American Bladder Cancer Society Inc
July 10, 2012
In Nov. of last year I was told I had a dark mass in my bladder after urinateing blood a couple of times. Then on the week before Christmas I had a surgery to have the mass removed. A few days before Christmas my Urologist called me at 7:30 in the evening to tell me that the mass was cancerous but he was certain they removed all of the tumor. It was Christmas, and I had no one to answer any of the questions I had about Bladder Cancer. I found The American Bladder Cancer Society and went to the chat room to see if anyone could help me. As soon as I said hello one of the volunteers said Welcome, and asked If they could help me in any way. After just a few questions I felt like I was with a close friend. After being so scared they calmed my fears. The relief was so great that it made me cry. That is something that a 48 year old Northern Minnesotan just doesn't do. Now after learning so much from them and my doctors, I am trying to help others get through that scary time and hopefully calm their fears. This is the first time I have ever volunteered to help anyone else. But after everything they have done for me I felt this was something I had to do.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My own understanding of bladder cancer and how I not only can cope with it, but that I too can help others along the way while learning how to live with my own cancer.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Make it more visible to those with bladder cancer.
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I showed me not to ever give up, and that I could help others while I was learning how to deal with my own cancer.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Rewarded. When someone tells you that you have calmed them or gave them the strength to fight cancer. You can't help but feel good about that.
Volunteer & Consult new comers and work with other members to help them understand what is happening to them and what to expect next.