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“It isn’t the end of the world, but I thought it was for a while.”
– David Ritchie
David was a keen runner, completing nine marathons and he worked in a role that saw him travelling the world. Then, in October 2019 David took on the biggest challenge he had faced so far after receiving a stage 3 Bladder Cancer diagnosis.
Amidst the peak of the pandemic David began treatment. No visitors. No contact with anyone.
David felt alone.
Beginning with chemotherapy and ending with surgery, David’s new normal was living with a urostomy bag.
“How do you live with that?” was David’s initial thought. However, with support from his wife and children, the road to recovery felt a lot less treacherous.
“Having all the family around me was wonderful and helped me get back on my feet.”
– David Ritchie
21,181 people are diagnosed with invasive and non-invasive bladder cancer each year in the UK and Fight Bladder Cancer provides a range of vital resources and support to help Bladder Cancer patients before and after diagnosis.
Your gift of £20 or £40 could help someone like David, navigate life with Bladder Cancer by enabling us to provide expert support and information.
Give presence this Christmas so no one has to face a diagnosis of bladder cancer alone.
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