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.
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.
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.
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.