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12 1/2 year old soft tissue sarcoma front left leg, must amputate
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7 November 2016 - 12:36 am
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Hi Jenny, Thanks for updating. That sounds very sensible. Great that she is eating and playing. That's definitely a very good sign. 

All best,

Meg and Clare (and Elsie Pie) xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 8, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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Thanks again folks!  I kept forgetting to add that we did purchase a farabloc blanket to help Cabo......we're are AMAZED at how she seeks it out, will hardly let me straighten it out on her bed without trying to get to it, when she goes to bed in the evening, we move it and she stands in front of her bed until we lay it out, still hurrying to get to it.  

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Thanks for sharing the I for kn the farabloc! I'm sure Jerry will want to use your comments in the Gear page (or somewhere) as a great first hand testimonial.

I have been thinking about trying it out for myself for my arthritis! It's an investment though and I've been on the fence for a looong time. Cabo's experience may just take me off that fence!!

Thanks for keeping us posted!

Hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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11 November 2016 - 10:54 am
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Ohhhhh now I'm putting two and two together....so glad to hear Cabo is digging the blanket! That is such great feedback, thank you for letting us know. Sally's right, we love hearing about others' experiences with it.  Thanks!

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I'd never even heard of these blankets. I'm now very tempted to try one.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 8, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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14 November 2016 - 1:29 pm
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I never heard of it either.  Way cool. It said it was for humans too.  My mom suffers with arthritis.  Wonder if it would help her???

How is Cabo?  Ready for surgery yet?  Keeping our paws crossed.  Paw 5 from Angel Bandit and Deb

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25 November 2016 - 4:46 pm
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Thanks Deb, I did see the blankets for human use...just google the name.  

Cabo is doing fine.  We revisited the amputation surgery again with her vet, who knows everything about Cabo's health, hips and her personality......she agreed with our decision to not proceed with amputation, she also felt Cabo would not be able to be 3 legged.  We struggled with this decision for the past 3 weeks, but have come to be comfortable with our decision.  She'll continue with pain meds, as needed, her acupuncture treatments, and using her water treadmill that we have for her at home.  I've found that when I fill the tub to over 18 inches it takes the stress off her leg more, and she doesn't have pain while walking in it......she also gets a water massage after, no walking just water and jets, she seems to enjoy that too.  

I cannot thank everyone on this forum enough for all the love, insight, and compassion they provided our family. 

HUGS AND LOVE

Jenny and Cabo

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I'm glad you have come to a decision that you feel good about.  It is really hard to make these decisions when there are so many factors to consider.  It is clear how much you love Cabo!

Please don't think that your time here is over because you have decided against amputation.  You and Cabo are part of this family now and we want you to stay a part of this community as your journey continues.  We have had several pups here that didn't have amputation for one reason or another, we consider them (and Cabo) honorary Tripawds.  The cancer journey is hard no matter how many legs you have, its nice to have a support system to help along the way.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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Hi, Jenny:

My boy had STS and did have amputation, but I wanted to share that post amp (and his STS was very advanced and we knew it was almost certain to recur), we did metronomic chemo that included Palladia, which has been very successful with creating stasis with inoperable mast cell tumors and also some success for STS tumors.  Just thought I would throw that out there for you to discuss with vet  or vet oncologist to see if it might be part of your non surgical approach. It is an expensive drug, but I do believe it was effective for us for a while.

Lisa, Minneapolis

On October 27, 2016, nearly 6 months after amputation, and 18 months since his cancer likely started, we lost Pofi to a recurrence of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in his spine quite suddenly.  His Daddy and I miss him terribly along with his canine sister, Mia, and two feline siblings, Lucia and Cliff.

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It IS a relief when you make a decision and can move forward! Your decision is out of love and knowing Cabo best and that is ALWAYS the right decision!! Actually,I think Cabo may have given you a little "hint" with that bout of diarrhea as fas as how she wanted to lroceed. Sounds like your treatment plan of acupuncture, the hydrotherapy, the pain meds abalanced d the farabloc blanket are working well!

Of course, the very best treatment plan is spoiw like crazy!! Ice cream! Steak! Pizza!! Cheeseburgers!! Macaroni and cheese! Milk Bones! And more ice cream!!!

Make EVERY day CABO DAY!!

Remember, Cabo does NOT have a timeframe stamped anywhere on her butt!! A "diagnosis" doesn't mean squat ro her!! She is living in the NOW and not worrying about a thing!!

As Karen said, you and Cabo are now our family and we are here with you!! We'll be cheering for your sweet girl! We would @ooooove to see pictures and video!! Michelle always reminds js to take pictures with ourselves in them too!

Looking forward ro hearing about all the ways you are spoiling Cabo!

LOVE AND HUGS!!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie!

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Thanks Sally and I've probably packed on, at least, 5 pounds since this journey started!  LOL! 

Here is a video I took of Cabo the other day, she was feeling feisty!

Cabo feeling feisty

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Deb, I bought the farabloc blanket for my arthritis and I think it helped but last spring I found I was getting over heated at night (may be age related) so I haven't used it lately. I think I'll try it again this winter.

Jenny, your little Cabo is so adorable with a very expressive tail. I think she likes to show off for the camera!

I hope the surgery and recovery goes well.

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Hello, it's been a while since I updated on Cabo's journey......we spend the winters in Florida and obtained a 2nd opinion a few weeks ago, still the same curative option would be full amputation.  We've adjusted her meds and she's doing better getting around, so we are pleased with her progress.  We will be doing 4 rounds of palliative radiation, starting on the 16th.  Her blood work came back and is still very good, x-rays showed clear lungs, lymph nodes are normal, so we are going to see how she does with the first treatment and move forward accordingly, we'll then re-visit possible amputation when the time comes.....this is truly a journey.

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Caboooooooo. I'm so glad to hear life is good. It must be all that Florida sunshine!

We're always curious about how palliative radiation therapy works for our members so when you're humans get a chance to share more about your experience, we'll be waiting to read about it. Good luck with your first treatment!

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