Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Welcome To Our Cancer Battle


I am Joe. My beloved wife's name is Heidi. We both fight cancer. I am starting this new blog to tell the world what it's like for us, what we're learning and to beg for prayer. It's been quite a rollercoaster ride:

  • July 2004 Heidi diagnosed with Stage2b breast cancer - two lumpectomies, radiation and chemo completed by 2005
  • May 2008 Heidi diagnosed with Stage4 metastatic breast cancer (spread to bones and lungs) - chemo started
  • August 2008 Joe diagnosed with bladder cancer - removed via TURBT
  • January 2011 Joe diagnosed with 14 new bladder tumors - removed via TURBT and intravesical chemo started (BCG)

What is it like?
Each diagnosis, each treatment failure is like getting kicked in the gut by a mule. You can't breathe, you can't move, you just can't believe it. In two days I will hear the results of the biopsies from my bladder cancer surgery last week. In three weeks we will find out if Heidi's chemo is still working. Life on the edge, permanently.
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thank you for creating your blog. I can't imagine what you and Heidi endure each day. I pray for each of you each day. May the sun always shine through your window.


  2. Hopefully, your willingness to share your experiences will give someone else the strength to face their own diagnosis with as much grace and courage that you and Heidi show, Joe.

  3. I'm so glad you have started this blog Joe, and I see it as a great point of connection for many suddenly on the cancer road.