Randy’s Story

Site created on September 11, 2018

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.  We eventually made the decision to move out of the trailer and into a home in Surprise, Arizona as we didn't feel we were ready to take off anytime soon for full time travel.  Now we hope to be winter residents and summer travelers.


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

We spent a long day visiting both Mayo campuses but feel so blessed and grateful that all went well.

Dr. Tyson was very pleased with progress and test results.  Everyone agrees that residual “stuff” is chemo related.

Randy will have the next round in January but Dr. Tyson is dropping a couple tests going forward.  He’ll still order blood tests and CT urogram.  After the January tests, he’ll start spreading them out a bit more.

Thanks for the prayers and good vibes.  Praise God!  All is well!
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