“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.
Nathan met Jodie twenty years ago when they were both age eleven and in the sixth grade.
Nathan says it was love at first sight and still remembers giving Jodie her first kiss, “a peck on the lips,” when they were at the school disco.
Despite their differences (Nathan was the bad boy who sat outside with the smokers and Jodie was a gymnast who hung outside science class), Nathan says he managed to charm Jodie into becoming his girlfriend when they were in Year 11.
The pair broke up soon after graduating high school, but they remained the best of friends.