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A very warm congratulations to the 'Bum Runners'!
Inspired by team member Emma's personal bowel cancer journey, the team raised over $13,250 through the Melbourne Marathon, and looked fabulous in their Bum Shorts!
"Since being diagnosed with bowel cancer in April 2012 at the age of 30, I've been exposed to the devastating effects cancer has on those diagnosed and their families.In just one short year, I've experienced people my own age passing away from this disease, the very disease I'm currently fighting.

It’s not so long ago I went to the GP and told her about a few concerns I had and the symptoms that I was experiencing, which my GP considered not to be a big deal. The GP thought it was possibly haemorrhoids.

I decided that I could allow myself to be more relieved, seeing as I had expressed my concerns but the GP had predominantly dismissed it being anything serious…. after all.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories

I used to think cancer was the worst thing that had ever happened to me until it became the best thing. This might sound crazy but it is true.

I am a wife and mother to a now 6 year old son. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May 2011 at the age of 41. I had been suffering from exhaustion, stomach pain and unusual bowel habits for three or four months and finally saw my GP when the pain started getting much worse.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
What started out as a personal challenge for Fiona and Mark, grew to be so much more when their young friend was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer.
"The response was incredible!! We were overwhelmed by the quickness of people to generously donate - purely because we were running a long way and the disease had touched a friend of ours we could all relate to - young, full of life and lots of life ahead of her.
Our friend was absolutely blown away by this generosity and our prayer is not only for her to beat her battle and find complete healing, but for Bowel Cancer Australia to be able to promote more awareness regarding symptoms and diagnosis, and for cure rates to increase with new advances."
Thanks Fiona and Mark, so do we :)

It’s hard not having control and not knowing what is happening.

I first went to my GP in Nov 2011 after a government bowel screen test sent back a positive result for blood in the stools. My GP recommended a colonoscopy, which I had in late February 2012. I was shocked to find out I had rectal cancer. There was no indication and no family history of bowel cancer either.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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