Talking about cancer can be very difficult, even with people you know and love.
How do you have a conversation about a life-changing illness with someone who doesn’t know how it feels to receive a cancer diagnosis?
Are you a kick ass woman living with or beyond bowel cancer, or do you have a female family member or friend that is?
On the 18th of February, outback runner Jenna Brook will begin her Running for Bums challenge, a 4500-kilometre journey that will take her from the South East Cape of Tasmania to the tip of Cape York in Queensland.
“While running more than 100 marathons in just 4 months is a daunting prospect, it is made somewhat easier by being in aid of Bowel Cancer Australia and helping to raise awareness of Australia's second biggest cancer killer along the way,” said Jenna.
“You need to do something, even if it is haemorrhoids I want something done, I can't continue living like this," Queenslander Jodie Elisara said, after multiple visits to three different GPs over several years.
Eight years after she first started to experience symptoms, her pain had become unbearable.
Despite repeated attempts to get a definitive diagnosis as to what was causing symptoms which ranged from rectal bleeding, low iron levels, and extreme pain when passing stools, Jodie did not receive a diagnostic colonoscopy until the bowel cancer she was living with had reached stage 3.
I am 61 years old and was diagnosed two months after my last birthday. After surgery and histology I was diagnosed at T1 N0 M0.
Finding the cancer was completely serendipitous. I went to my GP mid-August complaining of indigestion and she prescribed some tablets and said I needed to go for an endoscopy to find out if there was anything else happening.