Randy | CaringBridge

Randy’s Story
Randy's bladder has been problematic for many years.  A low grade papillary cancer was found in 2008 which led to yearly cystoscopies.   Since bladder cancers almost always come back, and come back worse, the yearly checks were just part of life.   As feared,  a second bladder cancer,  high-grade carcinoma in situ, was diagnosed in 2017.   That resulted in treatments and quarterly checks.   A third,  bladder cancer was found in August 2018.  This one is much worse and muscle invasive and thus will require removal of his bladder and prostate.  That is challenging, of course, but not totally unwelcome.  Get that stinking thing out of there!     

This cancer was found early before any evidence of spread.   Randy is young, otherwise healthy, and a good candidate for a surgery which will form a new bladder from small intestine.    Because we are mobile, we opted to come to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale for treatment and eventual surgery.   It is one of the premier facilities in the country in addressing bladder cancer. 

We are working with a surgeon who specializes in  neobladder surgeries,  doing 1-2 per week.   Randy had intensive chemotherapy for about eight weeks.  Surgery  will be in mid December.

Although we certainly welcome personal contact, we also opted to make this CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated and appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Serene Matthews

Randy is getting worn out - but in the best way!  We've been having a great time.   His stamina has really been pretty good - not up to pre chemo levels - but so much improved.

We spent a couple days near Tucson with friends Warren and Connie.  They showed us around their 55+ community and together we explored a couple more in the area.  We think we'd like to live in a 55+ communities someday and they are fun to explore.  We ponder whether we prefer the Phoenix area or the Tucson area.....

On the way back to Mesa we visited two more 55+ communities and had an enjoyable stop in Casa Grande to visit with friends Jess and Jean.

Once we were back in Mesa we toured another 55+ park north of Phoenix and then spent enjoyable time with Boise friends Bryan and Debbie.  They were down here escaping the Idaho winter.

Today we are staying home.....I think we need to.

Tomorrow we head to Yuma to see our Canadian friends Dave, Linda, Catie and Gord.  We'll be there a couple days and come back to Mesa on Friday.

Then we have the weekend to regroup and get ready for the big surgery.  

My mother flies in and our friend Beth joins us on Monday.  We'll all check in to the Residence Inn on the Mayo hospital campus.   Randy has two more minor pre-op procedures and then it is go time bright and early Tuesday morning.  One week from right now he'll be in there....

As always, we covet your prayers.
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