Tin man I am on the road so this will be short. Almost ten years ago at 48 I stood where you are. Two years ago I danced with my son at his wedding. So set your sights on getting to the other side of this. For most of us with the right care learning to live with the new "normal" is what this journey is all about. Others will pipe in about types of diversions and the practicalities. I just wanted you to know we are here and you are not alone.
T2 g3 CIS 8/04
Chemotherapy & Radiation 10/04-12/04
RC w/umbilical Indiana pouch 5/06
Left Nephrectomy 1/09
President American Bladder Cancer Society
Well I just got off the phone with my urologist and its final I have bladder cancer. I am 46 y/o/m father of 1 daughter. And yes I am terrified. I have a tumor that is taking up half my bladder and its high grade. However it has not spread at this point to my kidneys or lympe nodes. They have scheduled my surgery for Monday to remove my bladder. My doctor tells me after recovery I will be able to lead a normal life. I am Ass't Fire Chief of my local fire dept. and I build locomotives as a career. I am not ready to die. I have to see my daughter graduate college and walk her down the isle when she marries.Any advice or I guess words of encouragement would help...Thank you