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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
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
08
Dec
2015
8th July 2014 was one of the biggest days in our lives with the arrival of our new born son... we were settled at home, work was going well and we were happy, having been married for only 10 months.
 
During the pregnancy, Katie often complained of "women's pain" down low - it was put down to being the usual symptoms of pregnancy such as Hemorrhoids. Unfortunately, following the birth of our boy, the pain failed to subside and the lumps were getting larger. To ensure there were no surprises we decided to get a colonoscopy.
 
I distinctly remember being with Katie when she awoke from the brief day procedure and the look on the doctor's face - he told us it required a further colonoscopy, which was organized quickly.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
16
Jul
2015
My message to anyone reading this is to be persistent. If you feel there is something wrong, push your doctor to do something about it.
 
In Jan 2013 I visited my GP as I was experiencing stomach pains. The doctor decided it was probably related to certain foods in my diet so didn't carry out any investigations.

At the time I felt I wasn't being taken seriously because I was so young.

In February the pains became severe so I called an out of hours GP who suggested stomach ease medication and to see my GP for further investigation. The pain passed again that same evening.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
07
Jul
2015
I want people to be aware that if you have risk factors that contribute to bowel cancer and you keep on top of your checks, it can save your life.

At a young age I experienced irritable bowel symptoms, which lead me down the path of needing a colonoscopy. I was just 16 when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and told I had an increased risk of bowel cancer from a young age due to this diagnosis. Polys were also found during the colonoscopy, which increased my risk yet again. As a result, it was suggested that I have a repeat colonoscopy every two years.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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