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Mum who was told she had fatigue and low iron is diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer

Ali Condon

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Mum who was told she had fatigue and low iron is diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@savechanelle

A mum-of-two with stage four bowel cancer is now fighting for her life after being misdiagnosed by doctors multiple times.

Chanelle Moles from Perth, Australia, had been suffering from crippling symptoms for months, and told by medics that she was simply suffering from fatigue, low iron, and postnatal depression.

Eventually, after fighting for further testing, Chanelle was told that she had bowel cancer and that it had already spread to her liver.

Chanelle was misdiagnosed multiple times before being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Credit: Instagram/@savechanelle
Chanelle was misdiagnosed multiple times before being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Credit: Instagram/@savechanelle
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To try and target the cancer as soon as possible, Chanelle underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy, six surgeries, and two clinical trials.

For a while, things were looking up for Chanelle and her family after her cancer went into remission in late 2021.

But the good news didn't last long, and just six weeks later, she was delivered the gutting news that the cancer had returned and she had between six and 18 months to live.

Speaking to 7News, Chanelle said: "Being told I had a few months left to live certainly knocked me about, but I am a fighter and will not be defeated."

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Chanelle has been documenting her journey on Instagram for friends and followers.

Last year, the mum got the closest she has yet to finding a cure, after undergoing three months of integrative therapy in Thailand.

The mum of two is determined to fight for her life. Credit: GoFundMe
The mum of two is determined to fight for her life. Credit: GoFundMe

But the hurdles just kept coming for Chanelle.

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In recent months, she and her partner Graham learned that the cancer had spread to her brain.

The couple remain optimistic, though.

Graham told 7News that he still believes the answer to their troubles is coming.

"I talk about facing a door and there’s a pool of keys. You’re just searching for the right one," he said.

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"We remain hopeful there is a cure."

Graham, who shares Marlon, six, and Éabha, three, with Chanelle continued: "She’s a fighter and can’t imagine anything other than growing old with her kids.

"She can’t reconcile not being there for them. She has no intention to stop fighting."

The next step for the determined couple is to get Chanelle back into intensive therapy in Thailand - but it's not a cheap trip.

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The treatment will set the family back around $12,000AUD (£6,270) per week.

Credit: Instagram/@savechanelle
Credit: Instagram/@savechanelle

In the hopes of getting Chanelle to Thailand for the treatment, her loved ones have set up a GoFundMe for her.

So far, the fundraiser has racked up $72,000AUD (£37,600) of their $150,000AUD (£78,300) target.

Topics: Health, Australia

Ali Condon
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