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Steve K. Patient Expert

Mountain Green, Utah
Surprised at a diagnosis of bladder cancer at age 48, there is much hope to prevail over the disease. I am a great fan of life and doing something useful with the limited time we have on this earth. I enjoy my church, my home life, my career in process improvement (which is basically helping... Full Bio
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3rd BCG Maintenance Series #3 of 3 - September 25, 2009 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I was a little surprised when the doc's office called Wednesday to confirm my BCG appointment at 9AM instead of 9:15, but a quick check of the notes proved that they were c ... Read on »
Cancer Fighting Supplement - Beta Glucans - August 9, 2009 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer At some point each cancer fighter has to decide what conventional medical treatments to follow, and what, if any, other things to do to help battle the disease and discou ... Read on »
Screening Pee & Spinning X-Rays - March 17-25, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I unpacked my new screening device in the airport parking lot. It's like an old collapsible cup - a series of concentric plastic hoops that expand out into a cup-shape, i ... Read on »
Erin go Bragh - Steve go Urologist - March 17, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Due to yet another need to travel for work, I needed to leave Monday evening for Tucson again, and would need to miss the Urology appointment. I called the office on Friday ... Read on »
What the First Doctor Said - Feb 15 - Mar 4, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So off to my doctor in Salt Lake City on Friday, after my return to home base. He took weight, temperature, blood pressure, blood, and urine. While I had no pink in the urin ... Read on »
How It All Started - Feb 10-14, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I reside in Northern Utah, near Snowbasin Ski Resort, about 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City. My employer is a major aerospace corporation, and my job as a process enginee ... Read on »
An Imperfect Week - May 6-16, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer There's no medical news to report, as we still are awaiting biopsy surgery on Wednesday, May 21. I added a meter to the page, and I can now see that a lot of you are check ... Read on »
A Perfect Day - May 5, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Due to a panoply of chores on Saturday, including updating, editing, and beautifying this blog (which doesn't write itself) and a raft of church and social engagements on Su ... Read on »
Going Public - May 1-5, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Welcome to the Bladder Cancer Weblog!!! For some of you it will be the first time around, so let me give you a quick tour.The photo at the top is a gorgeous Ferrari Fi-430. ... Read on »
Life After Tube - April 15-30, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer With the hated tube finally removed, we gathered ourselves and headed home. I had deliberately avoided a lot of fluid intake, and slowly drank a pint of water on the way hom ... Read on »
Negotiations and Information - April 14-15, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer By the Monday after surgery (the previous Wednesday) I was feeling about 80% of normal. All day I had a hangover headache from the Lortab (narcotic), the last of which had b ... Read on »
Recovering from Surgery - April 10-13, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Post-surgery there are a number of things to deal with. The top matter of strategic importance is that my "bouncing baby tumors" were sent to a lab for analysis. The lab ... Read on »
Surgery Day - April 9, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Hello all and thanks for your concern, prayers, and kind thoughts! We were told to report to the hospital at 11:30AM for a 1:00PM starting time. I was to be the doc' ... Read on »
Dealing With the Diagnosis Part 2 - April 3-8 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I am still trying not to think about the details of this coming Wednesday, nor allow my mind to race about things in general. This works OK during the day when there are tas ... Read on »
Dealing With the Diagnosis - March 31-April 2 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The drive home from the doctor's office took over an hour, and I had plenty of time to think. Mostly I thought about NOT thinking about it. But like any American male, there ... Read on »
D-Day - Diagnosis - March 31, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It's Monday afternoon, and I showed up to the Urologist's office with my packet of X-rays and my collection of tiny stones. Really it was a tiny collection of specks. Aft ... Read on »
Introducing My Favorite Doctor - Dr. Chuck by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Finding evidence of stones brought me back to the X-rays. If only I knew somebody that knew how to read them and tell me how to look for stones. At this point I thought of ... Read on »
Mini Medical Update - June 20 - July 2, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer As I reported earlier, June was free from cancer medical treatments. But I did have to get my first root canal, and though I reported it to be 98%, the situation declined. I ... Read on »
Recovery and Travel - June 8-18, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Regular readers have likely noticed the medical action has slowed down a bit since all this started. I am personally grateful that the uncertainty range of outcomes is much ... Read on »
On a side note... Toothache! - May 27 - June 9, 2008 by Steve K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I wonder if, now that I've turned the ripe old age of 49, it should be the case that everything falls apart. I mentioned in my previous posts that I had a lip and gum injury ... Read on »