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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. 

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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!

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.
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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.

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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.

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