Tagged: #Female

20
Apr
2017
Ever since a parting gift of a Giardia parasite from a family holiday in Thailand, I’d grown used to the occasional sight of blood and mucous in my stools, finding it more annoying than alarming. My naturopath thought I’d probably picked up another parasite, which made sense as a stool test around 12 months prior had returned normal. What else could it be, after all I was only 42.
 
Just to be on the safe side, my GP referred me to a gastroenterologist for a gastroscopy and colonoscopy. I left the recovery room, the gastroenterologist’s words still fresh in my ears, ‘You’re one lucky woman. I removed a polyp from your bowel (rectum) but it all looks fine.’ Five days later came the unexpected phone call – the histopathology showed the polyp was far from fine, with cells outside the polyp’s margins indicating that the cancer had spread. How far he couldn’t say.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
13
Mar
2017
It was September when I visited my GP. I was experiencing a low mood and significant fatigue. A blood test showed my iron to be at a count of 6 so I was promptly booked in for an iron infusion.

My iron deficiency was attributed to me being a woman (menstruation), a mother (having lost blood during delivery and breastfeeding) and a vegetarian (19 years without ever having low iron).

With inconsistent blood results and an iron level which dropped again after the infusion proved none of these to be the cause of my issues.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
25
Jan
2017
My world changed on 30th October 2013. Here’s my story.
 
For years prior to 30th October 2013 I had been complaining to my GP about digestive issues and other associated symptoms. I would regularly see her talking to her about the same symptoms. I was given fact sheets on constipation, fissures, advised to try increasing my water intake, remove lactose and gluten from my diet, I even tried going to a naturopath to see if they could do anything to help. Nothing seemed to work, my symptoms continued to get worst.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
25
Jan
2017

In March 2017, at 41 years of age, I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer.

My symptoms were off and on. Tiredness, bowel changes, stomach cramps. I cut out foods and drinks that made me feel sick and experienced unexplained fevers. I knew something wasn’t quite right, but tests didn’t show anything. I’d had enough and demanded some answers. I told my doctor I wasn’t letting up until I knew what was wrong....I requested a colonoscopy, stool test and inflammatory marker blood test (CRP) to name a few.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
22
Sep
2016
As a 48 year old busy mum of four running a business, I'm afraid my health was not always my first priority.

I’d experienced some symptoms which I’d discussed with my doctor such as abdominal discomfort and low iron levels. However as I had pre-existing medical conditions, these symptoms were attributed to them and with no family history of bowel cancer, no alarm bells sounded.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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