“Procrastination”… I have been told that is my middle name! Procrastination is a patient’s demise, and I have a feeling that most patients struggle with this at some point in their treatment process – you just don’t know what to do next, and not much motivation to stay the course. That is where I find myself today (Oct. 23, 2019). It has been about 5 years since I first started passing significant blood in my urine, and was diagnosed with Stage 2 Bladder cancer. The prognosis was 18 to 24 months to live”if”I did not choose to do Chemo and have my bladder removed… both of which I declined. So I have made the 5 year survival mark doing only holistic and natural treatments. But after a couple years of intense treatments and lifestyle adjustments, I began to slowly back off the treatments. I am back to passing a lot of blood in my urine and other symptoms. This is a wake up call, and my full focus will be required if I want to recover and keep living. So I intend to write these mini “footnotes” along my healing journey.
Well, here it is a couple weeks later and it seems that Life just gets in the way of writing daily in this journal. I went in to see a new Urologist yesterday for a 2nd opinion. Wound up taking a CT scan, and the results were concerning. We can see in the bladder that the tumor mass has grown. Also looks like lymph nodes in the pelvic area look enlarged, so likely will get a biopsy for that. Of immediate conern is the impact on my kidneys caused by back pressure from unine not flowing normally from the bladder. So the kidneys are enlarged and need to be drained by implanting a stint. I expect them to get this scheduled soon.