"I was told that I would be hit with every treatment possible as soon as possible given my age and relative good health. The aim was to shrink the cancer down to a point that I would then be able to have surgery." Click here to read Alexandra's full story.
"My name is Barbara and I was first diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2015, three days after I turned 60. I am the youngest of six children, mum and dad lived till 85 and 91 respectively and there is no record of any cancer in my family history." Click here to read Barbara's full story.
"When my father told me 15-20 years ago that he’d had a colonoscopy and had a few polyps removed, I didn’t give it a second thought. I thought, ‘standard stuff’ for a man his age. If I knew then what I know now, I would have gone and asked for colonoscopy at a much younger age". Click here to read Christina's full story.
“The day before my son's first birthday I went in for my colonoscopy (fully thinking that it would be a tear in my bowel as that is what a couple of the specialists had said). But I awoke to the doctor telling me that I had Stage 3 bowel cancer, I couldn't believe it, I was 27 years old.” Click here to read Erin's full story.
"My world got turned upside down last year when I was diagnosed with Stage IV bowel cancer. The technical terms on top of my forms, Stage IV Metastatic Colorectal Cancer – that is cancer that has spread to other organs. Goodness I went into hospital with gallstone pain…. And came out with cancer." Click here to read Gemma's full story.
"During treatment I felt isolated. I felt weak. I felt alone. I felt nauseous from the treatment. I felt tired. But I also felt determined, courageous and committed to never give up and do anything I could to beat it." Click here to read Hollie's full story.
"My name is Jaime and I am a 36 year old mother of three children (Leonard, 3, Cecilia, 4 and Maisie, 6) from Perth. In May 2014, four days after the birth of my third child, I was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer that had spread to my liver and my lungs. I have been having treatment, on and off, since that time and I live a fulfilling and happy life with advanced cancer!" Click here to read Jaime's full story.
"My name is Kathy, I’m 56, married, no kids and live in Pinjarra W.A. I began my journey in 2014 and my symptoms started with bleeding from the bottom. I did all the tests from my GP and then a colonoscopy which confirmed the tumour in my colon." Click here to read Kathy's full story.
"What do people with bowel cancer look like? Surely, they must feel sick even if they don't look sick? Not always and certainly not in my case." Click here to read Kylie's full story.
"Sadly, since being diagnosed at age 27 with Stage 3C bowel cancer I have learnt that a number of other young women have had very similar experiences with their own health care professional." Click here to read Lauren's full story.
"I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. I had radiation, followed by chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumour, an ileostomy, and 10 more procedures over the next four years due to complications from radiation/perforated bowel." Click here to read Lesley's full story.
"In March 2015, at age 47, I discovered a huge lump on the right side of my abdomen. I left it for a while as I thought it would go away. After a week I thought I had better go to my GP." Click here to read Linda's full story
"Colonoscopy procedure performed which showed an 8cm rectal mass from the anal verge in the Sigmoid Colon. CT scan & MRI one week later." Click here to read Linda's full story
"Being told at 22 that you have cancer is something you think would never happen to you. I still remember the exact spot I was sitting when I got the phone call of my biopsy results." Click here to read Lizzy's full story.
"I was 33 when I was diagnosed with stage 3 sigmoid bowel cancer. I didn’t know anything about bowel cancer before my diagnosis, nor did I think my digestive problems could be because of it." Click here to read Loretta's full story.
"I'm Mallory. I was diagnosed one year ago with stage three colon cancer. Prior to diagnosis I was experiencing anaemia, blood in stools, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fatigue." Click here to read Mallory's full story.
"It's been almost 12 months since I finished my treatment and I have had my follow up scans and colonoscopy/gastroscopy and everything has come back clear which is a huge relief. In the back of my mind it is a fear that it may return but as long as the scans keep coming back clear and keep on top of my regular check-ups then I am positive I can move forward living a healthy and cancer free life." Click here to read Marisa's full story.
"I was 32 when I was finally diagnosed with bowel cancer. I say finally as I had been going to the GPs for just over a year with issues." Click here to read Marita's full story.
"I had just turned 50 and was planning on having a colonoscopy at 50, when my father was diagnosed with a small but nasty bowel cancer at age 76. Prior to him, there was no bowel cancer in the family." Click here to read Maureen's full story.
"I was 37 when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2015. My mum had bowel cancer at 57. I recall telling her off because she had bleeding for quite a while. She thought it was a haemorrhoid, but finally went in to have it checked after at least a year or two of symptoms. I also had bleeding." Click here to read Megan's full story.
"I was 33 years old and learnt very quickly that in the blink of an eye your life can change. Your goals, dreams, and priorities are all forced to take different turns." Click here to read Melissa's full story.
"The doctor started with "they found cancer cells in the biopsy". He saw the look on my face. What did you say?! He looked me in the eye and said "Don't worry we were shocked too. We double tested your sample. It's definitely you - I'm sorry!" " Click here to read Neva's full story.
"After the colonoscopy, the doctor who carried out the procedure told me he was unable to complete the scope as he had found a large tumour and couldn’t get the scope past that point. I was told I was bordering on a bowel obstruction." Click here to read Sandra's full story.
"I distinctly recall his shaking hands as he explained each photo of a 7cm malignant tumour located in my sigmoid colon. ‘I’m sorry Sarah, we’re confident it’s bowel cancer’. ‘You’re so young’ he kept saying. ‘We did not expect this’. Phrases I’ve heard numerous times since." Click here to read Sarah's full story.
"I was told I had cancer - a huge shock given my age, relative health and no family history." Click here to read Sarah S' full story.
"I was living in Victoria in 2016 / 2017 and although I experienced pain on a weekly basis, I ignored it and tried to eat gluten free and hoped eventually the symptoms would get better and I could feel at ease, but it never did." Click here to read Tabatha's full story
"Hi, my name’s Tamara and two and a half years ago I was diagnosed with bowel cancer – I was 40." Click here to read Tamara's full story.
"Thursday 27th July, I awoke from my colonoscopy, the doctor walked into the recovery room and made a beeline to my bed. "I'm sorry I wish I had better news," he said, "I've found a tumour, you need to come see me tomorrow". I can't remember anything anyone said to me after that, I just broke down crying." Click here to read Tanya's full story
"The doctor told us to sit down and he turned to Kelly and said “you have a serious problem”, Kelly and I looked at him and said, “What is it”. He said you have a 6cm tumour in your lower rectum. I turned to him and said is it cancerous and he replied yes. He said “Kelly you have bowel cancer." Click here to read Tracy's story about her daughter Kelly.
"I am a 57 year old and I guess my diagnosis of bowel cancer did not come as a real shock. At 21 (1982) I was diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and subsequently had a sub-total colectomy." Click here to read Wendy's full story.