I had been seeing bright red blood in my stools for between four and six weeks before I saw a doctor.
Because a similar thing had happened after my children (now four and six years old) were born, the experience wasn’t totally unfamiliar to me. I felt otherwise OK and my energy levels were normal. Nothing felt unusual or different.
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer (T4 N1 M0) on the 3rd June, 2010.
When I was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer in 2006, I was 45 years old.
I am a wife and a mother of three (now 23, 20 & 16 years old) and an office manager.
I had no family history of bowel cancer and I led a healthy lifestyle before my diagnosis, although I was told further along the process that I carry the HNPCC gene, which is a strong indicator of the disease.
Unlike many people, I had severe symptoms for some time before I got my diagnosis. For four weeks during the time of seeing my doctor and being diagnosed I had very bad stomach pains and was completely unable to eat.