It’s a feat of endurance. Waiting 15 months for a diagnosis. Struggling through three years of painful treatments and scopes. Persevering in hopes that the treatment will work or that a better one will be found.
That’s what life with bladder cancer is like.
I started noticing symptoms a couple of years ago – I was urinating more frequently and there was blood in my urine. Right up until my biopsy results came in, my urologist was convinced it was my enlarged prostate and overactive bladder. So when he told me I had a very aggressive type of bladder cancer, I was stunned.
But a diagnosis gave me somewhere to start. And the first thing I did was reach out to Bladder Cancer Canada (BCC). Talking to other people with bladder cancer helped me feel less alone. And the information I found through BCC’s website and webinars helped me ask the right questions and guided my expectations.
Bladder Cancer Canada is a lifeline to me and everyone living with this disease.
That’s why I hope you’ll take a moment to make a holiday donation to Bladder Cancer Canada. Your gift will help fund vital support programs, raise awareness for early detection, and support research into more effective treatments.
The treatment I’m on, called Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), is actually a 100-year-old treatment for tuberculosis. It’s so grueling, many people aren’t able to endure the entire three-year cycle. There’s got to be something better out there, but BCC needs your help to find it.
Even though bladder cancer is the 5th most common cancer in Canada, it’s seriously underfunded. And because of the impact of COVID-19 on key fundraising events, donations to BCC this year are significantly behind.
Your time to help is now. Please give.
I hope you’ll also consider becoming a monthly donor. Your recurring gift will go a long way toward supporting the 12,000 Canadians who are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year.
However you choose to give, your donation today will ensure families like mine have somewhere to turn for answers, support and most of all hope, during the holidays and beyond.
Peter Glofcheskie, living with bladder cancer
P.S. Your support for Canadians affected by bladder cancer would be my wish come true this holiday season. Please donate now.