Bladder Cancer Patient Stories

  • Henry

    Henry "Bud" Olencki

    Living with cancer wasn't new to Henry "Bud" Olencki. Diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2003, Bud had localized tumors removed surgically on several occasions. But when the cancer spread to his prostatic urethra in 2009 what had become routine just wasn't working anymore.

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  • Ted Ritter

    Ted Ritter


    Ted Ritter spent more than 20 years running a mechanical engineering business. During that time, he and his wife, Sheila, raised four children. In January 2010, Ted, who was 68, retired from his full-time job and had his sights set on the next chapter of his life. He was looking forward to relaxing with Sheila in their Florida vacation home, along with spending his newly-found free time with his children and grandchildren, working out, golfing and maybe even some consulting. Just seven months later, Ted's plans came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

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  • Alvin Rollin

    Alvin Rollin

    "Learning you have cancer is a very sobering moment. It was exactly that for me. I felt like my life was over," said Alvin Rollin when he recounted the doctor visit when he heard he had bladder cancer.

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  • Donald Sechler

    Donald Sechler

    In his construction-related job, Don Sechler is a can-do guy who solves problems all day long. But one problem he didn't expect to confront was a diagnosis of bladder cancer. "I'd always been healthy," said Don. "I knew nothing about bladder cancer, or cancer period. It doesn't run in my family. I pretty much thought it was never going to hit me. Then boom."

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  • Arnie Shacnovitz

    Arnie Shachnovitz

    Bladder Cancer

    Living life after bladder cancer has its challenges.  But for Arnie Shachnovitz, maintaining a positive attitude and staying close to other people in the same situation at the Ostomy Support Group at Fox Chase Cancer Center has made all the difference.

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