I was diagnosed with Bladder cancer in December12, and had surgery January 2, 2018 to remove my Bladder; I really didn't have a choice, I had been experiencing symptoms of bladder infection for 8-9 months. I went through many tests over a period of 8 months going from one test to another. Finally diagnosed middle of December 2017. I really was ambused because I was very healthy and never had experienced anything like Bladder Cancer, and therefore, did feel like I had no choice but to have the surgery. Of course, removing your bladder is a whole new experience, and it definitely a learning experience. I have a Urostomy, which entails making a piece of your intestine forming a "stoma"; this allows the urine to come from your kidneys out to a "bag". This is a whole new experiene, I won't lessen the impact that causes; but in order to live and survive this is something that makes you possible it possible to live a fairly normal life. The Urostomy is a way for you to go on with your life, just changes some of your day to day experience. I have had my Urostomy for one year, but it still is a day to day situation. I hope that your doctor instills in you what takes place and what you must do to live with a Urostomy and live a normal life again.