Category: Bladder Cancer

Let's take blood in the urine seriously

I love beets, but they have caused me some alarm over the past few years. When I eat them, I’m all in. I buy three or four, roast them and eat them for lunch and dinner, with goat cheese, in salads, just in their unadorned glory. After a day or so of eating my body... Read more »

Honoring those who didn't survive on my fifth cancerversary

Honoring those who didn't survive on my fifth cancerversary
Today is the fifth anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. At my December cystoscopy I fully expect to be declared NED (No Evidence of Disease). Some folks believe this five-year survival means I’m cured. I may well be. And that is good. I’m grateful to be alive and grateful to have had a low-grade cancer. But... Read more »

Why I got a tattoo: this raven stands watch

I was born before the generation for whom tattoos are a part of everyday life. As a college English teacher, though, I’ve been exposed to many, many students with tattoos, piercings, and creative haircuts, including the young woman who used three Bic pens (red, blue and black) to “tattoo” her own arm, from wrist to... Read more »
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Since #goldenshowers are in the news, let’s talk about women and their bladders

Since #goldenshowers are in the news, let’s talk about women and their bladders
I’m not sure I had ever heard the term “golden showers” before Monday night. I’m well informed now. This isn’t going to be a political blog, at least not in terms of our current government. But it is going to be a soapbox sort of post. More than 75,000 people will be diagnosed with bladder... Read more »

2016 Bladder Cancer Guidelines: two recommended ways to see tumors and prevent recurrence

2016 Bladder Cancer Guidelines: two recommended ways to see tumors and prevent recurrence
Bladder cancer has the highest rate of recurrence of any cancer at 50 to 80 percent. Researchers know that failure to see and remove all existing cancer during the initial surgery, called transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) is one reason for the high rate. If you can’t see the cancer, then you can’t remove... Read more »

Cancerversary: untangling the strands of memory

Cancerversary: untangling the strands of memory
Cancerversary #4 Today is the first day of classes at my university. I’ll walk into my first-year writing class a few minutes before nine, and I’ll be nervous. I’m always nervous on the first day, even though I’ve been doing this a long time. We’ve been going through the beginning of the Fall Semester ritual... Read more »
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Stephen King is helping me read again after cancer

All my life, reading stories has been my refuge. In my loneliest times as a child, a chapter book saw me through. From Encyclopedia Brown to Jane Eyre, all my troubles were left behind once I entered the world of the story. Until cancer. During one of the hardest times of my life, I lost... Read more »

Coping with fear since cancer has been my hardest challenge: a few things I’m learning

Coping with fear since cancer has been my hardest challenge: a few things I’m learning
When I was seven years old, I was in the front yard “helping” my parents by sweeping the sidewalks. As I remember it, a car full of boys slowed down and a kid in the front seat rolled down the window to speak to me. I moved closer to the car to hear what he... Read more »

Does smoking cause bladder cancer? Well, that depends on why you’re asking

The easy, obvious answer is, yes, of course smoking causes bladder cancer. Consider these two statistics: smokers are three times more likely to get bladder cancer than nonsmokers and 50 percent of all bladder cancers are likely caused by smoking. (See this report from the National Institutes of Health.) That’s the easy, obvious answer. The... Read more »
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Five reasons you should write if you have cancer

Five reasons you should write if you have cancer
I had been wanting to start a blog for several years when I was diagnosed with cancer in August of 2012. I was torn about it. Although I’ve always been a writer, and lord knows I have too much to say, I felt that I didn’t have a good theme or topic for a blog.... Read more »