Cancer Comic Strip

My name is Suzan St Maur and I've had cancer twice. I find that humor helps me get through my cancer, and from what I understand it helps many others too. This blog is dedicated not to information about the disease, but to cancer warriors and their relatives/friends who just want some cheering chuckles. By all means share your funny stories and jokes with us - email them to suze @ (If you want to know more about me see my profile on here or

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Can anyone smell burning?

Just back from the 6-monthly "poke and peek" for the bladder cancer and have settled myself very carefully at the computer.

Whereas on the previous occasion all my gorgeous, handsome Nigerian surgeon did was to poke, peek and retreat, this time it was poke, peek, spot small polyp/tumour (been sent off to histo), insert knitting needle, chop out lump, insert branding iron, cauterize.

By this time my eyes were watering so much the tears could have extinguished a forest fire.

And coincidently, the said Nigerian hunky surgeon grinned while cauterizing and asked, "can anyone smell burning?" Raucous laughter all around - from the nurses, anyway.

I was in and out of the hospital in exactly one hour, as opposed to a whole day had we done it conventionally. Much more convenient. But I have to admit there were times while the Nigerian hunk was prodding with the red hot poker that I thought fondly of spinal anaesthetics. Very fondly.


  • At 3:20 PM , Blogger A Dived Ref said...

    Hi Suze. Hope that you are sitting a little more comfortably than when you wrote you blog? I had my rigid cysto in December just before Christmas and have been ill ever since with an infection of my ears giving me nothing but trouble. Maybe they pushed the scope to high up - it felt like it! Here is the take on the op

    I got my results last week. All clear - which is great of course but there was a "but"! Some atypical cells were noted which could be a result of the operation or the treatment so to be on the safe side I have a year's worth of maintenance and two more rigid cystoscopies for 2009. I was a bit put out at the time. I realize now it probably needs to be done. Of course, it just means more time off work and more lying around in darkened rooms. Hopefully I'll be OK for 2010.

    All the best for your ongoing treatment and hope that it isn't anything too worrying this time.



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