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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.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
13
Mar
2017

I was feeling fine, but there was quite a bit of blood appearing in my stool - I just put it down to haemorrhoids.

My partner kept telling me to see the doctor, but of course, I did the male thing and ignored her pleas.

After experiencing a bowel motion consisting only of blood, I finally went to the GP.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
13
Mar
2017

I was admitted to hospital with heart problems in late December 2011 and needed to have 3 stents inserted. I was admitted again in February 2012, because of more problems.

Two months later, while visiting my doctor, I discussed having reflux problems. He suggested I see a gastro to find out what the problem was and a way to treat it.
 
My grandfather died of bowel cancer and so my daughter Sarah and my daughter-in-law Rachel, who are both nurses, would often nag me about getting checked.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
13
Mar
2017
It was September when I visited my GP. I was experiencing a low mood and significant fatigue. A blood test showed my iron to be at a count of 6 so I was promptly booked in for an iron infusion.

My iron deficiency was attributed to me being a woman (menstruation), a mother (having lost blood during delivery and breastfeeding) and a vegetarian (19 years without ever having low iron).

With inconsistent blood results and an iron level which dropped again after the infusion proved none of these to be the cause of my issues.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
25
Jan
2017

In March 2017, at 41 years of age, I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer.

My symptoms were off and on. Tiredness, bowel changes, stomach cramps. I cut out foods and drinks that made me feel sick and experienced unexplained fevers. I knew something wasn’t quite right, but tests didn’t show anything. I’d had enough and demanded some answers. I told my doctor I wasn’t letting up until I knew what was wrong....I requested a colonoscopy, stool test and inflammatory marker blood test (CRP) to name a few.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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