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Family & Relationships Doctors diagnosed me with IBS — but it was stage 4 bowel cancer

10:53  18 december  2017
10:53  18 december  2017 Source:   prima.co.uk

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Doctors diagnosed me with IBS — but it was stage 4 bowel cancer © Deborah James Doctors diagnosed me with IBS — but it was stage 4 bowel cancer Changes in bowel habits are common, and most often we can put them down to too much wine, eating the wrong foods, starting a new job or, at worst, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But for 35-year-old mum-of-two Deborah James they were a sign of something more serious – bowel cancer.

'Six months prior to my diagnosis, I was passing blood in my stools and going to the toilet up to eight times a day. I went to my GPs and they told me it was probably IBS,' says Deborah.

Despite five more GP visits and constant reassurances that it was IBS – even blood tests and a stool sample came back 'normal' – Deborah was losing weight and feeling shattered as her symptoms continued.

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'I had a nagging feeling that something wasn't quite right. I decided to take myself to see a private specialist, where I had a colonoscopy and saw a 6.5cm tumour that was bleeding,' she says.

  Doctors diagnosed me with IBS — but it was stage 4 bowel cancer © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK)

Life-changing diagnosis

Last year, one week before Christmas, Deborah was told she had stage 4 bowel cancer that had spread to her lungs.

'I was blindsided by finding out. Your world just falls apart when somebody tells you that you have cancer. It's very hard to come to terms with what that means,' she says. 

Deborah has undergone three major operations and 16 rounds of chemotherapy in the past year.

'I have at least another two operations to come to get rid of more tumours in my lungs and I'm still undertaking chemo,' she says. 'It's been a tough journey and still is, but my approach has been to be incredibly open about it.'

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Hi my name is Jewel Brown and last year at the age of 30 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Bowel Cancer . Looking back I had had symptoms of diarrhoea and cramps for about 6-7 years with stomach cramps that were unbearable at times. My doctors diagnosed me with IBS and I was prescribed

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Op done! In ICU recovering but still managing to cheekily take the odd picture! There is a fab team of wonderful nurses and doctors helping me through my worry (and pain!). Thank you so much for your kind messages of support - much appreciated. fentanyl #awaywiththefairies #bowelcancer #lungmets

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Breaking the poo taboo

Deborah says that she was initially embarrassed about going to speak to her GP about her bowel habits.

'I would say that I skirted around my symptoms a little bit too much and actually people need to get to the point where they can talk openly about poo,' she says. 'Now, I publicly speak about it and I'm very comfortable with that. But I'm only recognising that it will save lives by doing so.'

Deborah is warning others not to dismiss their symptoms when they've got a gut feeling that something's wrong.

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Zepeda was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer , one month from her first appointment with Dr Korman. 'Now I realize how lucky I am that she went that step, [to ordering a colonoscopy], because otherwise she could've just kicked the ball down the road and diagnosed me with IBS like everybody

Source: Bowel Cancer UK. And so I took myself to the doctors again And then my world fell apart and I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer . People ask me if I'm annoyed at my GPs for not referring me faster.

'If you're concerned about anything, even if it's niggling you, it's your body, so be persistent with getting yourself checked. It's much better to break the taboo and go and talk about poo than it is to worry,' says Deborah.

Positive journey

Despite the prognosis – fewer than one in 10 people survive for more than five years – Deborah is determined to live life to the full. She's filling her time going to festivals, wine tasting with friends and generally doing all she can to change how people living with cancer are viewed.

'I've chosen to make it as much of a positive journey as I can. I recognise the importance of things that I never understood to be before,' she says.

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Deborah has spoken openly and honestly about her diagnosis with her children Hugo, nine, and Eloise, seven.

'They're really supportive and they actually get to see more of me now as I've gone from being a full-time working mum to having a bit more flexibility over what I'm doing,' says Deborah.

Never too young

A self-confessed health freak, Deborah is proof that cancer can happen to anybody, regardless of their age or lifestyle.

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I was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer November 2016 required surgery and bowel resection. Now the doctors said that there is a growth in ovary which they are not sure whether it is cancerous or fibroids.

Bowel cancer . It was so out of the blue, we thought he had IBS and to be told you have stage IV pancreatic cancer and six months left cannot be described in more words then devastating.

Every year, 2,500 younger people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. According to Willie Hamilton, Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics at the University of Exeter Medical School and medical advisor for Bowel Cancer UK, only one in five patients under the age of 50 are diagnosed at the earliest stages, when survival rates are much higher.

'Many younger people are not aware that they may be at risk,' he says. 'Even when they're aware of the symptoms, they don't recognise them as serious. This can lead to delays in going to see the GP.'

Symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habit lasting for three weeks
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy.

If you have any concerns or if things just don't feel right, go and see your GP.

Follow Deborah's story on Twitter or Instagram. She has her own blog called Bowel Babe.

Deborah James is supporting Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to accelerate ground breaking cancer research and save more lives, more quickly. Deborah is a contributor to Don't Buy Her Flowers' Stand Up To Cancer Care Package, which contains bespoke gifts to help cancer patients and their carers when they need it most.

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