Tagged: #Under 50

30
May
2017
Where do I begin?
 
This time last year I was a happy, healthy 34 year old Mum to 3 gorgeous girls (one aged 11 and twins aged 6).
 
Well I thought I was healthy.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
29
May
2017
I had just turned 39 when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer.
 
I remember thinking, ‘This doctor has me mixed up with somebody else. It cannot be me. I don't have a tumour.
 
‘I’m fit. I surf. I run. I don't smoke. I’m not overweight.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
29
May
2017
In January 1994, I lost my Mum to cancer.

She was only 58 years old.

I was 33 years old and a single mum, to a 4 year old daughter.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
26
May
2017
Sometimes the burdens of life mount like a pressure cooker, exploding its lid and bursting with contents. Have I not had enough life lessons? Do I really need more?
 
Apparently yes, and with a little-added resistance. It just goes to show that when you think you know it all—or at least appear to be heading in the right direction—there’s still a blind spot. You can never know what’s in store for you.
Published in Latest News
26
Apr
2017
I was diagnosed in October 2015, at the age of 33. In the space of 2 weeks I had a colonoscopy, then CT and MRI scans, which resulted in a clinical diagnosis of Stage 3 Rectal Cancer, due to some lymph nodes appearing to be ‘involved’ on the scans.

I had been experiencing a variety of symptoms in the months leading up to my diagnosis, but the main one was rectal bleeding. I saw my GP who gave me a referral on the spot to a colorectal surgeon, as well as some advice about dietary changes which could have been the cause.

Unfortunately for me, those symptoms disappeared for a time, before returning and then disappearing, and could always be put down to something else. It wasn’t until the bleeding got worse and wouldn’t go away that I attended on that referral. I also felt tired and noticed that I had lost some weight and a blood test revealed that my iron levels were extremely low.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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