I was diagnosed with stage 2b bowel cancer in August 2017 at the age of 39....
During the past few years of my life I always experienced fatigued, stomach upsets and cramping. When I was in my late 20's all my blood tests would show up that I had Coeliac Disease and every time I experience any symptoms I would just put it down to Coeliac Disease. That I either drank or ate something that had gluten in it, that would cause the upset stomachs and pain, it became my "Normal"....
In my early to mid-40s I experienced a lot of diarrhoea. A few trips to the GP saw me have several FOBTs, blood tests for inflammatory bowel markers and Coeliac Disease, as well as standard blood tests for everything else. All came back Normal. Time and time again. I had an endoscopy at about 45, and was diagnosed with Grade 5 Reflux Oesophagitis and Gastritis. We thought we had found the problem, and I was given appropriate medication.
Here is my timeline glimpse of how quickly a diagnosis and treatment occur. This is my Kick Ass Story.
National Bowel Cancer screening program (FOBT).
My name is Jaime and I am a 36 year old mother of three children (Leonard, 3, Cecilia, 4 and Maisie, 6) from Perth. In May 2014, four days after the birth of my third child, I was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer that had spread to my liver and my lungs. I have been having treatment, on and off, since that time and I live a fulfilling and happy life with advanced cancer!
Starting a new year feeling great after a long Christmas holiday makes it very hard to comprehend what last year served up. I remember thinking at the start of 2017 how excited I was about the changes that I had planned for the year. I could never have imagined that a bowel cancer diagnosis would be on the cards and change everything.