Stories

Stories

“It is our hope that the My Bladder Cancer Story campaign will be an avenue for those affected by bladder cancer to share their stories to be a voice for those who, for far too long, have felt alone in this fight against this disease.”

Andrea Maddox-Smith, BCAN CEO
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  • Dancing Her Way through Bladder Cancer – Anne Doesn’t Miss a Beat

    New Hampshire native, Anne Theriault now lives in Maryland. Anne spent many years in non-traditional careers with the US Army and in the Bureau of Prisons. She deployed four times to combat zones. Anne began taking up ballroom dancing after a challenging combat tour in Iraq. “I just did it… Read More
  • Ralph Makes a Decision

    Like many bladder cancer patients, I was shocked when a urologist gave me the diagnosis. Cancer wasn’t for me; it was for other people. And bladder cancer? I didn’t know anything about it, but some quick research confirmed I had no obvious risk factors. All moot, though. My wife Eva… Read More
  • Curtis is Crushing Bladder Cancer

    My symptoms started with me urinating more frequently than usual and feeling tired from time to time; however, the symptoms would come and go.  In February 2015, I had a TURP which showed Papillary urothelial carcinoma, low grade with foci suspicious for subepithelial invasion. A rare fragment of muscle, with… Read More
  • Jill Fights for a Normal Life

    Bladder cancer can be a sneaky disease. Sometimes you have very few symptoms until things hit a critical mass.  For me, that happened in the form of a suspected urinary tract infection (UTI). I’ve had UTI’s my whole adult life, so the latest one in summer of 2012 didn’t seem… Read More
  • Matthew’s Bladder Cancer Journey

    2016 was the scariest year of my life. I urinated blood around Christmas in 2015, and a CAT scan in February 2016 found a tumor.  I had a cystectomy on April 1 and the results were determined to be an aggressive cancer. Next, was another cystectomy which saved me from… Read More
  • Brenda’s Road to Cancer Freedom

    In December 2001, my life changed when I was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  In the summer of 2001, I noticed urinary changes that I attributed to turning 48 years old.  Continency and frequency became issues and my urine turned cloudy with a tinge of darkish red from time to time. … Read More
  • Clinical trial patients…are never forgotten.

    BCAN asked Dr. Andrea Apolo, Chief of the Bladder Cancer Section of the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch of the National Cancer Institute, what researchers learn from bladder cancer patients who do not survive in a clinical trial. This is what she shared with us: Mr. Z. was enthusiastic about participating in… Read More
  • Marilu Henner Encourages Tough Talks on Bladder Cancer

    For Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, BCAN and actress Marilu Henner have partnered with Genentech, a member of the Roche group, to share her personal story and help people navigate challenging – but necessary – conversations about bladder cancer. Marilu knows firsthand the importance of these discussions. Read More
  • Renata Turns to Writing

    We thought my husband Ahmad’s bladder cancer was well under control after the original diagnosis of low grade Stage Ta, in 2011. He had several TURBTs, a partial cystectomy, and cystoscopies every three months. Dealing with the Stage Ta diagnosis, was… Read More