Tagged: #Under 50

20
Oct
2010
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007. Ironically, I had just given up smoking and was trying to get fit. I was even riding my bike to work for exercise but I was feeling more and more tired. That’s when I knew something was wrong.
 
Three months prior to my diagnosis, I had been experiencing stomach pains and eventually I ended up in the emergency department of hospital. The doctors there thought I had Crohn’s disease and arranged for me to have a CT scan. That’s when they discovered the tumour. It was Stage 3 with some lymph node involvement but luckily it hadn’t spread to any other organs. Two weeks later I had a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy followed by chemotherapy three weeks later.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
22
Sep
2010

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 had a sigmoidoscopy on my doctor’s orders on 19 April 2010 and they found a growth which they biopsied.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
20
Jul
2010

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer (T4 N1 M0) on the 3rd June, 2010.

I went to my GP after I noticed bright red blood on the toilet paper and was booked in for a colonoscopy four days later, which is when they found the tumour.  Within 10 days of my diagnosis I had blood tests, a CT scan and two MRIs.  I saw two gastroenterologists, three colorectal surgeons and four oncologists. I researched hospitals, services and care teams. 
 
My gastroenterologists told me I had a tumour that looked cancerous as I woke up from the colonoscopy. 
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
09
Jun
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. 

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
09
Jun
2010

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. 

My condition continued to deteriorate all the time – the stomach pain came and went, becoming sharper and more intense as time passed, and I was generally very sick. By the end of this 4 week period, I was unable to walk.
 
During this time I saw four GPs, each of whom had a different opinion about what was wrong with me and even when I was eventually hospitalised the bowel cancer wasn’t picked up.
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