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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
Even though I was constantly reminded that I only had 40% chance of surviving, I thought those were pretty good odds.
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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
Six years ago Patrick's daughter Rachel didn’t know anything about bowel cancer. Then it struck her family twice.
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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 perspective

Patrick
Six years ago Patrick's daughter Rachel didn’t know anything about bowel cancer. Then it struck her family twice.
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Cody
Dad won't ever get to meet any grandchildren or walk my sister down the aisle.
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Turid
My husband Mike was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer at just 42 years old, on our youngest child’s 6th birthday.
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Richard
My wife Dominique will always be remembered as a loving mother who gave everything of herself.
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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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Prof. Frank Frizelle
Only 10% of bowel cancer is inherited, so the way you live does have an impact.
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Hope

Karen
Even though I was constantly reminded that I only had 40% chance of surviving, I thought those were pretty good odds.
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