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29
Jun
2016
When I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 35 I was devastated. I thought my life was over and my daughter who was 2 at the time would grow up without me. I didn't know much about cancer at all and I had none of the factors that make a person more suseptable to cancer. After having surgery to remove the tumor and a section of my bowel I found out that I had stage 3B bowel cancer.
 
The tumor had broken through my bowel and one lymph node had cancer in it. It was highly recommended that I begin chemotherapy as soon as I recovered from the bowel surgery. In August 2015 I began 6 months of Folfox chemo.
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.
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
07
Apr
2016
I am an example of the value of regularly undertaking the in-home FIT test and the benefits of early bowel cancer detection.
 
I had been doing the Colovantage test for about 7 years with the result coming back each year as negative until late 2015 when the result came back positive.
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
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