Bill Doyle — I’m ‘optimistic’ about my recovery
I'll get right to the point. As you may have noticed, I haven't been on the air since January 20th, and here's why.
Last March, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. To make a long story short, they kept clearing out the tumors, and the tumors kept coming right back. Because of this, my oncologist recommended that I have my bladder removed to avoid having the cancer come back and metastasize to other parts of my body. I had the surgery and they removed my bladder as well as some lymph nodes in the region. They also built me a "neobladder" to replace the original.
My recovery went extremely well, to the point where they released from the hospital a day early. So, I thought everything was going as well as it could until I had my first follow up with the surgeon/oncologist. First, he told me that my recovery was remarkable, then he told me one of the lymph nodes they removed was cancerous, meaning the cancer had metastasized and was now outside my bladder. That bumped me up to Stage 4 Bladder Cancer, the worst stage there is.
To address that, I'm going to have to undergo chemotherapy to kill any residual cancer cells and prevent new ones from forming. So, I may be having my hair fall out, be nauseated, and suffer mouth sores, but then again, maybe I won't. It was a very small group of cells, so I'm optimistic. The chemo doesn't start until the third week of March. I'm just happy to be able to get back to work.
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