Bowel Cancer Stories

07
Nov
2013

Kim was diagnosed with bowel cancer in June 2012 and passed away on 8th May 2013. We are just coming up to 6 months since his passing and I am here to share his dreadful journey.

Kim was being treated for constipation, no bleeding or anything to let us know there was a problem. After 10 days he started vomiting and I took him to the hospital in Brisbane. He spent a week in hospital to clear his bowel, then a big op to remove a large cancer in his bowel that had burst through the bowel wall. He had chemo 24/7 but still had lots of pain. Another week in hospital only to be told he had the all clear.

18
Mar
2016
How does a 25 year old guy cope with a cancer diagnosis?

The truth is that it has been hard, and at times terrible for my blooming adult confidence.

Being a typical 25 year old guy, I was out enjoying life and doing all the things 25 year old guys do - hitting the bars, meeting ladies and talking to anyone with a story to tell, all the usual stuff.
14
Jun
2016
This horrible process was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with and it is scary at best. But a good sense of humour and being able to have a good laugh can do a lot for your spirit when you are feeling lousy. Support from family, friends, my employer and playing golf also helped me through.

In December 2014, I started to experience severe lower abdominal pain but for a long period I simply ignored it (I thought it would be fine if I just took a couple of Panadol). Later that month I saw my GP who suggested blood and stool tests. These came back showing I had an infection which was treated with antibiotics. The pain subsided but I felt there was still something wrong and I was incredibly bloated.
07
Nov
2013
I used to eat all of the recommended things for healthy living – fresh fruits and vegetables, protein from a range of high quality sources like meat, seafood and nuts. When it came to things like cheese, chocolate and coffee, I ate them only in moderation.

Due to an ileostomy I received following bowel cancer surgery, I now have to consume a ‘low residue’ (low fibre) diet, consisting of low fibre white bread, mashed vegetables and jelly.
21
Mar
2016
It took more than three months for doctors to diagnose my bowel cancer after several check-ups for health complaints relating to my tummy and bowel. I am now battling an aggressive cancer that has spread to my liver and lung. I just wish this had been caught earlier...
 
In Sep 2014, I had my usual health check and all seemed well. The only issue I had was a cough which I could not shake. I also noticed a pulling sensation on the left side of my tummy. I was prescribed an asthma puffer and a course of steroids for my cough. By October, my cough had gone but the pulling sensation in my tummy remained. Then my bowel habits started to change.
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