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10
Nov
2011

In August 2010 my life changed forever.  Nothing can prepare you for a bowel cancer diagnosis at just 38 years old.

I had been given what I thought was a routine colonoscopy to investigate the cause of my iron deficiency, which my doctor thought was probably due to an ulcer. But as I lay in bed in the recovery room after being told they had found a tumour, I remember thinking: ‘I’m too young.  I have a husband and two young boys.  This can’t be happening to me’.  

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
07
Nov
2011

I was 28 when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2011.

I’d had rectal bleeding, changed bowel habits and stomach pain for a while but had put off investigating the symptoms – I was living in China at the time so I figured it was either an intestinal infection that I couldn't seem to shake or a reaction to something I’d eaten. 

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
19
Sep
2011

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May 2011 after experiencing changes to my bowel habits over approximately 2 months, which was followed by abdominal pain.  This led me to my GP who thought the stomach upsets were nothing serious so prescribed a reflux medication and sent me on my way. 

I soon returned to my GP after experiencing rectal bleeding, when he then referred me for a faecal occult blood test immediately. 

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
18
Aug
2011

In April 2010, I suffered a huge amount of bleeding when I went to the toilet.  I had no warning signs – it just happened out of the blue.  It was so bad that I went straight to the emergency ward at the hospital.  I think they thought it was just haemorrhoids so I was given a DRE (digital rectal examination) and the doctor took some blood and sent me home. 

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
22
May
2011
Motivated by his Mum's battle with bowel cancer, ultra event enthusiast Ben decided to complete the 100km ultra marathon through Victoria's the Great Ocean Road region in support of BCA.
 
An extremely challenging event, Ben not only managed to more than double his fundraising target; he also did an absolutely stellar job in the race. Finishing in 9th place! "Mum was almost in tears when I told her how everyone had swung behind the charity. You have all made her a very happy lady."
 
Big thanks Ben and well done!
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