Tagged: #Under 50

25
Jan
2017

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in late 2014, at the age of 37.  I had experienced mid-day fatigue the year prior, which I attributed to job dissatisfaction. I also had the occasional feeling of nausea and random severe stomach pains, which I thought was a dairy intolerance.

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22
Sep
2016
As a 48 year old busy mum of four running a business, I'm afraid my health was not always my first priority.

I’d experienced some symptoms which I’d discussed with my doctor such as abdominal discomfort and low iron levels. However as I had pre-existing medical conditions, these symptoms were attributed to them and with no family history of bowel cancer, no alarm bells sounded.
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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.
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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.
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08
Aug
2016
Hi, my name is Jake and I am 19 years old and currently living in Adelaide, South Australia. Back in November 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. During this time in my life, I was currently sitting my year 12 final exams and I was planning my future about what I was going to study at university and how I expected my life to progress over the next couple of years.

I had been having some pain in my bowel for approximately 2-3 months but didn't really think much of it. I then started passing blood, it was at this point I went to see my GP and he ran a few tests and he couldn't make heads or tails of it. The last thing on his mind was cancer. After running a few more tests he said I should go and see a gastroenterologist to do some further testing to just make sure he hadn't missed anything. After meeting this doctor, he wasn't convinced that I had cancer but decided to go ahead and book in a colonoscopy (this is when the downward spiral starts). After having the colonoscopy and anxiously waiting in one of the rooms for the results, the doctor walks in, closes the door and wipes a tear from his eye. This is when I knew the result wasn't good. He explained to me that I had a tumour approximately 1 inch into my bowel and he wasn't sure if they were able to operate due to how low the tumour was.
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