The Bourne Diagnosis – Nicola B & the Big C

I posted this article 2 years ago today and it is still one of my most read… My experience getting diagnosed with colorectal cancer and beyond…

Nicola Bourne

I knew that I had cancer.  I had a strong inner feeling and I knew.  I was experiencing textbook symptoms and had a basic knowledge based on a strong family history – my mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandfather all died from Bowel Cancer at ‘young’ ages.  Even so, getting diagnosed was not as easy as it should have been.

I had been getting rectal bleeding on and off, probably since 2006.  Over the years I had visited various GPs but they always said the same, that I was too young to have  Bowel Cancer, it was probably a small internal cut and if the bleeding went,  there was nothing to worry about.  The bleeding would stop so as far as the GPs were concerned, that was that.  I now know that the bleeding was probably polyps in the colon, which can bleed intermittently and it is these polyps that grow into cancerous…

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Does Cancer Ever End?

If you break your leg, it's annoying but it's cast, it heals, then it's over.  Becomes nothing more than a dinner party story about your teachers not believing you broke your leg playing football at break time and having to hobble about on it in huge amounts of pain all day (my husband, not me). But [...]

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Day 6

Did you know…  Bowel Cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer and the third biggest cancer amongst women. Bowel Cancer is also very treatable if caught early so head to your GP for a referral if you have any of the main symptoms... And remember - DO NOT LET THEM TURN YOU AWAY BECAUSE OF [...]