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.  That one was much worse and required removal of his bladder and prostate.  That was 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 that formed a new bladder from small intestine.    Because we are mobile, we opted to come to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale for treatment and  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 was  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

Twas a good good day!   Randy graduated from occupational therapy.  His therapist was happy with the strength he had regained in his hand, the reduction in pain and she anticipates a full recovery, something the neurologist would not commit too. 

On Monday we met with Randy’s new primary care physician who will manage his Eliquis for the blood clots.  She seemed fine with the idea of our cruise in April and Tahiti in May.

Randy was encouraged that she thought he was doing great for eight weeks past surgery.  (He’s heard that from almost everyone.)

All is well for us right now and we are thankful for that blessing.

And spring training starts tomorrow, whoohoo!  We have tickets for the Mariners at A’s.  It is supposed to rain, but we’ll make the best of it.  Play ball!!!
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