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◗ CANCER REPORT ◗ GRAHAM CABLE Age: 41 From: Whitstable, Kent Job Part-time student Marital status: Married ‘I was a major in the army based in Italy and enjoying my job as a media spokesperson for the NATO base. The year before our daughter, Isabella, had been born. The future was full of hope. ‘Then I found myself going to the loo a lot. I was in the middle of a field exercise and the toilet conditions were pretty poor. I just assumed I’d picked up a bug and got on with it – that’s military training for you. ‘The symptoms got worse. I had constant diarrhoea and terrible stomach cramps, so I went to a doctor based at a US army clinic two hours away but they couldn’t find anything wrong. The symptoms gradually got worse. I started to lose weight and lots of people commented on how grey I looked. My energy levels dropped and I had constant painful cramps.’ ‘I felt relief when I was diagnosed’ is inserted to examine the bowel). The nurse went quiet during the exam. Then she said, “I’ve found something that shouldn’t be there”.’ Colorectal cancer – known as bowel cancer – is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the UK. Aged 38, and after more than a year of symptoms, Graham was glad to nally know what was wrong. Here is his story… All gone WORDS: Martine Gallie and Georgina Maric | PHOTOGRAPHS: Getty Images A long journey ‘I did some internet searching and GET TESTED Consultant co : convinced myself lorectal that I had a gluten surgeon, Mr Ro intolerance. I started Navaratnam mi , says: excluding wheat ‘Screening pi ck 50% of bowel s up from my diet but ca cases, so if yo ncer it didn’t help. u get a home-testing Eventually I was kit in posted back to the post, make su the re UK. By that point I’d you use it.’ been having symptoms for 18 months. My GP immediately referred me to a gastroenterologist who arranged a gastroscopy (a test to look inside the oesophagus and stomach), but it was normal. That was followed by a colonoscopy (when a camera Mixed feelings ‘It sounds strange, but when she told me afterwards that she’d found a tumour that looked like bowel cancer, my reaction was one of relief. At least now I finally knew what was causing all that discomfort. ‘When I got home and told my wife, Kate, she had to sit down and compose herself. It came as a massive shock to her. To be honest, I was OK. I felt I was in expert hands. It was only later, when I was talking to one of the nurses at the hospital, that it hit me. I was telling her that my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t live to see Isabella grow up, and immediately I welled up.’ ‘The next day the surgeon removed the tumour, along with a short section of my colon. I also had an opening (stoma) created higher up my gut and a stoma bag fitted to collect faecal matter and give my colon a chance to heal. ‘When I came round from the anaesthetic I felt fantastic – doctors told me the operation had gone well and biopsies showed that the cancer hadn’t spread so I wouldn’t need chemotherapy. It was brilliant. ‘Following the operation I had a few days to lie around in bed so I could heal and get some much needed rest. I felt some pain at the site of the operation, but I didn’t bother mentioning it to anyone because I was simply desperate to get back to work.’ > MARCH 2012 | 055

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
STOCKISTS

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