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25
Jan
2011

My symptoms were fairly vague.  In January 2010 I had one incident of a very upset tummy, I had had slight rectal bleeding for about 8 months but put it down to having haemorrhoids from having had a baby in the past year, and my bowel movements had been more regular.

I was actually at the GP in January 2010 about getting my moles checked for cancer when right at the end I mentioned the above symptoms.  My GP who I now thank for my life, said that at my age I should have nothing and immediately referred me to a gastroenterologist. Cancer was the furthest thing from my mind.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
20
Oct
2010

I am 31 years old and happily married with two children (3 years and 18 months old) and another little boy on the way, due any time now. I'm an Australian Federal Police Officer currently attached to the Specialist Response and Security Tactical Response Team.

Bowel cancer was the last thing on my mind when I started to experience small amounts of rectal bleeding. 

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
24
Aug
2010

Over Christmas 2007, I was incredibly sick with what I thought was food poisoning until the sickness quickly turned into severe pain.  I decided go to my local hospital in Macksville, where I was admitted for two days and given a colonoscopy to investigate the abdominal pain. The diagnosis was bowel cancer and 10 days later I had surgery.  I had 55cm of bowel and 17 lymph nodes removed and fortunately only four nodes were cancerous.  I now have a secondary tumour between my bladder and rectum, which we hope will respond to the chemotherapy I’m undergoing.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
20
Jul
2010

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer (T4 N1 M0) on the 3rd June, 2010.

I went to my GP after I noticed bright red blood on the toilet paper and was booked in for a colonoscopy four days later, which is when they found the tumour.  Within 10 days of my diagnosis I had blood tests, a CT scan and two MRIs.  I saw two gastroenterologists, three colorectal surgeons and four oncologists. I researched hospitals, services and care teams. 
 
My gastroenterologists told me I had a tumour that looked cancerous as I woke up from the colonoscopy. 
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07
Jul
2010

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 58 years old.

I’d had dull stomach pain and occasional bleeding for several months but it wasn’t until I saw a lot of blood in the toilet that I booked an appointment with my GP.  He sent me for a colonoscopy and I was referred to a surgeon within a week.

I was very shocked when I was told I had cancer, but I tried to remain positive throughout my treatment and I really think that helped me cope.

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