Inspired by friends who were training for a marathon and wanting to fulfil a long-held ambition, Jess and her husband Dean signed up for the Sydney Blackmores Half Marathon in support of Bowel Cancer Australia.
This year has been a challenge, nearly 12 months ago, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was honestly the scariest moment of my life, I was told that if I didn't do something straight away, I would not live to see Xmas 2018.
Hello, my name is Camille and I’m a 41-year-old mother of four from South Australia. In July last year I was diagnosed with colon (bowel) cancer after multiple visits to the ED department.
I noticed some blood clots on the toilet tissue. The GP checked for haemorrhoids but found none so asked for blood and faecal tests. They came back normal. We thought it was Irritable Bowel Syndrome and I began to change my diet to see if that would help. At the same time, she asked me to have a colonoscopy, just to be on the safe side, saying we had to find out what's going on. She didn't pressure me to have it, but my husband did. I procrastinated for a week debating whether this was really necessary.
At 21 years old, I first noticed blood in my stools and sought advice from two different GP’s. They both assured me it was from internal haemorrhoids. At 25 years old, with a one-year-old baby boy, I had significant bleeding and other symptoms I could no longer ignore and demanded that my GP refer me to a gastroenterologist.
I was 38 years old when I was diagnosed with stage 3B bowel cancer. I started losing my hair, so I went to the doctor to check if everything was ok. I was extremely iron deficient, so the doctor suggested I start taking iron tablets. The doctor also suggested I increase my red meat intake, which I did to 3 times per week.
Over the last 15 months I have learned many life lessons during this chapter of my life. Most of all, I have learned to put my health first and not to procrastinate because it may be embarrassing or require change. Just because it’s your normal, doesn’t mean it is normal. If you don’t feel right, it never hurts to have a conversation.
I was diagnosed at 36 in 2012 with a 10cm tumor in my rectum. Unbelievably, there was NO pain or discomfort and no visible bleeding.
Bowel Cancer Australia is calling on Federal, State and Territory governments to increase funding for colonoscopies to reduce wait-times to 30 days and minimise patient distress and anxiety.
The call comes in the wake of independently analysed interim-results of Bowel Cancer Australia’s My Colonoscopy Experience, to mark the 2019 Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late campaign.
More than 1,400 Australians participated in the national survey – the first of its kind – addressing the patient experience before, during and after a colonoscopy procedure.
My name is Kerry, diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer in Sept 2018 aged 53.