Tagged: #Female

03
May
2016
My whole world changed. It all began the day before commencing a set of nights in August 2015. I went to the toilet as usual and passed what I thought was a bowel motion which in fact turned out to be bright red blood. That was the turning point. I knew I needed to see a GP. This occurred on a Friday and so I booked an appointment to see a GP on the Monday morning straight after finishing my night shift. I felt like an idiot. "I’m perfectly well" I was said to myself, "I’m making this all up, the doctor is going to think I'm an idiot’. I did attend my appointment, definitely not my normal chirpy self, I couldn’t think clearly and the words just didn’t come out as smoothly as they usually did. I was tired, it had been a hard couple of night shifts in emergency. Maybe this was my problem, I was unhappy in my relationship, I was stressed about the wellbeing of my parents, work was tough and I lacked confidence in myself. Maybe these factors were contributing to my change in bowel habit? Hopefully.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
21
Apr
2016
Being diagnosed with bowel cancer is tough. You think you are going to die and you quickly start to re-think your bucket list!

The first indication I had a problem was with a bowel motion I had. When I looked in the toilet bowl, it was full of blood. In hindsight, I wish I had taken a photo as I was later questioned repeatedly about the quantity of blood I had seen. There was a lot of blood! I even called my husband to have a look!
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
23
Mar
2016
I’m a Registered nurse working in aged care so I’m very used to looking after the health of my patients first. I was surprised when my colleagues started telling me they were worried about my health as I looked so pale. I didn’t know what they were all worrying about so didn’t take much notice. Finally the GP I was doing a ward round with one day became very concerned and said I was looking really unwell.

I followed his advice and went to get some blood tests that afternoon. The results came back the next day and my iron levels were dangerously low. I went to hospital that day to have 4 units of blood transfused. The doctors in hospital arranged for me to have a colonoscopy the following week which showed a tumour which they thought was the size of a 5cent piece and hadn’t gone through the bowel wall as yet.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
22
Mar
2016
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
22
Mar
2016
At 25, you certainly never expect to be told you have bowel cancer.

I was admitted to hospital in early February 2014 for suspected appendicitis, as I had sharp stomach pains and was generally unwell. Blood tests and ultrasounds were carried out but nothing seemed to be wrong.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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