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08
Mar
2016
At 69, healthy and active, I was given an InSure Bowel Cancer Screening Test kit by my GP. Because I had had no symptoms and there hadn’t been any bowel cancer in my family I didn’t think it urgent to complete the test so was shocked when the result returned positive. Like me, my GP thought it was probably a haemorrhoid but suggested I have a colonoscopy. This was completed a few weeks later and I was woken to hear the surgeon say that a tumour had been located in my Sigmoid Colon and would have to be removed.

I told him ‘But we’re going overseas in three weeks.’
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
02
Nov
2015
You might think that a diagnosis of bowel cancer is bad luck. In my case it certainly seemed that way. Just fifty, fit, healthy, a vegetarian and no family history of any cancer, it certainly seemed that bad luck had played a hand in it.

But really, my battle with bowel cancer is story of good luck.

I'm lucky, despite the cancer having advanced to stage 3 by the time of diagnosis, advancements in treatment means I have a 75% chance of surviving this disease.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
27
Jul
2015
I was diagnosed in October 2014 after seeing my GP about a change in my bowel movements.

Initially I asked for a stool test kit, however my GP wanted me to have a more thorough assessment and referred me to have a colonoscopy, which was organised for the following Wednesday.

When I awoke up from my colonoscopy the doctor told me he needed to speak with me but wanted to wait until I was more awake. I told him I was feeling wide awake so to hit me with the news. That was when I discovered a tumour in my bowel had been found and the specialist believed it was cancerous.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
27
Jul
2015
I had been to a GP several times in 2012 and each time I was told I had gastro. I had been to another GP several years earlier with suspected bleeding and was told I had haemorrhoids. I began getting sicker more regularly and for longer each time. I went to another doctor with the sole purpose of getting a referral - he was at a medical centre opened in the evening so it was convenient while juggling family and work. This new GP was very thorough and tested for a couple of things before referring me to a gastroenterologist. I saw the gastroenterologist a week later and had a colonoscopy the week after that on the 19th April. The bowel prep made me sicker than I've ever been - it wasn't flushing me out, I was vomiting bile all night.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
16
Jul
2015
A busy mother of four and a professional working within in a very public leadership role, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at just 43 years of age.
 
Like many people, I thought bowel cancer was an older person's disease and despite a family history of it, didn't think I needed to worry about it just yet.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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