As this year comes closer to an end, I look back at post excerpts from this past year –
My new doctor’s visit was last week and for my urine sample; I provided a sample that was extremely yellowish brown with the largest blood clot I have seen. This scared me a little!
The visit with Dr. F. involved me discussing my symptoms and the result of a hospital visit involving a CT scan I had last month. He indicated I most likely have a tumor on my bladder and it would need to be surgically removed.
The cystoscopy took place yesterday and the results are I have bladder cancer.
Before I respond, let me update you on my condition. The bladder tumor was removed and Dr. F. indicated it looks superficial, meaning on the surface of the bladder.
The bad news is that the cancer can easily come back. Every 3 months for the next couple of years, I will be visiting the urologist and having a scope performed to search for cancer that may grow back.
In the past month I have experienced increased burning during urination and in my bladder. Yesterday I passed a blood clot. Does this indicate the cancer has returned?
Dr. F. indicated some cancer had returned and also I have quite a bit of scare tissue from my last surgery in February.
Across the room I was in, is a small enclave that has desks and computers. I could hear Dr. F’s. voice and I heard the words “Terry is in a pickle.”
At this point, I have no date for the next surgery. You know the one; where my bladder is removed. At this point in time, I am assuming I will be having a radical cystectomy.
Dr. P. informed me that the cancer had spread into my abdominal lymph nodes.
Stage 4 –
Yesterday, I met with my new oncologist Dr. D. and we discussed my health history and the current condition regarding my cancer. Upon reviewing my recent CT scan and the related information from Dr. P., she indicated to me my cancer is stage 4.
Chemotherapy will begin this Thursday and continue for the next 12 weeks. Today, I am having a ‘port’ inserted into my body.
These scans should help to determine if the nodules on my lungs are cancer or not. The nodules are small, therefore cannot be biopsied and these scans should help with this determination.
The immediate days following my 2nd chemo session were not too bad as I am handling the chemo better than expected and hope this trend continues. The nausea is kept to a minimum, basically non-existent; to a great relieve for me. I am fatigued the immediate days following my chemotherapy treatment requiring me to be less active than I would like to be.
This cancer is beating me down right now and is taking a once happy active person to someone who is unrecognizable to me.
Today I sit for hours taking in those around me. Today I sit for hours viewing those near to me. Today I sit for hours receiving chemotherapy amongst others; those around me.
As the weeks continue and I arrive closer to my end date with chemotherapy, I look ahead to unknowns that soon will reveal themselves to me. Uncertainties will soon be certainties. Questions will be replaced with answers.
Chemotherapy is kind to me in that I am not experiencing many other side-affects. But the tiredness, it is hitting me hard; very hard.
More than likely the imaging tests will involve another PET Scan to help determine the possible outcomes including complete removal of the cancer in my body, the partially removal of cancer or no effect at all.
Today I am receiving my last treatment of chemotherapy.
My CT Scan took place this past Tuesday and today I have an appointment with my Oncologist Dr. D. this morning to discuss the results. The most recent CT Scan will be compared to the previous imaging tests that took place prior to my chemotherapy treatment.
In today’s post –
Surgery to remove my bladder is a little more than 2 weeks away.