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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  • Diane & John Quale

    My husband, John Quale, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in May 2000—he was 53, and I was 43. Our lives changed forever on that day.  Like the majority of patients diagnosed with bladder cancer, we had never heard of the disease before, nor did we know… Read More
  • Lynn

    Diagnosed in 2011 at age 53 with muscle invasive bladder cancer  In early May of 2011, I noticed blood in my urine. At first I thought this might be a sign of menopause. Then I recalled that a neighbor nine years earlier had thought… Read More
  • Anna

    Diagnosed in 2008 at age 41 with bladder cancer  In August, 2008, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. At the time, I was a 41-year-old physically fit non-smoker and, like most, thought that bladder cancer was a disease that only affected male senior citizens. Read More
  • Nancy

    Diagnosed with Stage 1, high grade bladder cancer in 2008  My story may sound like the fastest bladder cancer diagnosis in history but please read to the end. Coming home from a family reunion on Saturday, January 5, 2008 (dates are forever… Read More
  • Daphne

    Diagnosed at age 53 in 2011 with non-invasive bladder cancer I was diagnosed with minimally invasive bladder cancer in March, 2011. I was completely shocked by the diagnosis! I had been having some symptoms such as pain and dark colored… Read More
  • Carol

    Diagnosed in 2009 with non-invasive bladder cancer The first thing I noticed was blood in my urine. I went to my general practitioner who gave me antibiotics and told me to bring a urine sample back in 10 days. When I took… Read More
  • Viola

    Diagnosed in 2009 at age 52 with non-invasive bladder cancer Every woman should understand the implications of blood in the urine. I am a middle school life science teacher and even with all I know about the human body, my diagnosis was a shock. Read More
  • Pat

    Diagnosed in 2010 at age 65 with Stage III bladder cancer Key message: Missed diagnosis, be your own advocate My experience has taught me to be my own advocate. It began close to two years prior to my diagnosis. I started having to get up at… Read More
  • Monica

    Diagnosed in 2005 at age 30 with non-invasive bladder cancer Key message: Don’t ignore any aches, pains, or feelings that something is not right within your body. Be attentive and aggressive with your medical care and know that you do not have to face this journey… Read More