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16 August 2008
The 16th of this month marked 3 months since diagnosis. I am happy to report that Gracie flew through all 4 of her chemo treatments. She had her last treatment this month. She had no side effects with any of them. We feel very lucky for that. Gracie acts better than she has in years. Her Dr. did blood work in between each of the chemo visits. All blood work came back in normal range. I was happy that her white blood count remained high.
She continues to be on a grain free diet. We also continue to give her K9 immunity /trans factor/fish oil & cottage cheese with flax oil. I cook for her each morning & night. She usually gets fresh deer meat with a mix of raw veggies & her cottage cheese on top. She begs for her food & her weight has climbed since diagnosis & has steadied at about 55lbs.
Gracie has been getting along great on 3 legs. At first we didn’t want her getting up & down on the couch (her fav.spot). Being the protective fur parents we are but…..she is now back to her couch potato self. I know it makes her happy.
That is pretty much how we live…we keep her happy…give extra kisses & thank our lucky stars.
All though Gracie’s Dr. isn’t very positive. I think he is pretty much a "that’s what the book says" man. I sometimes think that he doesn’t want to give us false hope. But…we feel that Gracie is doing great. I don’t know how long we have with her but I know we aren’t gonna sit around and think "oh….3 months or 6" or "this is what is gonna happen next" we are staying positive. We know that Gracie is a pretty different & special dog so…why should her cancer be any different.
We will be doing chest x-rays the day after Thanksgiving. Her Dr. said that’s all the more we can do (no more chemo) he said 4 is the normal for this type of cancer.
So, keep your fingers & paws crossed. Have a great Thanksgiving. I know that we have a lot to be thankful for this year!
26 July 2008
Such wonderful news. We are also in our third (going on fourth) month post diagnosis with Radar. It’s amazing how we now count the days, weeks and months when before the diagnosis we didn’t. However, through doing that we learn to cherish every moment. Let us know how the followup x-ray is.
Connie & Radar
25 April 2007
Yeay Gracie! You are a superstar We are so happy to hear that you’re handling everything so well. Thanks for the update, as we know how sharing stories like yours can give so much hope and encouragement to other Tripawds and their pawrents.
Sounds like you are getting all the right things; good eats, lotsa love, and pawsitivity! Deer meat eh? Cool!
I used to have a "by the book" vet. He was a very scientific man, and knew his stuff, but it didn’t do a lot for my pawrents mental health, or mine for that matter. Your pawrents seem like really strong, happy people who take that kind of attitude with a grain of salt. Good for them!
We encourage you though, to discuss the Metronomic Protocol with your oncologist/vet, as another way to help give you a longer quality of life. Many dogs receive it after their initial chemo sessions. You can read about my experience with it here.
But many vets still haven’t heard of it. We hadn’t either, until we met my oncologist, Dr. Mullins. She will be giving a talk on our live chat forum on Tuesday, December 2nd at 5pm Pacific, so if you want to ask her about it, please join us.
Keep us posted, and have a happy thanksgiving girlfriend! You rock!
27 July 2008
We’re so happy to hear your 3 month ampuversary is going really well and we, too, would like to hear what the vet says about her chest x-rays. Your pawsitive attitude is certainly an inspiration to all of us and we hope you will continue to update us with Gracie’s progress.
Your friends, Blazer, Kitty Kimber & Mom (Vicki)