Tagged: #colectomy

It can be a very lonely and tough time caring for a parent with bowel cancer.

Mum's father had died from bowel cancer in his early 60's so she knew her risk of developing the disease was higher.

She had never experienced any symptoms but asked her GP in New Zealand to have tests done after her friend was diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer. Mum was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer just before Christmas 2011. She was only 54 and I was just 26.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
According to a study evaluating long-term health-related quality of life outcomes, life after colectomy for ulcerative colitis (UC) is found to be generally good, although issues impacting psychological and sexual functioning persist.

A cross-sectional survey was administered to consecutive patients with UC under 18 years of age who had a colectomy within the last decade from centres in Australia, Canada, and the UK. Data was collected from November 2010 to July 2011.
Of 351 survey respondents, almost half (49%) were male with a median age of 40 years.
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In May 2013 I was admitted to hospital for appendicitis. 

Prior to the operation, my surgeon was concerned that my symptoms didn't match up 100% with appendicitis, so he scheduled me for a CT scan instead.

Three years earlier I had passed a large volume of blood in the toilet bowl after going to the toilet. I went to a GP who said not to worry about it unless it happened again. As it didn't happen again I didn't go back to him.

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I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer two years ago at the age of 23.  I had been experiencing a range of symptoms for about five years, including rectal bleeding, mucous in my stools, diarrhoea, stomach pain and cramps to changes in my bowel habits. 

Coincidentally, my mother was also having these problems, so we were both seeing a doctor to try to discover their cause.

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