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20
Oct
2010

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer on 23 June 2010 at the age of 49. 

My symptoms were terrible – severe stomach pain, vomiting and loss of appetite and energy. It took almost three months of feeling horrible before the doctors worked out what was wrong with me, a period that was made worse by the constant back and forth to the GP for appointment after appointment.  After I was simply discharged after my fourth hospital admission in as many weeks – with continuous vomiting that made a saline drip necessary – I was at my wits’ end.
 
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
07
Jul
2010

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 58 years old.

I’d had dull stomach pain and occasional bleeding for several months but it wasn’t until I saw a lot of blood in the toilet that I booked an appointment with my GP.  He sent me for a colonoscopy and I was referred to a surgeon within a week.

I was very shocked when I was told I had cancer, but I tried to remain positive throughout my treatment and I really think that helped me cope.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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
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