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So far Rebekah Heal has created 42 blog entries.

Jenny’s Story

Age at diagnosis: 26 Symptoms:  Anaemic, blood within the stools, unexplained weight loss, low energy, severe GI discomfort, pain, and alternating diarrhoea and constipation Duration of symptoms:  16 months Diagnosis:  Stage 3 Dukes C1 colon cancer in descending colon with lymph node involvement Treatments:  Sub-total colectomy, Folfox intravenous chemotherapy and Capecitabine oral chemotherapy. My Story: Despite [...]

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

Anna’s Story

Age at diagnosis: 32 Symptoms: Fatigue, low iron, change in bowel movements, severe stomach cramps Duration of symptoms: 2 years Diagnosis: Stage 2 bowel cancer Treatments: Total colectomy and ileorectal anastomosis (no bag) + 8 rounds chemotherapy (oral capecitabine). My story: I was fit and healthy and didn’t fit the profile of a bowel cancer patient, with no family history. I [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:47+00:00May 10th, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Anna’s Story

Solon’s Story

Age at diagnosis: 41 Symptoms: Occasional blood in stool, bouts of diarrhoea, fatigue, fever and nausea Duration of symptoms: 12 months Diagnosis: Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer (Liver metastases) Treatments: Pre-operative chemotherapy and radiotherapy running concurrently, Open Ultra-low Anterior Re-section to remove tumour and involved lymph nodes. Post-surgery: Ileostomy bag for 7 months. Second surgery: close loop, ileostomy reversal. My [...]

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Jonny’s Story

Age at diagnosis: 34 Symptoms: Stomach cramps, fatigue, diarrhoea and anaemia Duration of symptoms: 3 months  Diagnosis: Stage 3 Colon Cancer Treatments: 2/3rds of large intestine removed and 6 months of chemotherapy. My Story: I had stomach cramps.  A mate at work had just had stomach cramps and been to the doctor, they lasted a couple of weeks and he [...]

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Sarah’s Story

Age at diagnosis: 38 Symptoms: Tiredness, unpredictable bowel habit, frequent diarrhoea, put down to food allergies or irritable bowel Duration of symptoms: 2 years Diagnosis: Stage 3 upper rectal cancer Treatments: Chemoradiotherapy, excisional surgery followed by Folfox chemotherapy. My story: I noticed blood intermittently for three weeks before going to the doctor. After diagnosis, I learnt about the symptoms of [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:48+00:00May 10th, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Sarah’s Story

Kathy’s Story

Age at diagnosis: 36 Symptoms: Irritable bowel / food intolerance type symptoms, very changeable bowel motions, bloating and general not ‘feeling right’, some intermittent blood in stools Duration of symptoms: Several years Diagnosis: Stage 3 Rectal Cancer Treatments: 6 weeks chemotherapy and radiotherapy, surgery: tumour removal and ileostomy placed, then ileostomy reversal, chemotherapy, hernia repair surgery a year after [...]

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Brad’s Story

Age at diagnosis: 36 Symptoms: Change in bowel movements, minor blood spotting Duration of symptoms: Two months Diagnosis: Stage 3 colon cancer Treatments: Resection of upper rectum and sigmoid colon. 12 rounds of Folfox chemotherapy. My story:  I was a fit and healthy, not quite middle aged, guy. I probably would have managed to ignore my symptoms in a manly [...]

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John’s Story

N.Z’ers are dying of embarrassment and dying of appalling political neglect.  When I say “dying of embarrassment” I’m talking about people’s reluctance, particularly men, to present their tail ends to their doctor GPs, ignoring tell-tale signs of trouble until they become really pressing. When I say “dying of appalling political neglect”, I’m talking about the [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:50+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on John’s Story

Chelsea’s Story

Age at diagnosis: 39 Symptoms: Intermittent blood in stool Duration of symptoms: 6 weeks Diagnosis: Stage 3 bowel cancer Treatments: Subtotal colectomy with signoid anastomis and 12 cycles of Folfox chemotherapy. My story: I was 39, fit, healthy and bullet- proof. And then I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Because of my health insurance, things moved quickly [...]

By |2019-03-20T07:50:50+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Patient Stories|Comments Off on Chelsea’s Story