Thursday, September 13th Bob's long time friend, Stuart, will be entering the University of Washington hospital for surgery on Friday morning. He has been diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer and they are going to remove his bladder. We are not sure if the dreaded disease has spread elsewhere, but they have scanned every part of his body. Stuart is in his early 70's and is one of those people who hadn't seen a doctor for over 30 years when he initially got sick earlier this last spring. At that time he was in the Intensive Care Unit for over a week, with a horrendous bladder/kidney infection. He nearly died at that time. At that time, Bob actually dragged him out to his truck and took him to the Emergency Room. Even as sick as he was, he was reluctant to be seen. He just kept saying "oh I'll be better in a day or two."
Stuart is married but to a lady who doesn't seem to care one way or another about her husband. She has never visited him in the hospital and does not seem to be concerned about this upcoming surgery. But, Bob will be taking him to Seattle and will stay with him as long as the hospital allows. Please remember Stuart in the coming days. He is very fearful and anxious about this surgery.
Also, my friend Dianne's husband (another Bob) has been recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He begins the first phase of treatment, Thursday Sept 13th. He has been faithful about physical exams, so it's been caught in the beginning stages. His prognosis is good...And Dianne will be at his side every step of the way.