I’ve been writing these blogs for well over a year, and I’ve found that one of the most difficult challenges is writing something that’s personal.
But it is something I need to do this time.
Because I reacted much more quickly to what I thought was the pain of a kidney stone in early July, I have been diagnosed with bladder cancer much earlier than might have been the case.
Tumors have been removed from my bladder and the bladder muscle so far, and indications are that what lies ahead will be up to 3 rounds of chemotherapy, then removal of the bladder in a surgery that will follow.
Considerable testing has already been done, and the prognosis is excellent that I’ll be around for a long long time.
Unfortunately, I am not alone in the number of people who hear the cancer diagnosis, and I am blessed to have a great family support system and lots of friends and co-workers who’ll have my back as we move forward.
My intention is to take as little time off as is absolutely necessary, because my work and the things I do for volunteer causes I care for are extremely important to me, and will be very good therapy as well.
I ask only that you pray as you have time for everyone who is dealing with the scurge of cancer among our friends and families.
I want to urge anyone who feels a pain or discomfort that you recognize as out of the ordinary to follow up with a doctor you trust as quickly as possible.
I am very glad that I did.
That’s the way I see it.