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There is Hope

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There is Hope

by Skylid on Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:00 AM

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This message is direcetd to everyone that has been diagnosed with Bladder Cancer. There are many options out there, the condition is treatable. I was diagnosed, treated with BCG for a short time and after several opinions ( many different ones) decided to have a cystectomy with internal reconstruction, a neobladder. I am so greatful to G_D for the results so far. The process was difficult, hard, it will scare you but the results can be very good and worthwhile. It was difficult for my wife who was my njurse, drill sargeant and angel through the entire process. She was unbelievable and any wife or husband will have to be the same for their mate. There will be days when you will cry constantly, try not to feel sorry for yourself. You have been handed a hand that can be managed, you are lucky. A neobladder works. At this piint I have complete control during daytime hours and hold my urine for 5-6 hours without a problem. Urinatinmg is different but you learn and it works well. At night it will be harder, there will be some "accidents" but all in all it will be a small price to pay. If anyone wants to know more, needs any support, wants to know anything that I know please post your questions. Luis

Some Questions...

by Dancey22 on Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:00 AM

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Luis, I am so glad to hear that things are working for you. What exactly is this option you spoke of? My grandpa was diagnosed with bladder cancer four years ago. He has had to go in for a few little surgical check-ups but until this last one everything was fine. The doctor cut out cancer a few weeks ago, now they want him to have chemo that is injected into the bladdar. It apparently is very painful and he wants to talk to someone who has had this done before he makes a decison. My grandpa is 85 and due to radiation burning a hole in his colon he has a colostomy bag. He is scared and ready to give up. What advice do you have? I appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you and God Bless, April
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