Still Going Strong After Cancer

I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2001. The doctor removed 3 cancerous polyps, and I had a cysto every six months after that. In February 2008, cancer again was found. This time invasive, and my bladder and prostate were removed.

Living without my bladder

Since then, I have lived with a urostomy, which although a lot of trouble at times, I am still going strong at age 71. After a nine hour operation, it took 25 days in the hospital and six months to recover. Since then, I have had two operations to repair the connections from my kidneys to the ostomy bag. My wife has been just amazing throughout all this as my caretaker and coach. We are looking forward to many more years of life together.

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