Hello, my name is Sara, and I joined WebCafe in September 1999 when my mother, Sally (62 years old), was diagnosed with bladder cancer in her bladder and left kidney. She became aware of the disease when she experienced large amounts of blood and clotting in her urine. Later, she connected the cancer to an episode of pain she had 2/99 and a severe weight loss in the interim. Mom’s bladder tumor was removed during a biopsy in early October. This biopsy showed no muscle involvement, so a few weeks later, she had surgery to remove her left kidney and ureter. Her recovery went well, despite a 14 inch incision. Pathology reports showed a possibility that some cancer cells might have escaped her kidney before removal, so she started chemo therapy of taxol and carboplatin 12/99. She is scheduled to have 6 rounds which will end in April 2000.