Don Denman

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  • My Goal:
  • $500
  • Raised So Far:
  • $813
  • # of Donations:
  • 7
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About two years ago and at the age of 57, I was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder and kidneys. Since I have never been a smoker, the doctors told me the likely cause was the textile mill job I took while working through college back in the 1970s. This second shift job was operating dye beck machine where we handled large amounts of aniline dyes. (These dyes are now no longer used because they were found to be cariogenic, specifically with bladder cancer).


In complete kidney failure, it was touch and go for several weeks with doctors telling my wife I might not make it through the night. But thanks to the outstanding care and support of my wife, friends, family and medical personnel I was able to regain enough strength to seek additional treatment solutions.


The second oncologist we consulted with also offered a grim prognosis, ‘go home and get your affairs in order, you have 6 months to live’. Ignoring his advice, I began chemo but also sought a third opinion. I drove to Duke University Cancer Care and met with Dr. Brant A. Inman, Surgical Urologic Oncologist. Arrangements were made to perform several operations which ultimately removed my bladder and a kidney. My bladder was found to contain a tumor the size of a grapefruit.


I also had to start dialysis. This involves sitting hooked to a dialysis machine for 12-15 hours per week while it removes all your blood, filters it, and pumps it back into your body. But I have become connected to a wonderful group of healthcare providers who are dedicated, compassionate, and truly remarkable folks.


Between the multiple lifesaving operations and the incredible support I have managed to beat the various grim prognosis and count myself as one the of luckiest people alive. My wife of 35 years has been a pillar of strength and I certainly would not be here today without her endless love and support.

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Don Denman is fundraising for KIDNEYNATION: Create benefiting American Kidney Fund.

About two years ago and at the age of 57, I was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder and kidneys. Since I have never been a smoker, the doctors told me the likely cause was the textile mill job I took while working through college back in the 1970s. This second shift job was operating dye beck machine where we handled large amounts of aniline dyes. (These dyes are now no longer used because they were found to be cariogenic, specifically with bladder cancer).


In complete kidney failure, it was touch and go for several weeks with doctors telling my wife I might not make it through the night. But thanks to the outstanding care and support of my wife, friends, family and medical personnel I was able to regain enough strength to seek additional treatment solutions.


The second oncologist we consulted with also offered a grim prognosis, ‘go home and get your affairs in order, you have 6 months to live’. Ignoring his advice, I began chemo but also sought a third opinion. I drove to Duke University Cancer Care and met with Dr. Brant A. Inman, Surgical Urologic Oncologist. Arrangements were made to perform several operations which ultimately removed my bladder and a kidney. My bladder was found to contain a tumor the size of a grapefruit.


I also had to start dialysis. This involves sitting hooked to a dialysis machine for 12-15 hours per week while it removes all your blood, filters it, and pumps it back into your body. But I have become connected to a wonderful group of healthcare providers who are dedicated, compassionate, and truly remarkable folks.


Between the multiple lifesaving operations and the incredible support I have managed to beat the various grim prognosis and count myself as one the of luckiest people alive. My wife of 35 years has been a pillar of strength and I certainly would not be here today without her endless love and support.

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KIDNEYNATION: Create

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