Tom Knorr, diagnosed in 2005
I was first diagnosed with bladder cancer (an extremely large tumor in my bladder) in May 2005 and had my bladder, one of six pelvic lymph nodes, and prostate removed (bladder cancer stage IV). Shortly after surgery, I started chemotherapy to abate the cancer. I was very disappointed with my initial oncologist because I was having very adverse effects from his chemo and he said “that’s part of chemo.” Christy and I researched the drugs I was getting and found that there were ways to resolve the problems. He implemented them and they were soon gone. We researched other hospitals and their physicians. I completed my treatment at a Minnesota facility, where I felt I would get high quality professional care, which I did. I now have regular follow-ups with my 3rd oncologist at an academic institution in Chicago where I live (saving a lot of time and money), with whom I have a great relationship.
Tom’s Silver Lining in this Journey
Because of my willingness to talk about my bladder cancer experience openly, I have met other bladder cancer survivors who have become good friends.
Tom’s Non-Medical Secret to Survival
I have found a very bright and talented massage therapist, who provides me with therapeutic and very deep muscle massage to remove toxins and negative energies from my body, helping keep me in the best condition possible to continue the fight.