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15
Aug
2017

We went through five extremely painful years.

They were especially hard for my strong, brave and beautiful mother.

She was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer and it was very aggressive.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
15
Aug
2017

I was 34 when I was diagnosed with Stage IV bowel cancer.

I had been experiencing some abdominal bloating for only a week or so, and went to see my GP.

As I had been travelling I was prescribed antibiotics to rule out an infection, but after a week I still had symptoms.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
29
May
2017
In January 1994, I lost my Mum to cancer.

She was only 58 years old.

I was 33 years old and a single mum, to a 4 year old daughter.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
26
Apr
2017
My husband had participated in FOBT screening and had three prior negative tests over 5 years.
 
His symptoms of bleeding and incomplete bowel evacuation only happened prior to his diagnosis.
 
Our GP thought it was most likely haemorrhoids but referred him to a colorectal surgeon.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
20
Apr
2017
Ever since a parting gift of a Giardia parasite from a family holiday in Thailand, I’d grown used to the occasional sight of blood and mucous in my stools, finding it more annoying than alarming. My naturopath thought I’d probably picked up another parasite, which made sense as a stool test around 12 months prior had returned normal. What else could it be, after all I was only 42.
 
Just to be on the safe side, my GP referred me to a gastroenterologist for a gastroscopy and colonoscopy. I left the recovery room, the gastroenterologist’s words still fresh in my ears, ‘You’re one lucky woman. I removed a polyp from your bowel (rectum) but it all looks fine.’ Five days later came the unexpected phone call – the histopathology showed the polyp was far from fine, with cells outside the polyp’s margins indicating that the cancer had spread. How far he couldn’t say.
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