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17 June 2013 - 1:19 pm
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hi everyone,thank you for everyone who responded and shared their stories about their own dogs. it really has helped gain perspective on what I'm up against add we visit the oncologist tonight. I've noticed the tumor in his leg getting bigger, just in the week we've waited to get in. he limps from time to time even with pain meds. making the official decision regarding our course of action to proceed. He's a very big dog and amputation may not be an option for him, so pain management and discussing when euthanasia is the best time..I'm sick at the thought of this but I guess this week has given me the opportunity to gain as much knowledge and personal stories as I can so that going into this I'm at least somewhat prepared for what I'm going to be presented with. my heart hurts regardless.thanks for listening
.Lori, mom of chuck the saint Bernard

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Hi Lori,

 

Good luck at the appointment tonight.  I know, for me, I felt (while still muy anxious and terrified) much better after the oncologist appointment.  I felt as if we had a plan and a course of action.  I felt as if I had a little more control over the situation.  I hope you get some comfort as well after you appointment tonight and have a nice plan in place.

 

Let us know how it goes - and don't forget to stop by the chat room if you want to discuss how it went!!

 

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Erica & Jill

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at http://jillsjou.....ipawds.com. xoxo

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17 June 2013 - 5:47 pm
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whatever your "decision" , it will be made out of love and in the best interest of Chuck....ad that's a right decision!

Chuck is without. ow and, other than so e disco fort which you are managing, he is enjoying the loving and spoilng that a magnificent Saint Bernard like Chuck deserves!!

Let NOTHING rob you of being g present with Chuck!! He's not worrying, he's not wasting energy on bogus time frames, he's just content being with you in the here and. now!

And for those of us what have a tablet whose keyboard disappears every five mi utes a d won't let you log onto tripawds half the to e.....loading..-..loading......loading!! and can't get into chat room ......please give us a post update when you can!!

We are all here for you on this journey. You are a strong, lovi g, selfless ad ovate for Chuck. Sending yo lots of strength, calm a d serenity. Keep on making happy "forever. memories" with hour boy.....he'll enjoy every second of it!!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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17 June 2013 - 7:23 pm
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Thanks for checking in, best wishes in the decision you face. Please keep us posted.

If amputation is not an option for chuck, ask your oncologist about Bisphosphonates or radiation.

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Hey everyone,
again, can't thank you enough for all your support. based on literally every aspect of our lives, chucks life, his history (already.had bloat prior to osa diagnosis, family history among other physical concerns) We are going to try the chemo plus biophosphonate route. part of it is my own anxiety of amputating in his condition, part of it is my doctors overall demeanor regarding current outcomes from the treatment plan (optimistic considering circumstances) it doesn't mean amputation is out of the question in the near future, Just for us it seems like it is for now. treatment starts Thursday. if for some reason this route isn't working, amp is still a possibility. chuck is still doing well, minus a limp once and a while. He's spunky, and in overall good spirits, so hopefully we can manage this as long as we can. I definitely will stop by the chat room . you guys have been such a huge support. and yes, just having a plan of action in this case makes me feel better. I promise no more random questions about Mets to his brain.lol ( he's acting more normal as I've been acting more normal, go figure lol) anyway, thanks again. I honestly could not have rationally got through this week without this site
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lori and chuck

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Lori, it's great to hear you have a plan and sound so upbeat. Amputation isn't for every dog, and even though you aren't going that route, we are here to support you so do keep us posted on how treatments are going. Bisphosphonates are something lots of folks ask about and in fact have had a lot of success with by adding more quality time to their pup's life. We send all our good energy that it does the same for Chuck.

Many hugs to you and Normal Chuck! ;)

 

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18 June 2013 - 9:07 am
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Lori,

 

You are a great Mom to Chuck - you are his best advocate!  It sounds like you did all the research, found a great oncologist and came to a family decision as for whats best for your dog!  And you have the right attitude about the whole thing!  Chuck is one lucky DAWG!  I echo what Jerry says, I hope you stick around and keep us posted about Chuck's journey!  We are very accepting around here ;) heck they even let me stick around with my kitty cat!  Also, let us know if you have any questions about the chemo as many of us have gone through that part!

 

Wishing you the best of luck as you begin your journey!

 

Erica & Jill

Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at http://jillsjou.....ipawds.com. xoxo

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18 June 2013 - 12:38 pm
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Good job Chuck and Lori! You know your dog so well and you really, really are doing what-s best for him. Great that you have a plan and we are keeping all paws crossed form you.

Really applaud your diligence and putting Chuck's best interest as number one priority! You will have some great quality time to love and spoil and love and spoil AND PHOTOS! We love photos....especially of a brave boy named Chuck!!

We are all here as your extended family and want to support you in any way you need!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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Thank you guys so much. I've been on my iPad through most of this and am still trying to figure out how to upload pics of the big guy. Lol (my computer is old and slow, so been waiting to get to one that's faster one to set up the blog and whatnot. Still plan on blogging my experience as I go through this, because we still may end up amputating anyway, and I figure if our current game plan leads to amp, maybe someone out there can get some insight based on our experience. ;) chuck starts treatment thurs so I'm sure ill be in the chats before and after as well as updating here. Hope everyone else is doing well :)

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lorimomofasaint said
on my iPad through most of this and am still trying to figure out how to upload pics...

Here are the instructions for adding photos to forum posts.

NOTE: On the iPad you will not have the Rich Text editor (only the plain text editor with no button for embedding images). Paste the image file URL on a line by itself in your post and if it does not embed, people can click the link to view it. If you do not already share photos online somewhere, upload them to the Media Library in your blog. View our Help Videos or post in the tech Support forum is you need additional assistance.

Hope this helps!

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