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So far Rebekah Heal has created 42 blog entries.

Patrick Loloma Afeaki’s story

Patrick Loloma Afeaki, was diagnosed early, after his family encouraged him to have a colonoscopy. It was August 2018 and he was 66. Surgery removed Patrick's cancer and he had three to four months of chemotherapy as a precaution. Six years ago his daughter Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau didn't know anything about bowel cancer. Then it [...]

By |2019-08-06T05:07:39+00:00July 31st, 2019|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Patrick Loloma Afeaki’s story

Alan’s Story

Having made it past 60 relatively unscathed I had no real concerns with my health other than I knew I had high cholesterol and that was managed with a daily pill which I had taken for the past 15+ years.  I knew my father’s family had a history of heart disease but never really [...]

By |2019-06-20T09:21:48+00:00November 21st, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Alan’s Story

Aaron’s Story

Nothing could prepare me for the journey that I’ve taken over the last 18 months. A fit, healthy and active person, I never had sick days and never went to the doctor. As the saying goes, you never think it will happen to you, and another saying that has stuck with me is ‘at least [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:46+00:00November 20th, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Aaron’s Story

Jason’s Story

The C Word comes in many forms, but manifests itself most shockingly in real life not on film, music or TV.  Aged 45 with 2 young kids and running 15km a week I never thought I was a candidate. But bubbles burst and this one blew big time. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:47+00:00November 20th, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Jason’s Story

Update on National Bowel Screening Programme September 2018

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board will join the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) this month, bringing to seven the number of DHBs now offering free bowel screening to eligible 60 to 74 year-olds. Health Minister Dr David Clark this week opened the DHB’s new state-of-the-art gastroenterology and endoscopy unit. The $13.1 million Ruakopito building will [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:47+00:00September 28th, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on Update on National Bowel Screening Programme September 2018

Anita’s Story

My name is Anita, I’m 38 and I have survived cancer twice. My story with bowel cancer started when my Nana died from it when I was a young girl. My Mum was also diagnosed with it when I was 12, thankfully Mum survived and has been cancer free ever since. Due to other history within [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:47+00:00August 8th, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Anita’s Story

Karen’s Story

MY JOURNEY In February 2015 I was at the doctors with my daughter, on the way out, literally half way out the door, I mentioned that I had been suffering from quite (no in reality very severe – think take your breath away) lower abdominal cramps. I had assumed that they were all part of [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:47+00:00August 1st, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Karen’s Story

Nell’s Story

I experienced some family stress almost 5 years ago so I decided to visit my GP for a check. My GP told me I was anaemic so I just told him to give me some iron tablets. His response was to give me a stool test . I had never had problems with my bowels and [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:47+00:00June 28th, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Nell’s Story

Fiona’s Story

Age at diagnosis: 38 Symptoms: Bleeding, anaemia and low B12, change in bowel movements, weight loss, stomach pain Duration of symptoms: 18 months Diagnosis: Stage 4 metastatic bowel cancer Treatments: 28 cycles chemoradiation, colorectal surgery, 8 rounds Capox chemotherapy, ongoing palliative chemotherapy. My story: Because I was in my late 30s, I went through a drawn-out process and delays including being [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:47+00:00May 14th, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Fiona’s Story