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Tragic former Chatham pupil Dr Suzanne Gould died of bowel cancer after being told she was too young to have disease

27 May 2014
by Jenni Horn

A doctor who died of bowel cancer was told she was too young to have the disease.

Dr Suzanne Gould passed away at just 29 in March after an 18-month battle with cancer. 

After suffering from stomach pains so severe she was forced to miss part of her brother's wedding day, Suzanne was initially told by doctors she could not be suffering from bowel cancer as she was so young. She was instead diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel condition.

Suzanne Gould with husband Simon on their wedding day in 2010

Suzanne Gould with husband Simon on their wedding day in 2010

Six months later, doctors finally realised Suzanne had a massive tumour and she underwent emergency surgery, before beginning an 18-month fight against the disease.

The former Chatham Grammar School for Girls pupil passed away just weeks after she was told her condition had become terminal.

Now her brother Rob, a marketing manager from Rochester, is planning to take part in a fun run for World Cancer Research Fund to raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention.

Rob, 30, said: "When she was diagnosed with a tumour, it was devastating but equally frustrating that we hadn't known sooner.

"But through it all Suzanne handled her treatment with dignity and bravery. She was not only positive and determined to beat cancer but wanted to raise awareness in young people that you can never be too young to have bowel cancer.

"It was a huge shock when we discovered it was terminal. But throughout it all Suzanne was bright and upbeat. She was that kind of person, wanting to help others and stay strong for her family."

Rob Newton is raising money for World Cancer Research Fund

Rob Newton is raising money for World Cancer Research Fund

Suzanne, who had been living in Dorking, spent months in the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton where she endured bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

She was also treated in Medway Maritime Hospital and finally cared for in St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley.

But Suzanne lost her fight on March 18, leaving behind her lecturer husband, Dr Simon Gould, and her family.

"We now need to continue her legacy and this run is all about raising awareness..." - Suzanne's brother Rob Newton

Her brother Rob is taking part in a 3km fun run with his company Informa on Saturday.

He said: "Suzanne didn't just focus on herself when she was ill. She was a case study for Bowel Cancer UK presentation at the Houses of Parliament because she wanted to help with research and education.

"We now need to continue her legacy and this run is all about raising awareness about the condition and helping to collect much needed money for cancer prevention research."

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK. In 2011, around 42,000 cases were diagnosed.

Felix Glenny with children Ralph and Pearl before he fell ill

Felix Glenny with children Ralph and Pearl before he fell ill

Suzanne's case follow the death of Ryan 'Felix' Glenny, who died in January after a short battle with bowel cancer, aged 23.

The father-of-two, from Lower Stoke, was initially told he was too young to have bowel cancer, despite both his mother and granddad dying of the disease.

To sponsor Rob, visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Newton3.

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