"With symptoms including blood and blood clots in my stool, fatigue, nausea, light jaundice and abdominal pain, I visited the emergency room in August 2018 and had to wait for nearly 7 hours."
"The resident medical officer, who didn't even wish to begin to think it could be a possibility of something as serious as cancer, completed minimal observations and turned me away."
With symptoms including blood and blood clots in my stool, fatigue, nausea, light jaundice and abdominal pain, I visited the emergency room in August 2018 and had to wait for nearly 7 hours. I was turned away.
"On the outside, I am a normal looking 25-year-old male working as a Mining Engineer in Central Queensland. On the inside, I am full of fantastic but also worrying surprises."
"At the age of 14, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a condition that increases your risk of bowel cancer. But my story is more about recognising what can happen to the human body on the inside, even if you look normal on the outside. No matter what your age or lifestyle."
I just wanted to share my story with you and anyone who would be interested to not only raise awareness, but to show that people can get through the worst of things and there is always a positive side to things.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes disorders that involve chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.
Chronic inflammation can cause continuous turnover of cells in the intestinal lining.
As cells ‘turnover’, old cells are replaced with new cells.
Each time cells turnover, the risk of irregularities that may lead to bowel cancer increases.
As a result, people living with IBD are considered to be at a higher risk of developing bowel cancer approximately 8 to 10 years after they first start experiencing inflammation of the gut.