Tagged: #QLD

21
Sep
2016
Prior to my diagnosis, I was an elite athlete within touch football (refereeing) having represented Australia numerous times since 2010, the most recent international tournament in April 2016. I was ranked No: 1 in QLD, No: 2 in Australia and third in the world.

I first went to my GP in late 2014 for treatment for haemorrhoids and was referred to a specialist. I revisited my specialist in early 2016 as my younger brother had had appendicitis in late 2014 and during that procedure a tumour on his large intestine was discovered. He underwent surgery to have it removed but it was recommended his brothers get checked.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
20
Sep
2016
Upon relocating to Queensland from New South Wales in October 2015, I registered with a GP in my local area, primarily to be able to get prescription renewals for blood pressure medication I was taking.

At the initial consultation my GP took a family history. After noting that my Grandmother on my mother's side had died from bowel cancer at the age of 53, my doctor suggested that I should have a colonoscopy as part of my health management plan.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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!
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