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Virginia




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5 April 2022 - 1:53 pm
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As far as emotional support..here we are!  Right here!  Plus we have a Helpline you can call anytimemand one of our volunteers are here to help you over the "hurdle" and answer any questions..

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Of course you are crying silly girl!!  You are exhausted  mentally and physically  and filled with uncertainty and lots of fear.  Yeah, we get it!!  So go ahead and cry and vent and scream, okay?  I do find that eating lots of junk food and chocolate  and ice cream is  a great stress reliever for me.  Actually, t's just great anytime!

Ca t really address the protocol yoir Vet suggest as far as the infusion and the Carboplatin  starting now. A month out for the path report to come back seems a very long time. So. not sure of the situation in your area or where the pathology  is done.  

Can tell you that as far as Carboplatin, IF....IF...there are side effects they are usually mild and onlymlast a couple  of days AND can be somewhat  prevented.    Nausea  and a bit of lethargy and maybe off food a bit can show up.  HOWEVER, the Vet will send you home with Cerenia to stop the nausea  and you can get all sorts of yummy foods to entice her to eat.  Many dogs sail through  with no issues st all.  Rarely, a dog may have a "bad" reaction and a reduction in dose doesn't seem to help, ......but the good news is, you can stop Carboplatin  anytime and any side effects subside pretty quickly 

Celebrate that she is moving past the biopsy recovery. Joaquina is a Champ indeed!  And so are you!!!

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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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5 April 2022 - 8:52 pm
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Hey it's good to hear from you, thank you for stopping by.

I can't blame you for being worried. We all understand how emotional and exhausting this is. You don't need to apologize, ever. This journey has many emotions and not all of them are happy. And this IS your emotional support thread 🙂

Yes, call the Tripawds Helpline anytime! 

Now here's what I can tell you based on what I've seen here:

Carboplatin is one of the most well tolerated chemotherapy drugs. Some dogs do have mild side effects like nausea or lack of appetite. But most dogs do really well on it! It is the "Go To" choice and "Gold Standard" treatment for bone cancer. Ask your vet for an anti-nausea medication just in case she experiences those side effects. Hopefully she will not.

Yes, you spelled pamidronate correctly. It is a bisphosphonate, and your vet is giving it to Joaquina to help with pain control and strengthening her bones. It's another "Gold Standard" treatment. 

She is in great hands, try to focus on her beautiful, happy spirit! The only way cancer "wins" is if we let it overcome our emotions and steal precious time away from those we love.

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25 April 2022 - 12:34 pm
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Hello My dearest community!

It is with a huge amount of relief and happiness that I want to tell you that the results for Joaquina's second biopsy and the second opinion of her first biopsy came in and IT IS NOT CANCER.

The best way her ortho and oncologist explained it to me is that apprently her bone is producing a sort of callus because of wear on her joint. The oncologist still would like to do a CT Scan to discard any tumors swirling around in her body since she did explain that this reaction could be as a secondary reaction to a tumor. She doesn't think is that since the presentation is way different than what Joaquina is looking like but still given the scare we had we all just want to play it in the safe side.

She will still continue with pamidronate to strengthen her bones, weight loss diet to relieve weight stress from her joints, and physical therapy.

I want to thank so much each and everyone of you that posted, read, and gave me your words of wisdom. It has been the most scary months in my life and knowing I had a community behind all of us was just a bliss.

Thank you!

Virginia




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25 April 2022 - 3:54 pm
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WOW!!!!!!  Talk about a roller coaster ride, your journey definitely fits that description!!!   Apunds like you can finally get off that crazy ride amd get your feet firmly  planted on the ground!!!

Thrilled to see thos update, absolutely  thrilled.  AND this is quite informative about a rather unique situation.   

Now give that sweet girl a vig smooch for us!!  Good job...both of you!

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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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25 April 2022 - 9:44 pm
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Woah! Wow that is a huge and happy turn of events! Thank you for letting us know how things have turned out. You had so many really smart people working on her, going with their gut instincts that there was something else going on. Talk about a scare! So is there a name for the condition? It sounds like severe osteoarthritis to me, but I'm no vet.

You and your sweet pup have been through soooo much. This has been an emotional time and I'm so happy that now these are happy emotions you are feeling. Not having cancer is amazing! 

When is the CT scan happening? We'll keep our paws crossed for more good news.  

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16 May 2022 - 12:08 pm
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Hi community! Hope you are doing great.

I am so sorry for not updating you guys but as you know sometimes life happens.

Joaquina had her CT and it is all clear, no masses, no anything, no cancer. Her ortho believes that what could have happened was that Joaquina at some point injured her bone and when the bone tried to repair itself it started doing so without much order, hence the enlargement of her joint. She will still get a dose of pamidronate every month, she will keep going to physical therapy, diet, and now she has a brace we put a few hours a day on her leg.

Thank you everyone for all your support!

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Hey there! No need to apologize, we are just SO HOPPY that Joaquina is doing so well! WOW!

It's the happiest conclusion to her situation that we could ever hope for. Thank you for taking time to let us know, not just for us, but for other people in the future who read about her situation. Your and Joaquina's story gives hope to others! WONDERFUL!!!

She is on the road to better health, no pain, and she can live life to the fullest. Lucky dog! And I'm sure you learned so much too. It's a win for everypawdy!

Virginia




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16 May 2022 - 8:07 pm
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We love good news arou d here!!!  Thanks so much for the update!!  Yes, this will be very helpful  AND hopeful for mothers who get on a similar  roller coaster ride.

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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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