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17
Jun
2010

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007 at the age of 50.

I had been noticing changes in my bowel habits for some time but it wasn’t until my abdomen was severely distended and I lost the use of my bowels that I was admitted to hospital.

I was on holiday in Port Douglas at the time, so I was taken to Mossman Hospital.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
09
Jun
2010

When I was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer in 2006, I was 45 years old.

I am a wife and a mother of three (now 23, 20 & 16 years old) and an office manager. 

I had no family history of bowel cancer and I led a healthy lifestyle before my diagnosis, although I was told further along the process that I carry the HNPCC gene, which is a strong indicator of the disease. 

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
09
Jun
2010

I’d had rectal bleeding and unusual bowel habits for six to eight weeks before going to see my GP in 2008. I was 60 at the time. My GP gave me an internal examination but found nothing. Nonetheless, he was insistent that I see a specialist and made the call while I sat in his surgery, getting me an appointment for the very next day. 

I had a colonoscopy within the week and was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer.  I had a CT scan the next day, then an ultrasound for tumour staging.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
09
Jun
2010

Unlike many people, I had severe symptoms for some time before I got my diagnosis. For four weeks during the time of seeing my doctor and being diagnosed I had very bad stomach pains and was completely unable to eat. 

My condition continued to deteriorate all the time – the stomach pain came and went, becoming sharper and more intense as time passed, and I was generally very sick. By the end of this 4 week period, I was unable to walk.
 
During this time I saw four GPs, each of whom had a different opinion about what was wrong with me and even when I was eventually hospitalised the bowel cancer wasn’t picked up.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
09
Jun
2010

Who would have thought that giving blood could lead to a diagnosis of bowel cancer?  I certainly never did.  In early 2009, I went along to my local blood bank to make a donation and was told I was anaemic. 

I saw my GP who is, thankfully, very proactive and sent me for a range of tests to identify the cause of the anaemia.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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