Talking about incontinence: colon cancer from a patient’s perspective

As a nurse, Bethann Siviter thought she understood what patients go through. Then she started experiencing symptoms of colon cancer 
Illustration of patient talking to a doctor

As a nurse, Bethann Siviter thought she understood what patients go through. Then she started experiencing symptoms of colon cancer

Be prepared, get your pinny on – I’m going to talk about poop. Faeces. A nurse’s stock-in-trade. At least when it’s someone else’s: talking about our own is a bit more difficult.

My hope is that by sharing my journey with you it will give you more insight into the patient experience. I also want to help you keep yourself healthy and strong.

To start at the end of the story, I have colon cancer. Getting to a diagnosis meant facing things I’ve found embarrassing and difficult. I put off asking for screening until the list of symptoms in my head – obese, sedentary, 55+,


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