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Female Bladder Cancer Stories

Megan is Following Her Dream

It was in 2016, I was 25 and in Physician Assistant (PA) School. I believe it started around the summertime, and I just kept feeling like I was having the classic urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms. But I had no hematuria and I actually worked for a gynecologist at the

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Father and Daughter are Unlikely BCG Buddies

While older men are the most likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer, imagine our surprise when BCAN met Mike Bartlett and his daughter Kristin Hoisington at the 2018 Houston Walk to End Bladder Cancer. Fifty-seven-year-old Mike was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2016, after his primary care physician sent him to a urologist to determine the cause of the

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Waltzing with Anne Through Her Bladder Cancer Journey

“Anne is an incredible example of a patient who refused to be paralyzed by her diagnosis of cancer. She had an incredibly positive attitude from the beginning. She is a very active and motivated person. That didn’t change just because she was diagnosed with cancer,” noted Dr. Noah Hahn, Deputy

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Dancing Her Way through Bladder Cancer – Anne Doesn’t Miss a Beat

New Hampshire native, Anne Theriault now lives in Maryland. Anne spent many years in non-traditional careers with the US Army and in the Bureau of Prisons. She deployed four times to combat zones. Anne began taking up ballroom dancing after a challenging combat tour in Iraq. “I just did it

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Jill Fights for a Normal Life

Bladder cancer can be a sneaky disease. Sometimes you have very few symptoms until things hit a critical mass.  For me, that happened in the form of a suspected urinary tract infection (UTI). I’ve had UTI’s my whole adult life, so the latest one in summer of 2012 didn’t seem

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Brenda’s Road to Cancer Freedom

In December 2001, my life changed when I was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  In the summer of 2001, I noticed urinary changes that I attributed to turning 48 years old.  Continency and frequency became issues and my urine turned cloudy with a tinge of darkish red from time to time. 

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Marilu Henner Encourages Tough Talks on Bladder Cancer

For Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, BCAN and actress Marilu Henner have partnered with Genentech, a member of the Roche group, to share her personal story and help people navigate challenging – but necessary – conversations about bladder cancer. Marilu knows firsthand the importance of these discussions. In 2003, she and

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Susan’s Immunotherapy Story

“In December of 2004 I had serious bleeding and we went right to the emergency room.  I had a cystoscopy immediately, and received a diagnosis of bladder cancer. The doctor who made the diagnosis felt it was serious enough that I needed the level of care that a major medical center

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Couple Roger & Karen – both battle the disease

Karen and Roger live and work in the Washington, DC metro area.  Karen’s bladder cancer diagnosis came in 2010; Roger’s in 2016.  Before that, they were both blessed with good health and have always been very busy with family and friends.  They raised two sons and had always enjoyed intimate

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Mary Beth

I was 28 when I was diagnosed. I had just started a new job. We were house hunting…

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Lynn

Diagnosed in 2011 at age 53 with muscle invasive bladder cancer  In early May of 2011, I noticed blood in my urine. At first I thought this might be a sign of menopause. Then I recalled that a neighbor nine years earlier had thought that the blood in her urine

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Anna

Diagnosed in 2008 at age 41 with bladder cancer  In August, 2008, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. At the time, I was a 41-year-old physically fit non-smoker and, like most, thought that bladder cancer was a disease that only affected male senior citizens. Before my diagnosis, following a bout

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Nancy

Diagnosed with Stage 1, high grade bladder cancer in 2008  My story may sound like the fastest bladder cancer diagnosis in history but please read to the end. Coming home from a family reunion on Saturday, January 5, 2008 (dates are forever etched into our memories and become as important

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Daphne

Diagnosed at age 53 in 2011 with non-invasive bladder cancer I was diagnosed with minimally invasive bladder cancer in March, 2011. I was completely shocked by the diagnosis! I had been having some symptoms such as pain and dark colored urine for several months, but I thought they were connected

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Carol

Diagnosed in 2009 with non-invasive bladder cancer The first thing I noticed was blood in my urine. I went to my general practitioner who gave me antibiotics and told me to bring a urine sample back in 10 days. When I took my sample back it looked okay to me

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Viola

Diagnosed in 2009 at age 52 with non-invasive bladder cancer Every woman should understand the implications of blood in the urine. I am a middle school life science teacher and even with all I know about the human body, my diagnosis was a shock. While I knew about other cancers,

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Pat

Diagnosed in 2010 at age 65 with Stage III bladder cancer Key message: Missed diagnosis, be your own advocate My experience has taught me to be my own advocate. It began close to two years prior to my diagnosis. I started having to get up at night to go to

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Monica

Diagnosed in 2005 at age 30 with non-invasive bladder cancer Key message: Don’t ignore any aches, pains, or feelings that something is not right within your body. Be attentive and aggressive with your medical care and know that you do not have to face this journey alone. 2005 was a

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