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    Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 6:21am
Right here goes...Yesterday I was told by my doctors that all the treatment that I've had over the last 18 months for this cancer of the bladder hasn't worked.
 
Now I'm to old to spend my time again visiting five different hospital for treatment..regardless of how well the NHS staff treated me..which was 100% dedicated and professional.
 
So the three option's my doctors gave me were (1) more treatment (2) reconstruct a new bladder from the old one (3) remove the bladder completely and wear a bag.  
 
I've gone for number 3,  I've already given my reason why I don't want number one and number 2 would involve me having to train and time myself to pee every two hours for the rest of my life.
 
Removing the bladder involves a 2/3 week stay in hospital and 3/6 months to get back to how I am now.
 
So thats my little story...I did type a much longer one but this poxy PC of mine decided to throw a wobbly and I lost it... I never knew that I knew so much FrenchAngry.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 6:46am
Hi Bruce,
Sorry to hear that your treatment hasn't worked.  Cry I think that you have made the right choice for yourself. Not only that, no more queueing up to use the loo at Kostas. Haha. 
Let's hope that they get you sorted soon and then, no more worries, you can look forward to your holiday in Kassiopi in July. Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 6:48am
Bruce,
 
So with Option 3 is it larger than the 100ml you're allowed to carry through passport control. If so do you have to taste it to prove it's ok.....Dead
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 7:12am
Originally posted by Elliemay Elliemay wrote:

Hi Bruce,
Sorry to hear that your treatment hasn't worked.  Cry I think that you have made the right choice for yourself. Not only that, no more queueing up to use the loo at Kostas. Haha. 
Let's hope that they get you sorted soon and then, no more worries, you can look forward to your holiday in Kassiopi in July. Thumbs Up
Take care my friend. 
 
Cheers love... Your right about Kostas Loo...now I can just sling the pipe over his balcony.Clap
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 7:18am
Originally posted by dazzalad dazzalad wrote:

Bruce,
 
So with Option 3 is it larger than the 100ml you're allowed to carry through passport control. If so do you have to taste it to prove it's ok.....Dead
 
Good luck Bruce.
Hi Darren...I've just made a reply to your post .... It must be floating around out there somewhere.
 
Me and you have the same humor..thats what I ask the wife...and it just went straight over her headCry
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 7:23am
Yes, it gets me into trouble sometimes (have you seen the caption competition)...lol....Hope everything goes well for you, just remember though especially if you've had a few & you're "splashing it all over", it might not be Brut but BRUCE..!!!
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 7:26am
Hi Bruce,
Make sure you sling the right pipe over the balcony! Evil Smile Don't want to see you get arrested. LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 7:30am
Sorry to hear this Bruce but you have always been one of the stronger characters on this forum and I know your stregnth will see you through.
 
Positive thinking and Kassiopi will see you through.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 7:55am
I know I shouldn't make light of my illness but that's the way I am...I look at it like this, I have it so I must make the best of it...I could go into the doldrums but what good is that going to do me, sweet fanny Adams, 
 
The Macmillan Nurse bless her lovely heart said I should consider canceling my holiday...I mean that's worse than telling Brucie Boy his illness is terminal..I was speechless and thats doesn't happen often believe meBig smile
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 8:03am
Originally posted by Elliemay Elliemay wrote:

Hi Bruce,
Make sure you sling the right pipe over the balcony! Evil Smile Don't want to see you get arrested. LOL
 
Elliemay.. there more Chance of me swimming the channel with a gas oven on my back than throwing the wrong pipe over....it's only thisHug 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 10:11am
Sorry to hear your treatment hasn't worked but I think you've made the right choice.  Fancy someone even suggesting you should cancel your holiday - that would be the worse news ever!  Hope all goes well  for you.Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 10:21am
My neighbour made the same choice, Bruce, and never looked back, keep smiling, mate....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 11:28am
Dear Bruce,
So sorry to hear your news!!
 
Thers is always light at the end of the tunell, some of us have to look a lot harder to find it, but, you have already found your light in option  three Thumbs Up
 
Not all conditions are curable---to be given a managble choice  for your condition is a shingingStar
 
You have already found your light  and long may it shine brightly for youClown
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 3:23pm
Sorry to hear the treatment hasn't worked but with your spirit I think you will overcome anything.  Enjoy Kassiopi and long may you continue to post on Agni....it wouldn't be the same without you. Star
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 3:25pm
Bruce, you have made a good choice there, the one that works for you!  I am so sorry that the treatment didnt work, but, if the option you have chosen allows you to continue visiting your beloved island for many more years then that is the best choice! We will see you in Kassiopi this July Bruce Beer xxxxxx
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 3:40pm
Thanks guys for all you best wishes and encouragement..Hug
 
So today I made a decision not to cancel my holiday just yet, I'll see how it goes and believe me if I don't think I can manage it I wouldn't go, I wouldn't  put anybody out because of my stubbornness especially our Greek friends who by the way have been in touch.
 
So God willing I make a good recovery by the end of July, failing that then maybe October, we'll just have to see how it goes.Thumbs Up
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 3:52pm
Sorry to hear your news Bruce. If anyone can adjust to this new stage in your life, it's you - your attitude is heartening. Good luck, and I do hope you don't have to cancel the holiday .... although if you were to change it to September, we may get to say hello for real!  

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 3:56pm
Big smile Bruce, get yourself well for the beginning of September and will meet you in the bar! Beer I HAVE to see the sight of you lobbing your pipe over the balcony (do you remember the times when Adonis used to jump right over the balcony at the end of one of his dances - can't have him doing that again though in case he slips!) LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 3:57pm
Originally posted by elizajay elizajay wrote:

Bruce, you have made a good choice there, the one that works for you!  I am so sorry that the treatment didnt work, but, if the option you have chosen allows you to continue visiting your beloved island for many more years then that is the best choice! We will see you in Kassiopi this July Bruce Beer xxxxxx
 
Lizzy my love, I don't get there till late on the 29th and there's only 30 days in July that means you and me would have to meet up on the Monday or Tuesday for a Beer.
 
Sorry folks should have said Lizzy husband and my Maria will be there...just incase anybody thought otherwiseCool.Embarrassed
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 4:00pm
Dunno if I can message on this... I was only a one star member last time I checked!! (After all these years I hear you say!).

Anyway, presuming I can... Bruce m'dear, well done, its the best choice you could make.  I had one myself for a brief while after having surgery a few years back, I appreciate it's very different to a permanent situation, but must admit it was great not having to worry about needing a pee!!!

Very best of luck to you, I hope and pray that the surgery and recovery goes well, and maybe I'll catch up with you and Maria in Kass this summer xxxx Bill
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