Tagged: #Under 50

27
Jul
2015
I was diagnosed in October 2014 after seeing my GP about a change in my bowel movements.

Initially I asked for a stool test kit, however my GP wanted me to have a more thorough assessment and referred me to have a colonoscopy, which was organised for the following Wednesday.

When I awoke up from my colonoscopy the doctor told me he needed to speak with me but wanted to wait until I was more awake. I told him I was feeling wide awake so to hit me with the news. That was when I discovered a tumour in my bowel had been found and the specialist believed it was cancerous.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
27
Jul
2015
I had been to a GP several times in 2012 and each time I was told I had gastro. I had been to another GP several years earlier with suspected bleeding and was told I had haemorrhoids. I began getting sicker more regularly and for longer each time. I went to another doctor with the sole purpose of getting a referral - he was at a medical centre opened in the evening so it was convenient while juggling family and work. This new GP was very thorough and tested for a couple of things before referring me to a gastroenterologist. I saw the gastroenterologist a week later and had a colonoscopy the week after that on the 19th April. The bowel prep made me sicker than I've ever been - it wasn't flushing me out, I was vomiting bile all night.
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
16
Jul
2015
A busy mother of four and a professional working within in a very public leadership role, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at just 43 years of age.
 
Like many people, I thought bowel cancer was an older person's disease and despite a family history of it, didn't think I needed to worry about it just yet.
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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