Tagged: #Under 50

03
May
2016
My whole world changed. It all began the day before commencing a set of nights in August 2015. I went to the toilet as usual and passed what I thought was a bowel motion which in fact turned out to be bright red blood. That was the turning point. I knew I needed to see a GP. This occurred on a Friday and so I booked an appointment to see a GP on the Monday morning straight after finishing my night shift. I felt like an idiot. "I’m perfectly well" I was said to myself, "I’m making this all up, the doctor is going to think I'm an idiot’. I did attend my appointment, definitely not my normal chirpy self, I couldn’t think clearly and the words just didn’t come out as smoothly as they usually did. I was tired, it had been a hard couple of night shifts in emergency. Maybe this was my problem, I was unhappy in my relationship, I was stressed about the wellbeing of my parents, work was tough and I lacked confidence in myself. Maybe these factors were contributing to my change in bowel habit? Hopefully.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
22
Mar
2016
At 25, you certainly never expect to be told you have bowel cancer.

I was admitted to hospital in early February 2014 for suspected appendicitis, as I had sharp stomach pains and was generally unwell. Blood tests and ultrasounds were carried out but nothing seemed to be wrong.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
22
Mar
2016

A little about my situation

End of August, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic bowel cancer. It spread to my liver and some lymph nodes near my pancreas. I went into hospital with gall stone issues.... came out with cancer and I still have my bloody gall bladder.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
21
Mar
2016
It took more than three months for doctors to diagnose my bowel cancer after several check-ups for health complaints relating to my tummy and bowel. I am now battling an aggressive cancer that has spread to my liver and lung. I just wish this had been caught earlier...
 
In Sep 2014, I had my usual health check and all seemed well. The only issue I had was a cough which I could not shake. I also noticed a pulling sensation on the left side of my tummy. I was prescribed an asthma puffer and a course of steroids for my cough. By October, my cough had gone but the pulling sensation in my tummy remained. Then my bowel habits started to change.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
21
Mar
2016
“I have three great kids age five, nine and 13, and my misses who I need to stick around for. At this point, I’ll do anything it takes to make sure I get to see them grow up, make sure the mortgage gets paid, and that they are ok.”
 
Despite visiting four different GPs over a seven month period, it may very well have been my partner who saved my life.

Every time I saw a GP my symptoms were put down to constipation. I was given different medications to try but nothing worked.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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