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1947 - 2003
Chris and grandson Anthony
Chris and her husband Scott
Loving wife of 36 years, mother of two, passed at the tender age of 55 years due to metastatic bladder cancer.
Mom first noticed blood in her urine in the summer of
1999, around the same time that the media coverage was on JFK Junior's
plane crash. Concerned after a few days it hadn't gone away, so she
went to her local family doctor to find the cause. Up to this point
Mom was a healthy, active, non-smoker, with absolutely no medical
conditions to speak of. The local doctor gave her an antibiotic and
hoped it would clear up. It did in fact clear up for a short while,
but came right back. I contacted a local Columbus Hospital for her
and made an appointment. Tests revealed a small group of polyps were
growing inside her bladder, but they were contained solely in her
bladder. The doctor "scoped" the polyps, which was an outpatient
procedure, and told us to come back in 3 months for another checkup.
Mom's "pink pee" had gone away, so we thought all was well.
3 months later more polyps had returned, so the doctor performed intravesical
chemotherapy a single time, along with another "scope".
I would like to point out that the doctor was saying things such as
"If there's a type of cancer to have, it's bladder cancer...it's
very treatable with high success rates".
She was very happy to have others to discuss options with on this group, and if she were here she'd have 2 things to say to all of you;
1. Don't give up, ever, and good luck! Sometimes things are the way they are just because.
2. Please don't take having blood in your urine lightly; if you have repeated problems get that bladder out of you ASAP. Even if you are unable to get a "neobladder", life is very managable with "the bag" and you get used to it quickly. Please don't underestimate how quickly this cancer can spread, no matter how high the success rate is for those who catch it early. Mom caught it early, but still couldn't shake it.
Mom passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, February
23rd, 2003. She was two weeks from her 36th wedding anniversary, and
one month shy of 56 years of age. She is survived by 12 loving brothers
and sisters, a 29 year old son (Shawn) and loving daughter (Molly -
32), a extremely devoted and loving husband since '67 (Scott) and her
only grandson, Anthony.