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29
Jun
2016
I was diagnosed at the age of 44 in 2015 with stage 3 bowel cancer.

I was working as a plasterer in Perth when diagnosed and had just been made redundant from working as a FIFO construction labourer.

I was lucky I did something after noticing some symptoms including a change in bowel movements, rectal bleeding and tiredness.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
15
Jun
2016
I visited my GP feeling something wasn’t right. After having had my daughter, I shortly after started to experience a change in bowel habit; never feeling finished; Stomach pain; Anaemia; Weight loss; Felt a mass, felt nausea, constantly bloated, and had blood in my stool.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
14
Jun
2016
This horrible process was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with and it is scary at best. But a good sense of humour and being able to have a good laugh can do a lot for your spirit when you are feeling lousy. Support from family, friends, my employer and playing golf also helped me through.

In December 2014, I started to experience severe lower abdominal pain but for a long period I simply ignored it (I thought it would be fine if I just took a couple of Panadol). Later that month I saw my GP who suggested blood and stool tests. These came back showing I had an infection which was treated with antibiotics. The pain subsided but I felt there was still something wrong and I was incredibly bloated.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
08
Jun
2016
In 2014 I received my first National Bowel Cancer Screening Program kit as I had turned 50. I put off doing the test for some time because I had none of the symptoms so thought I did not need to do it. My wife convinced me to do the test and thank goodness I did because shortly after sending it away I received the news that I had a positive result. It was a huge shock.
 
My GP then referred me to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. During the scope they found a cancerous polyp, so I was then referred to a surgeon and within a couple of weeks I was in hospital having the cancerous polyp removed.
 
The surgeon removed 40 cm of my bowel to successfully remove the cancerous polyp and lymph nodes for testing. The operation was a success and I did not need a stoma.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
03
Jun
2016
On a Saturday night, in September 2011, I was supposed to be out with my friends, but stayed home because I had back pain. I called mum because even though I was 25, when I was in pain I needed my mum. My parents were out on a date night, but came home to take me to the hospital. I had never had random pain, and this was intense. After waiting for ages in the ER waiting room, I wasn’t too sure what was worse, the pain or the movie “Hairspray” blasting from the front of the room. When I finally got seen, they did a blood test to check my kidneys. The test came back clear but showed low haemoglobin levels which caused the doctors some concern, but no explanation for the pain. They then ask me 20 questions about my back – have I lifted something heavy, did I hurt it etc.
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