From The Beginning

So, how did I come to have incurable bowel 944572_10151801791961639_1914936637_n.jpgcancer at 35 years of age you might be asking….Well, I have been asking myself that exact question since being diagnosed four days ago.To give you the background story I will start from when I first had bowel problems. About 5 months ago (August 2016) I visited my local doctor with pain in the left side of my abdomen. After numerous questions regarding diet and an examination, the pain was attributed to severe constipation. I was placed on a modified diet of low fibre foods and Metamucil which seemed to fix the issue. Little did I know that at this stage the cancer had already taken up residence in my large bowel. The doctor did not assume that I had cancer as I didn’t present the normal symptoms such as diarrhea or blood in my stool and I was only 35 years of age.

So life went on as normal, I was working full time, studying part time for my Bachelors Degree, volunteered with the local Country Fire Authority (CFA) and had just bought a house with my partner of six years. As the end of the year drew near I started to experience an increase in tiredness which saw my University grades slip and my volunteer participation become minimal. I assumed this tiredness was just from taking on too much, but as it turns out, this too was related to my cancer.

It all came to a head starting on the 30th December 2016 when I started to get chills, aching bones and joints and headaches. I though I may have come down with the flu or a bad cold. I persevered until the 4th of January 2017 by which stage I also had a fever, uncontrollable shaking and was vomiting. I finally went to the doctors who sent me straight to the emergency department of the closest main hospital (40 minutes from where I live). I spent a night in the emergency ward hooked up to drips and monitoring equipment as they tried to find out what was wrong with me.

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Many of my symptoms pointed to atypical pneumonia which the doctors thought I had contracted from sweeping dried bird droppings. However I was severely anaemic which was not a normal symptom of pneumonia. So after many tests, scans, biopsies, questions and eight days in hospital, I was finally diagnosed with incurable Stage IV bowel cancer.

Just between you and me…..I think I prefer the first diagnoses!!

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