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Stephanie says 'I was very scared history would repeat itself and that I may die from bowel cancer and leave you without a Mum.'
Episode 3328th April 2023 • The Bottom Line Podcast • Bowel Cancer Australia
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In a special Mother’s Day episode, 14-year old Angus reverses roles and steps in as guest host to interview his Mum, Stephanie.

Only two when Stephanie was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer, Angus delves into how his Mum’s diagnosis impacted their family. In a frank and honest conversation, Stephanie shares her fear of facing a similar fate to her mother, who died from ovarian cancer when she was just 20, and the very real possibility of leaving Angus motherless.

Big believers in the power of positivity and the importance of surrounding yourself with a support network, this warm but powerful conversation between mother and son is a must listen.

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30. Fiona explains, 'Bowel cancer can be life changing . . . there can be a real lack of support following surgery.'
29. 'My face didn’t look like anything I would see or the conversations I would hear so I didn’t even think bowel cancer was a possibility,' says Emily.
28. Abbey explains, 'My job, and my family and friends (job), is to keep Marcus alive (for our girls) by talking about him.'
27. 'Be a pleasant squeaky wheel…come empowered, have questions to ask and deliver them in a pleasant way', says Anthony.
26. 'Why wouldn’t you take 15 minutes from your day to do the test and possibly save you from a much bigger challenge,' says Wayne.
25. The lining of the gut is very similar all the way from the mouth to the anus, it just differs in thickness, Dr John Ding explains.
24. Jessica says 'I kick myself in hindsight that I did not find just 15 minutes in a day for myself. Every time I saw blood, I thought this is not normal.'
23. 'A social worker looks at the person wholistically both the physical as well as the social aspects affecting your health,' says Victoria.
22. "There is a lot of gaps in survivorship care for bowel cancer patients," Sally explains.
21. 'Women’s bodies seem to offer so many potential detours when looking for a diagnosis. Be willing to politely question a medical professional,” says Margaret.
20. 'My friends were finishing high school and celebrating their 18ths while I am mourning at my Mum’s funeral,' Chantel explains.
19. 'You get a little picnic rug for your poo and take the poo to the picnic,' Cal Wilson describing her NBCSP experience
18. “I can feel profound loneliness as a cancer patient trying to access treatment during COVID-19,” says Nicole.
17. 'Anxiety and depression go hand in hand with pain – we must improve pain management and report it loud and clear,' says Dr Tim Hucker.
16. Gemma talks of the day she was told she had young-onset bowel cancer 'You instantly think of your children. I’ll never forget that one moment!'
15. 'There is so much we don’t know and equally so much opportunity to improve patient outcomes,' A/Prof Jeanne Tie explains.
14. Kate recalls “I feel like I owe her my life. I feel like baby Ava saved me.”
13. 'The loss I have suffered will not decrease any more today, tomorrow or next year, I will just grow with it,' says Michelle.
12. 'I find it very humbling. I feel like I really do make a difference,' Stoma Nurse, Amanda explains.
11. Donna recalls "it was such a dark time but I just remember thinking. . . I so want to be a grandmother. I so need to be here for my boys.”
10. Dr Newstead talks bowel surgery and the most important indicator of a successful operation
9. Chris discusses treatment planning and how his dog Pickle helped him
8. Dr Bernard Chin discusses quality colonoscopy - 'If you see brown, we see brown'
7. Sean & Michelle discuss navigating a metastatic bowel cancer diagnosis
6. Mark Allen shares his bowel cancer experience
5. Practical & peer-to-peer support - Camille
4. 45-49 Gen Xers most at risk - Bernard Salt AM
3. Talking poo & symptoms - Dr Graham Newstead AM
2. Diet & bowel cancer risk - Teresa
1. My age was not a factor - Dannielle