Olive Namugalu reckons that Embarrassing Bodies saved her life.

Thanks to the TV programme, the 52-year-old London bus driver discovered she had bowel cancer.

“I was watching Embarrassing Bodies on the TV and Dr Christian was talking about the symptoms  of bowel cancer.

“During the adverts I went to the bathroom and I couldn’t believe it. I saw blood. Could it be true? Was it just a coincidence, or did this mean I had cancer?

I started panicking – could this really be happening? I’d had no symptoms before that moment. It was like being in a movie.

Once Olive recognised that she had the symptoms, she acted immediately

“I booked to see my GP straight away. He told me to come back in a week if the symptoms didn’t go away. They didn’t.

“I was sent for tests and diagnosed with Stage 2 bowel cancer on January 26, 2013. The tumour was malignant and aggressive.

“Then everything happened pretty fast. Two weeks later I had an operation to remove the tumour. I began chemotherapy in April which finished in November 2013.

“The pain was terrible at times, and the chemotherapy brought me down, but I’m so lucky – I got out of it and I’m glad.

“Now I go for checks every six months and so far everything is fine.

Whilst I was in hospital I met someone who had terminal cancer and didn’t have long to live. I thank Embarrassing Bodies for saving my life and I thank God for giving me a second chance.

“When I was diagnosed, the hospital asked me if I wanted to tell my sons about my diagnosis (they’re 26 and 28). At first I didn’t want to. But then I thought ‘why not?’ “It may be embarrassing to have bowel cancer, but if my story can help someone else, I’m happy to talk about it. If you don’t know the symptoms, or you go to the doctor too late, it’s not good.

Olive was lucky to have a strong support system

“My family were shocked but very supportive. My partner Jimmy gave up his job to look after me for six months because after the operation I couldn’t walk. He was amazing – he did everything for me.

“My employers, Arriva, were very good. I went back to work as a bus driver in February 2014 after nine months off sick. And when they asked about payroll giving, I decided to support two charities: Bowel & Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK.

Arriva have been very supportive, encouraging employees to set up GAYE accounts

“My heart is rich and I’m happy to give. I know what it’s like to have cancer and maybe what I give will help someone else in need.”