Personally, I expect to be treated like a King! Yeah, like I haven’t been all my life already. But since this site is all about sharing cancer dog experiences to help others prepare and cope, here goes …
During my recent visit with Dr. Mullins, we got the low down on what to expect now that my lung mets have started to really hinder my breathing:
- With one lung only working at about 10% capacity, I can expect to get really tired, really quick. So long walks and playing hard are out of the question.
- With my new medication, hopefully my appetite will return within a few days. But there are no promises at this point.
- There is no stopping the osteosarcoma metastasis anymore. It got smart and found a way to beat the Cytoxan that worked for months as part of my metronomic protocol therapy.
- I will pant heavily and let out a deep wet cough, more frequently as time goes on.
- With a mass as large as I have growing out of control now, there is a small chance that it could fragment and throw a clot into my bloodstream. This could cause a sudden cardiac arrest at anytime.
- At some point in the not too distant future, my people will need to make some serious quality of life decisions.
- All things considered, this is a pretty classic progression of the disease.
The Reality Check
So, how do I feel? I still have that spark in my eye, I wag my tail, I get up and around on my own, and I want to play with every dog I see. And I don’t plan to change a thing.
My prognosis at this point is anywhere from two weeks to two months. But I’ve heard that before. I’m now 22 months post-op and they gave me three to four. An awful lot hinges on my appetite. (I have been starting to snack again already!)
The Good Doctor did mention that a blood clot is actually quite quick and painless. And if my people do need to make the fated call sometime soon, the clinic does handle all arrangements. (Make sure yours does.) These are healthy things to think about, before you have to.
Above all, don’t be sad for me. My story is an astounding success compared to the far too many others who encounter the scourge that is cancer in dogs. For this, we celebrate.