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    Loss: My Grandfather's name was Hugh W. Miller. He was diagnosed with cancer 20 years ago. He had 4th Stage Cancer in his bladder. The doctors did not think he would survive, but he did for 20 years. He was 75 years old when he was diagnosed and 95 years old when he passed away. His journey began when he started bleeding while urinating. He was scared and never told anyone until one day when I was home visiting from Reading and noticed blood in the toilet. My mother and Grandmother were beyond menstruating years and I knew that I was not menstruating at the time so I confronted him. He did not want to go for treatment but we convinced him that he had to go. They did a biopsy and it revealed cancer. The doctor said that he needed to have not only his bladder removed, but he needed to have his prostate removed as well. He of course, did not want to have this done. But my Grandmother told him he had to go. He went for the operation and it was successful; however he had to wear a bag to collect the urine which was challenging to say the least. But my Grandmother changed the bag for him because he didn't even want to see it. The doctor said that the tumors were located within the thick walls of the bladder. He told us that he got the tumors out but wanted him to go for Chemotherapy. My grandfather only had one Chemotherapy visit. He could not tolerate the Chemotherapy. Shortly after the tumors were removed he developed a hernia at the site of the Colosmospy. He would get a lot of pain, but the doctors said that he could not have another operation. So my grandmother nursed him back to health. She was determined that she was not going to lose my Grandfather. Slowly things went back to normal, until he developed a blood clot in his foot. He fell and then could not walk so he had to go to Allied Services where they taught him to walk again. It was so hard. I was pregnant at the time and he lived for two reasons; his wife, his bride, the love of his life and the baby I was about to deliver. He waited anxiously for my baby to be born and he said that by the time she would be born he would walk again. And he did. When I came home from the hospital and could make the trip to Scranton, he walked right up to the car when I got to his house and took my daughter from my arms and cried. We told him that he had to continue to get better because every one of his grandchildren had trouble making the number 5 and this baby would be no different. So he lived to help her make the number five and when my daughter was two he helped her make the number five. He got better and we were so happy for him. Until two years ago when he developed two cancerous tumors, one over his eye and one at his ear. The tumor over his eye caused his eye to be pasted shut. Still my grandfather was determined and his wife of 73 years then, my grandmother, said he had to go through the radiation treatments and he did. The doctor said he would die in 6 months. He continued to live. Everything we thought was going well until the tumors became infected. He could not fight the infection and on April 11, 2012 my grandfather passed away. He fought cancer twice and won. He was a strong, determined man and because of this we had him for 20 more years. The key to fighting cancer is get diagnosed early, follow your doctors recommendations. If you’re not satisfied with what one doctor says get a second, third, and even a fourth opinion. We did and we had 20 more precious years with my grandfather. My grandparents got to celebrate their 75th Wedding Anniversary with each other and all of us.

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    Loss: My Grandfather's name was Hugh W. Miller. He was diagnosed with cancer 20 years ago. He had 4th Stage Cancer in his bladder. The doctors did not think he would survive, but he did for 20 years. He was 75 years old when he was diagnosed and 95 years old when he passed away. His journey began when he started bleeding while urinating. He was scared and never told anyone until one day when I was home visiting from Reading and noticed blood in the toilet. My mother and Grandmother were beyond menstruating years and I knew that I was not menstruating at the time so I confronted him. He did not want to go for treatment but we convienced him that he had to go. They did a biopsy and it revealed cancer. The doctor said that he needed to have not only his bladder removed, but he needed to have his prostate removed as well. He of course, did not want to have this done. But my Grandmother told him he had to go. He went for the operation and it was successful; however he had to wear a bag to collect the urine which was challenging to say the least. But my Grandmother changed the bag for him because he didn't even want to see it. The doctor said that the tumors were located within the thick walls of the bladder. He told us that he got the tumors out but wanted him to go for Chemotherapy. My grandfather only had one Chemotherapy visit. He could not tolerate the Chemotherapy. Shortly after the tumors were removed he developed a herneia at the site of the Colosmospy. He would get alot of pain, but the doctors said that he could not have another operation. So my grandmother nursed him back to health. She was determined that she was not going to loose my Grandfather. Slowly things went back to normal, until he developed a blood cloth in his foot. He fell and then could not walk so he had to go to Allied Services where they taught him to walk again. It was so hard. I was pregnant at the time and he lived for two reasons; his wife, his bride, the love of his life and the baby I was about to deliver. He waited anxiously for my baby to be born and he said that by the time she would be born he would walk again. And he did. When I came home from the hospital and could make the trip to Scranton, he walked right up to the car when I got to his house and took my daughter from my arms and cried. We told him that he had to continue to get better because every one of his grandchildren had trouble making the number 5 and this baby would be no different. So he lived to help her make the number five and when my daughter was two he helped her make the number five. He got better and we were so happy for him. Until two years ago when he developed two cancerous tumors, one over his eye and one at his ear. The tumor over his eye caused his eye to be pasted shut. Still my grandfather was determined and his wife of 73 years then, my grandmother, said he had to go through the radiation treatments and he did. The doctor said he would die in 6 months. He continued to live. Everything we thought was going well until the tumors became infected. He could not fight the infection and on April 11, 2012 my grandfather passed away. He fought cancer twice and won. He was a strong, determined man and because of this we had him for 20 more years. The key to fighting cancer is get diagnosed early, follow your doctors recommendations. If your not satisfied with what one doctor says get a second, third, and even a fourth opinion. We did and we had 20 more precious years with my grandfather. My grandparents got to celebrate their 75th Wedding Anniversary with each other and all of us.

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