Diagnosed in 2002
How have you coped with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer recurrence?
I am fortunate to live close to the University of California - San Francisco’s Cancer Center. The center also hosts a Bladder Cancer Support Group on the first Thursday of every month.
The care I get from the urological nurses and doctors combined with the support I get from my fellow survivors in the support group have made the past eight years of my journey quite bearable.
My wife and daughter and my friends have also kept me positive and active. I am grateful for all of their love and support!
What gives you hope? What advice would you give to others who are experiencing recurrence?
Cancer is tough, but in some small way, I think that I am lucky to have bladder cancer. I don’t enjoy the cystoscopes, surgeries or chemotherapy, but I am treatable! And for that I am truly grateful.
I am alive! I am still able to fully enjoy my family, my friends and weekend bicycle rides.
I have hope that there will be new advances in treatments and medications in the next ten years that will have a real positive impact for bladder cancer patients.