I was 34 when I was diagnosed with Stage IV bowel cancer.
I had been experiencing some abdominal bloating for only a week or so, and went to see my GP.
As I had been travelling I was prescribed antibiotics to rule out an infection, but after a week I still had symptoms.
In 2010, I was 19 and planning my wedding. Unlike most brides-to-be, I was also in and out of the GP’s office fighting with her to take my bowel issues seriously and undergoing a series of tests.
I was extremely anaemic and required weekly infusions over 12 weeks, in the lead up to my wedding.
When a FOBT confirmed positive for blood in my stools, my GP still kept telling me “you are too young for bowel cancer” and that it was a waste of her time to pursue testing further because she was confident it would come back negative.