My RC was in Oct 2008 and this site is pretty much the only link I really maintain to the disease (other than my check-ups).
I do it because I hope to help others facing what I faced.
My opinion is that if you CAN put it behind, do it. Those with active situations can't do that as those of us who have been cured (even if that is temporary--but hopefully permanently) can do that if we choose.
I don't want this to seem like a Brag sheet, but I just want everyone to know that this disease cannot win. I have been consoled by the warmth shown by the people on this site and encouraged by their unending optomism. I have also felt the pain of this cronic disease from all of you great people here.
I do want to let you all know that I CELEBRATED my one year anniversary of diagnosis by getting back into a racing car. My doctors had a field day of jokes and ribbing as they signed my Physical so I sould get my racing licence back!
My neo bladder is functioning as well as can be expected. The local code enforcment officer gave my new plumbing his approval! He could not determine if the surgeon used PVC or Copper in the Replumb though!
This racing weekend was one of the three goals I set for myself the day after my surgery. Golf and Skiing were the other two (both acheived).
I had no pre conceived notions of doing anything more than Participitating. I was just happy to be there!
As I climbed into a Skip Barber Formula racing car, I was just thrilled to get on the Watkins Glen track! I finished my first race in a respectable 6th place! Yippee!
As for the second race, I was again going to manage a 6th place finish. But, as I started the Last Lap, things changed. As I sped down the straight, the 2 cars in front of me touched wheels and parted like the Red Sea! So nice of them to let me through as they fell off the track! I was now in 4th place!
As I approached the Last Turn, on the Last Lap, the car in front of me ran wide and spun out. I advanced to a podium 3rd place finish! WOW!
Now I realized that other forces were at work here. Someone is watching over us all! I (Cancer patient, Old Guy) could have only have dreamed about this a year ago. As time goes on for all of us, we must be determined that this disease will NOT take over our lives.
"You may be right; I may be Crazy! But it Just may be a Lunatic, you've waited for!"
Light a man a fire and he is warm for an evening.
Light a man ON fire and he's warm forever.
08/08/08...RC neo bladder
New Man! [/size]