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.