Bowel Cancer Stories

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Jun
2010

Unlike many people, I had severe symptoms for some time before I got my diagnosis. For four weeks during the time of seeing my doctor and being diagnosed I had very bad stomach pains and was completely unable to eat. 

My condition continued to deteriorate all the time – the stomach pain came and went, becoming sharper and more intense as time passed, and I was generally very sick. By the end of this 4 week period, I was unable to walk.
 
During this time I saw four GPs, each of whom had a different opinion about what was wrong with me and even when I was eventually hospitalised the bowel cancer wasn’t picked up.
09
Jun
2010

I was diagnosed in 2008 when I was 54. I had been complaining to doctors for years about various symptoms but I was never sent for tests – not even a bowel screen – until I started bleeding from the rectum.

I’ve been an athlete for more than 26 years, competing in marathons, triathlons, even an IronMan event. When you run a lot, diarrhoea is quite common, so everyone – including doctors – kept telling me that my various symptoms were the result of an intense training schedule. I knew things weren’t right, but it wasn’t until I started bleeding that I was finally sent for tests.
09
Jun
2010

I’d had rectal bleeding and unusual bowel habits for six to eight weeks before going to see my GP in 2008. I was 60 at the time. My GP gave me an internal examination but found nothing. Nonetheless, he was insistent that I see a specialist and made the call while I sat in his surgery, getting me an appointment for the very next day. 

I had a colonoscopy within the week and was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer.  I had a CT scan the next day, then an ultrasound for tumour staging.

09
Jun
2010

On 24 January 2010, The Sunday Mail in Queensland ran an article on celebrity health; I was going to turn the page until I saw Lara Bingle in a bikini!

Being a true Aussie bloke, I decided the article needed a closer look and found myself reading a genuinely interesting story.  

In 2004, I had experienced a serious change in bowel habits and occasional stomach pains but, like many, I just put it down to work stress. I would also feel very tired and shaky and get the sweats after only a couple of hours work in the garden.
09
Jun
2010

When I was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer in 2006, I was 45 years old.

I am a wife and a mother of three (now 23, 20 & 16 years old) and an office manager. 

I had no family history of bowel cancer and I led a healthy lifestyle before my diagnosis, although I was told further along the process that I carry the HNPCC gene, which is a strong indicator of the disease. 

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