In April 2018 I became nervous from excessive blood in my urine. I was diagnosed by the ER doctor with urinary cancer. My urologist in Jackson diagnosed my cancer as transitional cell bladder cancer. By the grace of God, a friend led me to my current urologist at Vanderbilt Urology Clinic. After six BCG chemo treatments to attack the cancer, it was determined that I would need to take the next step in the process, which would be to have bladder removal surgery. I wanted to weigh all options and get an additional opinion, so I visited a medical team at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas to get a further diagnosis of my cancer. The MD Anderson team advised that I have a very aggressive form of bladder cancer, and a complete removal of my bladder is mandatory and should be scheduled as soon as possible. My Vanderbilt doctor was able to make arrangements for my surgery within three weeks after the trip to Texas. The surgical procedures may take 6-8 hours and may require a few weeks for recovery from the operation. I want to thank my friends for your prayers and support. I especially want to thank my immediate family for supporting me in many ways, including efforts to help me with mental adjustments required to get through the surgery.
My progress will be followed here and other conversations in the days ahead. Here you will help me fight this awful, nasty cancer.