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I wish the news was better to share, but unfortunately it’s not. I was waiting until Monday, 10/28, to post happy news about Charley’s big 3 Year Ampuversary, but I guess that wasn’t in the cards.
We just left the oncologist after Charley’s 3 year follow up for osteosarcoma…. and I just got done crying, for now.
Dr. Buss found a 3 cm hard lump that’s moveable close to Charley’s amptation site. He aspirated it and he doesn’t like the look of the cells and it’s definitely a cancer. He thinks it’s either a soft tissue sarcoma or an OS met. We’ll find out tomorrow when he gets the pathology report back.
Best case scenario, it’s a soft tissue sarcoma and we can have it removed with clear margins and that’s the end of the story. Worst case scenario, it’s an OS met…and we have much bigger issues.
We go back Wednesday morning to meet with the surgeon as long as it’s a soft tissue sarcoma. It would be an aggressive surgery to remove it since it’s close to his amp site and a lot of the tissue has already been removed, but we are willing if it’s a possibility. We are not giving up on Charley now, just like we didn’t give up on him over 3 years ago.
The positive news if there is any is that Charley’s chest rads appeared clear, but we’re waiting on confirmation from the radiologist.
Please keep Charley in your thoughts and prayers. I’m devastated…
14 June 2012
27 December 2012
Thanks for creating this! I’m subscribing and will be partially holding my breath until you post more. What a night. Come on, Charley! You got this, pal!!!
~ Katy & Jackson
ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12. Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ! No side effects. We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments. He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors! Our love. Our funny little guy!
16 October 2012
Keep fighting Charley. We are all pulling for you. We are praying if it is the nasty C word that is its the lesser of 2 evils
Michelle & Angel Sassy
Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013
05/04/2006 - Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19 fought cancer for 4 months.
"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."
27 May 2012
I am so sorry this is happening, I will be thinking of you and Charley and praying for the best prognoses for Charley.
Amanda & Angel Porthos xxx
Angel Porthos, Pyrenean Mastiff, 7 years old Os front right leg, DX 18 May 2012, Amputation 14 June 2012, Hip Dysplasia, Two TPLO surgeries. Is now somewhere over the rainbow, 21 November 2013.
22 February 2013
I posted thison your blog, but wanted to “re-share” it. Odd how these things happen.
I saw Misty’s post today and wanted to go back through her journey to get to know Miaty better. This quote was on Misty’s post when she fou d out she had mets after amp. It was rom Shely’s mom
“When you start missng what isn’t gone…you lose what’s still left
And that’s how Misty and Shelvy and every single angel dog here continues to reach out and touch loves!
CHARLEY! You keep on keeping on! We STILL have a big three year ampuversary to celebrate!! And it’s gonna be huge!!
Look forward to your post MONDAY with some ore of those wonderful photos from yoir blog! We love that hapy-go-lucky Charley!! And we love you!!
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!
I am hoping for the best possible outcome in the path report. No matter what comes back Charlie is still here and he (and us) will celebrate his 3 YEAR survival mark. Charlie is a true warrior and an inspiration- nothing can change that.
Karen and Spirit Maggie
17 March 2012
I just wanted to stop over here to say how much we are thinking of you. We know you won’t give up on Charlie – you never have and you never will. Lots of good thoughts and love are coming your way.
K, an 8 year old chocolate lab, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the radius and ulna on 12/23/11. She had stereotactic radiation to kill the bone tumors, and 3 rounds of carboplatin. On 3/16/12, lung mets were found. We tried several different kinds of chemotherapy to slow the lung mets but none worked. Finally, mets appeared at other sites, including her spine. She earned her angel wings on July 15, 2012. K changed my life, and I'll never forget her. Our/my journey is chronicled at romp-roll-rockies.blogspot.com.
3 December 2012
I’m effing pissed. Sorry. I can’t help it but this is crap. I know it’s going to be good news I just do Ellen. I have to believe that for you guys. Charley is one of Jills biggest heros and we are pulling for you. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts all day tomorrow.
All my love,
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
18 September 2013
10 December 2011
Charley — you can BEAT THIS! Daisy and I are keeping all paws, fingers and toes crossed that this is just a bump in your journey.
You have the entire Tripawd Nation standing with you. We are sending our best thoughts, wishes, prayers, and juju your way. Keep up the good fight!
Marla and Daisy
My Two Tripawds...Biscuit and Spirit Daisy
28 November 2008
It looks like the pathology report won’t be back until Monday 10/28 (which is ironically his 3 Year Ampuversary).
We tentatively scheduled Charley’s surgery for Thursday 10/31 with the same surgeon that did his amputation 3 years ago, pending the pathology results. Depending on the path report and the surgeon’s physical exam of how operable the tumor is, Charley may need an MRI on Friday and then surgery the following week. Worst worst case scenario is that the tumor is inoperable.
We are still praying and hoping that this is an operable soft tissue sarcoma and not a return of the osteosarcoma.
Hugs and chocolate Labby kisses,
Ellen and Charley xoxo
25 January 2013
Hang in there Charley and Ellen! Sending “chocolate Labby” hugs your way!
Amy & Libby
Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13. Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14. She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self. Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14