Liz chats to co­me­dian about her ex­pe­ri­ence

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A Ruther­glen woman who had a 12 inch tu­mour cut out her bowel has ap­peared in a spe­cial film to high­light the im­por­tance of a screen­ing test.

El­iz­a­beth Har­ris, 64, was di­ag­nosed in Novem­ber 2014 and has since been suc­cess­fully treated.

She ap­peared in the Re­former last month giv­ing her back­ing to the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s De­tect Can­cer Early cam­paign.

Her lat­est role in the cam­paign saw her be­ing sur­prised by co­me­dian Fred Ma­cAuley, who is an ad­vo­cate of bowel screen­ing.

He dropped by her home so she could speak about her ex­pe­ri­ence.

The mother of three rou­tinely re­turned her bowel screen­ing test in Oc­to­ber 2014 and was asked to re-take it - as the re­sult wasn’t con­clu­sive - but had no wor­ries at that stage as she had no symp­toms.

Fol­low­ing a colonoscopy and a CT scan, El­iz­a­beth was told she had bowel can­cer and went through surgery in Jan­uary 2015 when the tu­mour was re­moved.

Liz tells the film: “I just thank God ev­ery day that I did my bowel screen­ing test when I did.”

Af­ter a chat with Fred about her story, she adds: “I am just so grate­ful that I did my test when I did, when I should have done it, be­cause I know we wouldn’t be sit­ting here.

A thrilled Liz said af­ter­wards: “I’m happy to do any­thing to raise aware­ness of the bowel screen­ing test as it saved my life.

“Open­ing my door to Fred Ma­cAulay was a bit of a sur­prise, but we had a good laugh and it was nice to chat to him about how life has changed since my di­ag­no­sis.

“I’m a very pos­i­tive per­son and al­though the last year or so hasn’t been the eas­i­est, I’m just so glad it was found early and I can now look for­ward to spend­ing time with my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

“Bowel screen­ing isn’t the most pleas­ant thing but it takes min­utes and is done in the pri­vacy of your own bath­room. I just hope my story helps en­cour­age oth­ers to get their test done.”

Liz, who is a re­tired med­i­cal sec­re­tary, had pre­vi­ously de­scribed her di­ag­no­sis in the Re­former last month.

She said: “I took the test in Oc­to­ber 2014 and they came back say­ing the re­sults were ab­nor­mal.

“But I wasn’t wor­ried at this stage. My part­ner had been called back twice be­fore and it was noth­ing.

“I didn’t have any symp­toms so I wasn’t con­cerned, even when I went for a colonoscopy. How­ever, they sent me for a CT scan and within two days my doc­tor had asked me to come in.

“That’s when you know some­thing is wrong.”

Fred added: “It was great meet­ing Liz and speak­ing to her about her ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I do my test ev­ery two years and per­son­ally think the screen­ing we’re of­fered in this coun­try is a great thing. I’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one who is in­vited to take the test.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit getcheckedearly. org or call the Scot­tish Bowel Screen­ing Helpline on 0800 0121 833.

Tea and chat Liz Har­ris was stunned when Fred Ma­cAuley dropped by for tea

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