Some Backstory: “There Will Be Blood”

Silence. Followed by,

“That’s not good.”

I suppose there are a lot of things a person can say when an innocuous trip to the bathroom turns into a toilet-full of blood. In my case, due to many years in the church, and a still-in-tact holy reverence for not wanting to piss-off God at a time of crisis by exclaiming things like,

“Awww, shit!”


“Ohhh, fuck no!”

I tend to go to that inward, generally understated place of expression. That place where I take into myself all the external control of an airline pilot who knows his plane is going down, but still believes that if he acts calmly and rationally, he and everyone sitting behind him aren’t going to die.

Yep, I’m THAT guy.

Even with THIS.

Although, I’d never had a THIS before.

So, about the blood. This was the first symptom. Turns out that there are only a few possibilities for what “blood in the urine” is a symptom of. But since I had not experienced extreme urethral pain during urination (possible kidney stones), or an extreme beating in the ring like Apollo Creed’s kid experienced at the hands of Ivan Drago’s kid in the movie Creed II, that left the only other high-percentage possibility for what “blood in the urine” is a symptom of. Renal Cell Carcinoma, or in plain language, kidney cancer.

This all began at 5:21 pm, on a Thursday in August. In the meantime, through all the exchanging of emails with my doctor, and appointments made for lab work to be done on Saturday, I spent the next 36 hours alone with my thoughts, and peeing blood. Then, on the morning I was to head for the lab, the blood in my urine stopped.

Just in time for the pain in my kidney to start.

Pain that got so bad so fast, I skipped the lab appointment altogether, and went straight to the ER. This was the second symptom.

Side note. Let me take a moment here to affirm that hospitals really do have the best drugs. Because by 10 am on Saturday, the pain that woke me up 5 hours earlier was all the way gone. By 11 am, all the blood and urine the lab was supposed to have helped itself to at 8 am was drawn into vials or drained into cups . By noon, I was being gurneyed into the imaging room for a CT scan. And before 1 pm, I was being told by the ER doc that the CT scan showed a mass on my right kidney that was troubling enough for him to schedule a second CT before I could even change out of the grippy socks on my feet and the hospital johnny, flap open around my ass.

Finally, as I was riding the gurney back through the halls from ER to imaging, that was when the third symptom hit.

The third symptom was fear.

(c) copyright 2020 William S. Friday


    1. Bill Friday says:

      C’mon, let’s up our emoji game together! 🤭😬😍😇😛


  1. Dani Heart says:

    wow. I’m so sorry you had to go through that. You have had surgery already now, right? I saw a photo you posted of your scar. You are brave to share your story here. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bill Friday says:

      Yes, Dani. Surgery was October 6th.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Daydreams says:

    You’re a trooper. 😎💛🧡

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bill Friday says:

      We know what that’s about, don’t we.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Daydreams says:

        Always. 🍃🌪

        Liked by 1 person

  3. rarasaur says:

    I read this before coffee so my stress + caffeine wouldn’t go into overdrive, even though I know what happens next. I’m a smart cookie sometimes. The writing is lovely even though the tale you’re telling is udslfhdslhfsdj. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bill Friday says:

      The writing will make an even better audiobook. And now you’ve been prepped.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Liz Ward says:

    What a scary, difficult thing to go through. I hope you’re doing okay. I know more than I wanted to know about the process of cancer and treatments since my Mum has been going through it. She’s recently had an intensive op to remove everything after a second long round of chemo that started in Dec 2019 and ended in April/May this year. She’s healing well now, I hope you are too.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bill Friday says:

      Not to drop *spoilers* into the comment thread on day one, but yes, all my doctors tell me that my prognosis is excellent and they believe they got it all.

      Liked by 3 people

  5. Glad to see the “spoilers” already since I wasn’t following you before Nanopoblano this year! Now that I know you’re okay I’m really looking forward to the rest of this story. So well-written.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bill Friday says:

      I’m so glad the spoilers are working in our favor. Thank you for following… and reading.

      Liked by 2 people

    1. Bill Friday says:

      Thank you for the oh so kind share. The second half of this month’s posts are on the way!


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