Progress Report

Readers, please notice the dates on all entries. Part I of My Bladder Cancer Showdown took place in 2018 and 2019. Part II, titled Long-term Recovery, took place through most of 2019. These blog posts summarize my experience.

November and December, 2019: I have not had a single UTI since I started taking D-mannose, and that’s now been over two months. I’ve not taken any antibiotic during this time either, and that’s great!

Is D-mannose responsible for this? I don’t know, but after a year of fighting constant urinary infections, including life-threatening urosepsis, I’m thankful. I will keep taking it and continue doing self-catheterization four times daily.

January, 2020: It’s time to review what’s happened since I was diagnosed with bladder cancer a year and a half ago. It was growing exuberantly at the time of diagnosis, covering nearly half the internal lining of my bladder, but biopsies showed that it had not invaded the deeper layers of the bladder.

I made the decision to treat my cancer with an anti-cancer diet rather than the standard BCG treatments for bladder cancer. My decision was not wild. It was based on study of the anti-cancer nutritional literature, especially the research of Dr. William Li at Harvard.

He found that many whole veggies and fruits slowed or stopped the growth of cancer cells in culture. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, and broccoli always killed bladder cancer growth very effectively. His research was carefully done and his reports appeared in mainline academic journals.

Although an anti-cancer diet has never been approved as part of any cancer treatment, I decided to adopt it as my treatment. Dr. G was skeptical but agreed to let me try it before scheduling any BCG treatments.

He was stunned to find no evidence of cancer in my bladder 10 weeks later. Follow-up exams every three months have not detected any evidence of cancer. My anti-cancer diet has clearly worked well for me.

If it weren’t for the urinary tract complications, my overall health would be excellent. Unfortunately, the urosepsis that put me in the hospital nearly a year ago took a terrible toll on my health. It aged me by at least 10 years, and my recovery has been extremely slow.

I’m still not back to normal in terms of balance and physical capability. In view of this, would I still choose the anti-cancer diet to treat my bladder cancer? Yes! I thank God daily for the healing power of healthy foods! The anti-cancer diet was not the cause of my urology complications.

[Blog to be continued next week.]