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Tell your bowel cancer story

March 6, 2018 - 15:33

If you or someone in your life has been affected by bowel cancer and are interested in sharing your story, consider becoming a media volunteer with the Irish Cancer Society.

Sharing your story can help to raise cancer awareness, inform people about our services, appeal for volunteers, and bring reassurance to cancer patients and their families.

After you express an interest in becoming a media volunteer, we would discuss with you how best to share your story, getting your permission before publishing or broadcasting.

March 24, 2019 - 12:04

Christmas 2017 my husband had what we thought was a stomach bug,for the next 18 months he was backwards and forwards to the Dr's who treated him for IBS as he had all the symptoms of the condition,swollen stomach,intermittent griping pain,rushing to the toilet feeling like he had to go to find it was wind.His general health was good.He availed of the National bowel screening programme which came back clear.He tried changing his diet and avoided foods that aggravated his IBS.We finally got to the point where the pain was so severe that he was sent by our GP to A&E he spent nearly 8 hours being checked over another round of blood tests and told all was ok and it probably was IBS nothing indicated any thing serious was going on,just as a precation they refered him for a Colonoscopy still telling him they were confident it was IBS.On the 4th December he had his procedure and discovered he had a tumour,since then it has been a whirlwind of appointments and more information than we were prepared for.He had surgery in January of this year and all went well,we have met with the Oncologist and he is starting Chemo in April,T4 N2 stage3C was the last news we had.I just wanted to post this to say not all cancer is weight loss and bleeding from the rectum or changed bowel habits,if you have any symptoms go to the Dr's my hubby has been lucky as his turned out to be very aggressive,hopefully the next 6 months won't be too tough for him and me but as i say we are lucky.

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