Monday (Dec. 10th) my doctor called me at night and answered most of my questions, and scheduled my bladder removal surgery. I will go into Kaiser Hospital Monday, Jan. 14th and have the surgery Jan. 15. I am not looking foreward to this terrible surgery, but I do have some peace of mind knowing that the decision has been made and that the surgery is all set - no more waiting on dates or answers to questions.
I will donate blood for my surgery next week - no need to risk any additional problems from donated blood if the doctor needs to give me blood.
Meanwhile I am going to enjoy the time I have left. This weekend I go to Las Vegas to give money to the poor starving slot machines, and later will go to Disneyland.
I may live a normal life after the surgery or I may not, I don’t know. I did find an on-line group on Yahoo with men who have actually had the surgery and are doing OK, and I am getting a lot of support from them. I have also read a lot of horror stories about this surgery, but I am going to hope and pray that my experience is of the good variety (Well, good for me and bad, very bad for the cancer beast).
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