Tagged: #Female

08
Mar
2016

I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in January 2014 at age 47. I had first experienced some bleeding and consulted my GP in August 2013 about it. He said it was very common complaint and as I had no risk factors including no family history to come and see him if it didn’t resolve itself in a few months. The bleeding became worse and I also experienced mucus discharge on some occasions and changes in bowel habits with increased frequency.


I was pretty sure everything was OK but just to make sure I took a deep breath and looked on the Bowel Cancer Australia web site. The one thing that really jumped out at me was that 90% of colorectal cancer can be cured if it was caught early enough. I asked myself what percentage I wanted to be in and really it was a no brainer. So I figured if it was cancer and it could be fixed it was best to get that done and not stick my head in the sand and hope it goes away.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
08
Mar
2016
At 69, healthy and active, I was given an InSure Bowel Cancer Screening Test kit by my GP. Because I had had no symptoms and there hadn’t been any bowel cancer in my family I didn’t think it urgent to complete the test so was shocked when the result returned positive. Like me, my GP thought it was probably a haemorrhoid but suggested I have a colonoscopy. This was completed a few weeks later and I was woken to hear the surgeon say that a tumour had been located in my Sigmoid Colon and would have to be removed.

I told him ‘But we’re going overseas in three weeks.’
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14
Jan
2016
After experiencing rectal bleeding I took myself off to the doctor for a check up. My GP recommended I have a colonoscopy, which I almost canceled thinking I was over reacting, but only that one of my closest girlfriends parents had both been diagnosed with bowel cancer, made me decide to go ahead with the test. I am greatful now I did.
 

During the colonoscopy I had a 3cm polyp removed which a week later I was told was cancerous and that I would need to be referred to a Colorectal surgeon. During my colonoscopy and the removal of the polyp my bowel was perforated, which no one seemed to realize until a week later, I became to get really unwell and was admitted to hospital and required 30cm of my bowel to be removed. It all happened so fast, like it was almost not real.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
02
Nov
2015
Peter and I had enjoyed a wonderful holiday and I had been back teaching for several weeks. It was a beautiful warm, sunny Saturday morning and we were heading out to see our daughter in a wedding. A sudden cramping spasm gripped the right side of my abdomen. Food poisoning? The cramping spasms continued at random intervals over the next few days. It was a mystery as I had no other symptoms of food poisoning.
 
A visit to my GP and a scan showed there was something in the large bowel. Cancer was a fearful thought for both Peter and myself. It seemed ridiculous though, as I have no family history of bowel cancer, I ate a healthily, wasn't overweight and was reasonably active. Yes I was constipated, and thinking back had been constipated some of the time while we were on holiday, but put it down to the change of routine and the different foods we were eating. I was also beginning to lose weight.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
02
Nov
2015
You might think that a diagnosis of bowel cancer is bad luck. In my case it certainly seemed that way. Just fifty, fit, healthy, a vegetarian and no family history of any cancer, it certainly seemed that bad luck had played a hand in it.

But really, my battle with bowel cancer is story of good luck.

I'm lucky, despite the cancer having advanced to stage 3 by the time of diagnosis, advancements in treatment means I have a 75% chance of surviving this disease.
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