Biohazard Man Version 2 - September 17, 2010

Biohazard Man is back and he is bigger and better than ever! Check out this new Biohazard Man Version 2 graphic - leaner, more mature, and more graceful by far. This new image is mildly more accurate. There is even a Blackberry in his hand! You can read all about Biohazard Man's superpowers and see the Version 1 graphic in the original Biohazard Man post.

Early on in the scheme of things, after the initial shock of the cancer diagnosis and two TURBT surgeries, the absurdity of the process and the treatments started to appeal to me, and
Biohazard Man was born. BCG is toxic, and it contains live, attenuated mycobacteria. Because of the potential risk for transmission, it should be prepared, handled, and disposed of as a biohazard material. And suddenly I have this stuff sloshing around in my bladder making my urine also toxic, requiring six hours of special handling after the initial instillation period. One must admit that nearly all superheroes were spawned from such odd beginnings - bite from a radioactive spider, a special mask, a powerful suit - so a toxic bladder seems right in line.

Let's face it. Here is a life-threatening disease whose treatment is a tube forced up your most private part in front of many witnesses of both genders, after which you are filled with toxic bio-cooties, all of this done on a regular basis, and you are even paying someone to do it to you! If you can't see the absurdity and have some fun with it, you are really missing out. I made up some business cards with the original graphic, my name, and the web page address of this blog on them. By last count I had given out over 100 of them. So now the challenge will be to incorporate the new design. As before,
Biohazard Man is faster than a speeding ballet! More powerful than a loco-pollo!! Able to mount tall toilets at a single bound!!! Look in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!! It's BIOHAZARD MAN!!!! Beware of my toxic pee!

I have written here on more than one occasion that attitude is the most important thing, and this character is my attempt to spread good humor for all who wrestle with the evil forces of bladder cancer.


A Dived Ref said...

Oh dear Steve - that caused me to laugh out loud at 11:30 at night - no doubt waking the household. I almost had a fit with "Beware of my toxic pee!" - my eyes are still watering and my sides hurt. Oh dear - I need to go and lie down in a darkened room now :-)

Thanks Steve - I know sometimes it isn't this funny but I guess once you've been through the absurdity of how they put the BCG in and what you have to do afterwards, you just have to laugh - no one would believe you :-) Thanks for that great post and I'm still smiling away whilst writing this. Well done. I suggest you may wish to run over to Marvel or DC Comics and see if you have a future there?

TK said...

If laughter is the best medicine - and you laughed even 1/2 as hard writing this as I did reading this, then you got quite a dose of good medicine! My eyes are watering.

Love your views on how the right attitude can make a big difference. And I'll say it again, you have so much material for a book or speaking tour - and now you have a new 'brand image!' I'll be there for the book signing -