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Personal stories of those affected by bowel cancer

Read the personal stories of New Zealanders living with bowel cancer, and their families and supporters

Young people (under 50)

Karen
I was at the doctors with my daughter, I mentioned I had been suffering from lower abdominal cramps.
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Sarah
I noticed blood intermittently for three weeks before going to the doctor.
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Aaron
Nothing could prepare me for the journey that I’ve taken over the last 18 months.
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Jason
The C Word comes in many forms, but manifests itself most shockingly in real life not on film, music or TV.
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Anita
My story with bowel cancer started when my Nana died from it when I was a young girl.
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Fiona
I went through a drawn-out process and delays including being denied a specialist appointment twice.
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Anaru
I was fortunate that my GP was thorough and followed up on my test results.
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Brad
Brad was a fit and healthy, not quite middle aged, guy.
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Britt
I found out in the middle of December 2017 I have stage 4 bowel cancer.
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Chelsea
Life was trucking along beautifully in August 2015. I’d established my own business.
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Kathy
I was active and health conscious, and I turned to Dr Google when I thought my symptoms were down to food intolerances.
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Jonny
Jonny had always been fit and healthy. He ate well, exercises, and looks after himself.
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Solon
Working in construction and putting in long hours I put a lot of my symptoms down to the nature of my occupation.
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Anna
Anna was fit and healthy and didn’t think she fitted the profile of a bowel cancer patient.
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Jenny
Despite displaying all of the symptoms of bowel cancer, I was put in the box of “young, fit and healthy”.
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Stefan
Stefan was 47 when he was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer.
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Renee
In April 2016 Renee underwent surgery to remove a tumour from her bowel.
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Jewel
Hi my name is Jewel Brown and last year at the age of 30 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Bowel Cancer.
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Suzanne
Kia Ora my name is Suzanne and I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in October 2006 when I was 46.
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Nadine
Diagnosed at 45, Nadine tells her story of the events and decision making which shaped her bowel cancer experience.
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Ian
At just 37 years old, Ian was diagnosed with bowel cancer having been symptomatic for 12 months before being diagnosed.
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Bart
Bart’s is an encouraging story of the benefits of acting on the first signs of bowel cancer.
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Age 50+

Patrick
Patrick Loloma Afeaki, was diagnosed early, after his family encouraged him to have a colonoscopy.
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Alan
Having made it past 60 relatively unscathed I had no real concerns with my health...
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John
John had turned 67, retired and was happily setting up a small part time financial advisory service.
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Nell
I experienced some family stress almost 5 years ago so I decided to visit my GP for a check.
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Peter
Peter is 62, living in Taranaki. After recently being diagnosed with Mitochondrial Myopathy (CPEO).
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Ron
67 year old Ron was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 50 and had no symptoms despite a family history.
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Family

Patrick
Patrick Loloma Afeaki, was diagnosed early, after his family encouraged him to have a colonoscopy.
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Karen
I was at the doctors with my daughter, I mentioned I had been suffering from lower abdominal cramps.
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Aaron
Nothing could prepare me for the journey that I’ve taken over the last 18 months.
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Fiona
I went through a drawn-out process and delays including being denied a specialist appointment twice.
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Videos

Anaru
I was fortunate that my GP was thorough and followed up on my test results.
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Brad
Brad was a fit and healthy, not quite middle aged, guy.
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Britt
I found out in the middle of December 2017 I have stage 4 bowel cancer.
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Chelsea
Life was trucking along beautifully in August 2015. I’d established my own business.
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Kathy
I was active and health conscious, and I turned to Dr Google when I thought my symptoms were down to food intolerances.
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Jonny
Jonny had always been fit and healthy. He ate well, exercises, and looks after himself.
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Anna
Anna was fit and healthy and didn’t think she fitted the profile of a bowel cancer patient.
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Jenny
Despite displaying all of the symptoms of bowel cancer, I was put in the box of “young, fit and healthy”.
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Nadine
Diagnosed at 45, Nadine tells her story of the events and decision making which shaped her bowel cancer experience.
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Ron
67 year old Ron was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 50 and had no symptoms despite a family history.
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Ian
At just 37 years old, Ian was diagnosed with bowel cancer having been symptomatic for 12 months before being diagnosed.
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Bart
Bart’s is an encouraging story of the benefits of acting on the first signs of bowel cancer.
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Dr Paddy Bhula
Paddy describes bowel cancer symptoms and urges us to see our GP to discuss such symptoms.
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Health professionals

Dr Paddy Bhula
Paddy describes bowel cancer symptoms and urges us to see our GP to discuss such symptoms.
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