was diagnosed with bowel cancer – I was 40.

02
Feb
2018

Looking back through my Facebook timeline I found a joke between a friend and me about constipation and squatting while pooping. In hindsight, this was most likely my first symptom of bowel cancer. That post was in June 2016 just before my 39th birthday. I was a busy single mum, working full time as a bookkeeper and volunteering as treasurer on the P&C of the kids’ school. On the off weeks when I didn’t have my 3 girls, I was dating and socialising with friends. Life was busy but fun and full of laughs.

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.
29
May
2017
I had just turned 39 when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer.
 
I remember thinking, ‘This doctor has me mixed up with somebody else. It cannot be me. I don't have a tumour.
 
‘I’m fit. I surf. I run. I don't smoke. I’m not overweight.
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