Simon Klein | CaringBridge

Simon Klein

Yes! That is a picture of Simon Klein finishing the Trails to the Victors 5K in Ann Arbor the day before Passover. Already battling bladder cancer, he will not be deterred.
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. For many years I have recommended CaringBridge to families I work with to take the burden out of updates to friends and family. I learned when caring for my mother that it could be exhausting to return home from the hospital and return all those phone calls from well meaning people. It can also be hard to track who we said what to. Caring Bridge enables us to update all of you--who are so caring and so supportive all at once. We truly appreciate your support, your prayers and words of hope and encouragement. 
Simon was diagnosed with bladder cancer the day after Valentine's Day, 2017. We had a nice Valentine's Day but we knew he had this procedure in the morning. We knew that there was blood in the urine. We thought it might be a prostate issue or a kidney issue. I broke all my own rules when the urologist summoned me into a small waiting area. "It's not good news." The room began to close in. No Sarah. No note taking. I even told him that I was breaking my own rules. The next week was a blur with newly scheduled doctor's appointments, a new regimen and a catheter.  
We were scheduled to leave for Orlando on February 23rd to run the Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. We had raised over $2500 and Simon was running his first Disney 5K as part of the celebration. We managed to go and each of us ran all of our scheduled races. I cried when I crossed the 5K line. 
On March 8th Simon had the second procedure done. We were then told it was invasive bladder cancer, Stage Two. We set up appointments with a medical oncologist, a bladder surgeon and another CT scan. We may do the surgery at the UofM Hospital in Ann Arbor.
At this point we are pursuing 16 weeks of chemo (one week done) and then probable bladder removal surgery. He wants you all to know that he is not in any pain. (although he does seem to tire a bit more quickly)
Margaret Frisch Klein

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