David Ritchie's story
David Ritchie was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer in 2019 and was left utterly devastated. He had always been extremely healthy and a keen runner. So, after being told what would need to happen to treat his bladder cancer, he felt his world had ended.
However, it had not. David has since gone on to run a marathon and has many more planned. Life for David is different, but absolutely do-able! Read David's inspiring story of determination below.
Bladder Cancer Awareness Month of 2021 was extremely successful! There were lots of creative and fun ideas used to raise awareness of bladder cancer and create vital funds. Take a look and get inspired!read more here ...
Julia MacLeod's story
This year for bladder cancer awareness month, we are urging people to speak up about their symptoms to try and remove the embarrassment people may experience. Often these feelings mean people delay getting their symptoms checked, which may in turn prevent an early diagnosis.
To help with raising awareness, Julia MacLeod shares the symptoms which led to her bladder cancer diagnosis. Julia explains she had "no awareness of what blood in the urine could mean" before being diagnosed.
Colin O’Sullivan is holding a charity concert for Fight Bladder Cancer and Colostomy UK
After battling bladder cancer last year, which could only be treated with life-changing surgery, Colin O’Sullivan was left with two stomas. He now wants to help make a difference for other patients and break the stigma behind topics perceived by many as embarrassing.
Colin will be holding a charity concert on the 19th of June 2022 to help raise vital awareness and funds for bladder cancer. Colin’s passion for raising awareness for bladder cancer comes from his own self-confessed ‘sheer lack of knowledge’ and the ignorance that comes from people’s reluctance to discuss subjects like 'wee' and 'poo' when it's something everyone does every day.read more here ...
Laura MacKenzie's story
Laura’s story begins in August 2017, when she passed what she thought was blood but turned out to be faeces in her urine. This was due to a fistula caused by late-stage bladder cancer.
Initially, she was told she had just weeks to live. Fast forwards to 2022, and Laura is clear of cancer and now lives with two permanent stomas.
“This is a small price for a second chance at life, “she says.read more here ...
How to eat sensibly, when nothing takes your fancy.
Some people get really hungry when on cancer treatment, while others find it a struggle to eat. Either way, aiming for a healthy, balanced diet is the way to go.
Here are some great tips for finding balance and maximising your nutrition from Carolyn Humphries, food writer and author, originally shared with us for Fight 13.
by Jane Blofield, Urology Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Kent and Canterbury Hospital
“To be given a bladder cancer diagnosis has a huge impact on life. Suddenly the control you have over your ‘everyday’ is impacted by this new, unwelcome intrusion, which no-one wants and no one invited to the party!” says Jane Blofield.
We asked Jane, a Urology Oncology Clinical Nurse, to share some of the key actions that have helped her patients and their families over the years. She explains why communication matters with a bladder cancer diagnosis.
Teresa Scott shares her story about being diagnosed with advanced, metastatic bladder cancer. The GP had treated her for several months for a UTI, giving her five sets of antibiotics, despite having other painful symptoms.
Her story highlights the all too common and worrying fact that women often face a worse prognosis when finally diagnosed with bladder cancer compared to men ((John et al., 2021. European Urology Focus, 7(2), 359-365). Misdiagnosis of bladder cancer should never go on for this long.read more here ...
Jane Pidcock is a bladder cancer survivor. Unfortunately, her story is a very familiar one for many women- her symptoms were misdiagnosed. Since her diagnosis, Jane has thrown herself into fundraising for Fight Bladder Cancer.
To mark World Cancer Day, we spoke to Mary Lovett, a bladder cancer patient, who was finally diagnosed after a long and frustrating journey. Her story demonstrates how much work is needed to close the diagnosis gap for women so stories like hers become less common in the bladder cancer community.read more here ...
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