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Survivor Stories

Bladder Cancer Survivor Shares Her Motivating Journey


Heather bladder cancer survivor

Favourite quote

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

Heather was diagnosed with bladder cancer March 17, 2018. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is a fitness enthusiast now.

 The Diagnosis

“After a six month long journey I was finally diagnosed with bladder cancer March 17, 2018”

The Journey

Heather bladder cancer survivor journey

“I started seeing blood in my urine in September of 2017. Every lab test, every ultrasound, every MRI, every CT, and a few cystoscopies couldn’t find it. I saw several doctors and they all said I was healthy according to results but couldn’t explain the gross hematuria that I was experiencing all day, every day for six months. My urologist agreed to take another look and the tumor finally showed itself, this time during another cystoscopy. Three days later my tumors were removed.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My love of life and my family. I was fortunate that I required no further treatment for my cancer other than cystoscopies every three months as bladder cancer likes to keep on coming. So we’re letting a close eye on it to catch it early should it return.”

Biggest hindrance

“The biggest hindrance in my cancer journey was that every test showed I was healthy. It was so frustrating knowing something is clearly very, very wrong when you see red urine every day yet you’re told they can’t find anything.”

Message to other cancer patients

Heather bladder cancer survivor journey message

“Don’t give up! If you know something isn’t right to stay proactive and do not stop until you get answers. Try to stay positive during your journey. Eat right and get lots of healthy greens and red and blue/purple fruits daily. Green tea, broccoli sprouts, and ginger are your cancer-fighting friends.

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