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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
25
Jan
2017

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in late 2014, at the age of 37.  I had experienced mid-day fatigue the year prior, which I attributed to job dissatisfaction. I also had the occasional feeling of nausea and random severe stomach pains, which I thought was a dairy intolerance.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
14
Jun
2016
This horrible process was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with and it is scary at best. But a good sense of humour and being able to have a good laugh can do a lot for your spirit when you are feeling lousy. Support from family, friends, my employer and playing golf also helped me through.

In December 2014, I started to experience severe lower abdominal pain but for a long period I simply ignored it (I thought it would be fine if I just took a couple of Panadol). Later that month I saw my GP who suggested blood and stool tests. These came back showing I had an infection which was treated with antibiotics. The pain subsided but I felt there was still something wrong and I was incredibly bloated.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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