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Raven had her 1st chemo appointment 2 weeks ago and this morning we went in for a blood work/check up since chemo #2 is scheduled for next week. Her white blood cell count and her platelet counts were low, but within margins to still follow through with chemo next week. More alarming though is that her lymph node next to the front leg amputation site is enlarged. So of course, we are now freaking out about this. It could be the cancer spreading in the lymph node or a reactionary lymph node. Our vet is talking to the oncologist today and is supposed to let us know what direction to go. Has anyone else ever experienced an enlarged lymph node? At time of surgery and 3 follow up appointments, it was never swollen. I feel sick about this. She is back to her happy self and it is gut wrenching to know that this could be very bad news 😥
18 January 2018
I can’t speak to having a swollen lymph node post-amputation, but I can send good vibes your way that Raven is just having a reactionary response. I can imagine how hard this news could be, but keep your head up and stay strong. Chy had an enlarged lymph node before surgery, and all I could think was the worse. Turns out the cancer hadn’t spread, and it was just helping the good fight.
25 April 2007
Has anyone else ever experienced an enlarged lymph node?
Looks like various members have discussed that exact phrase here in the forums. You can also search all blogs here .
We have since learned that Raven’s “enlarged lymph node” is actually a new cancerous tumor. We were given the grim news that we have 2-4 months of quality life left with our baby girl. She underwent another chemo appointment (#2) today and is doing well. The vet also said they felt like the new tumor had stayed the same or maybe even shrunk. We should know in the next 5 days if something with the new drug works or if we will discontinue treatment all together. Thank you all for your support during this very difficult time. I have found this website invaluable. ❤️
I should also mention that raven lost her brother, Hugo 3 weeks ago. (we brought them home the same day, almost 13 years ago). He suffered sudden neurological symptoms from a brain tumor that could not be fixed. I feel like a part of Ravens heart was broken that day, just like her families 💔
All in all, this has been rough. Losing one of my babies during the recovery process and then learning that I will lose the other one quickly is a lot to deal with. I’m just broken right now 💔
13 August 2015
My heart hurts for you! I’m so so sorry for your loss of Hugo. Praying the chemo will help Raven in her newest battle! We lost our Max in January of 2015 and then had to let our Ollie go in April of that same year so when you say you’re broken right now I totally understand! Sending you healing light and prayers. Take one day at a time and be with Raven fully each day. Spoil her and love on her! Cancer may steal some of your tomorrow’s but don’t let it take your today’s. Hugs and love!
Linda & Spirit Mighty Max
25 April 2007
Oh my gosh I’m sorry, it breaks my heart to read this. We always hope those mystery lumps are nothing. When they aren’t, all of us feel the heartache. Cancer is so mean. And to lose Hugo too, during all this, I can’t imagine how hard that is on your pack.
For now, how is Raven doing? I’m going to bet that she’s the same pup as always, enjoying each day she has and making sure that her people are following her lead. Look into her eyes and know that she is the same dog. Whatever the future brings, for now, Raven is still Raven and loving life with the people around her. Hold that feeling close, and it can help get you through the difficult emotions all this brings up.
We will keep our fingers and paws crossed that the therapy works to stabilize the tumor. Keep us posted.
22 February 2013
Take one day at a time and be with Raven fully each day. Spoil her and love on her! Cancer may steal some of your tomorrow’s but don’t let it take your today’s.
Linda & Spirit Might Max
Exactly Linda! It can’t take Raven’s todays, or Spirit, or zest for life, or live of treats and tummy rubs!
Nothing has changed in Raven.s world. Raven doesn’t care what any ole report says and didn’t hear a word ofnit!! There certainly is no timeframe stamped on that vutts! We’ve had dogs vlow thise kinds if “guesses” out of the water time after time!!
Raven is gloriously jumping from one spoiled moment to the next. NOW is all that matters! Do not let that pirce of crap disease rob you of your todays!! Continue to make every day count! EVERYDAY IS RAVEN DAY!!! Extra treats, even some ice cream, and lots of pjotos!!
We’ll continue to send powerful healing energy to your gal! She just may jave already started chasing that tumor away! Shrinking is a good sign!
Cheering for you Raven!!!
Lots of hugs and love
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Ps. So very sorry to hear about your Hugo. So very sorry. When you can, we would love to hear more about Hugo…with pictures of course. Raven has s magnificent Guardian Protector now. That just may be exactly what Raven needs to tip the scales in her favor
If you need help adding images please let us know, okay?
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 just wanted to update everyone. With a shattered heart, I write to let everyone know that Raven has gone to the rainbow bridge . She left her earthly body at 3:42pm on May 22nd. It was one of the hardest decisions that we have ever made. Her lymph node had grown rapidly to the size of a grapefruit. She was struggling and we made the promise to her at the beginning of this journey that we would not let her suffer.
Our hearts are broken & our house is empty. It has been over a week and I just can’t find the heart to put away her kennel, her pillows, her dishes, or any of her bones. Somehow having them out makes it less real. Losing both of my big kids in the past 4 months has been devastating. I don’t even want to vacuum because I know I will never see her fur on our floor again. It sounds so silly, but I just can’t do it yet. We still have our 3.5 year old Boston Terrier, Quinn. She is doing ok but seems lonely. She has not left our side since last Tuesday. She even goes to work with us.
Just wanted to update on Raven & also say thank you to everyone here. It was our first stop on this journey and all of you have been so helpful and so sweet. I will continue to check in every once in a while because I still like to read about everyone’s beautiful warriors. I pray that each one of you will have long, happy, and healthy lives with your beloved fur family members.
22 February 2013
Ohhh Kristen, our dear sweet Kristen. We cry with you today. I’m so very, very sorry. This just breaks our heart. Such a vicious piece of crap disease.
Raven DID get extended quality time with uou for more spoiling and loving, and that’s all that mattered to her💕 She knew she coild count on uou to release her when she needed ro head to the Bridge . She knew you loved her enough to do that.
I’m coming back, but I jist needed to reach out to you as quickly as possible . I know there are no words right now anyway.
I DO know this with absolute certainty, Hugo was there to greet Raven! Can you imagine the reunion as Raven got closer and closer to the Bridge and saw Hugo standing there young and free with tail wagging non-stop “Hurry Raven, hurry! We have soooo much fun to catch up on!”
Surrounding you with love and knowing that Raven is always with you
Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too
25 April 2007
Kristen, our hearts hurt knowing that Raven got her wings. We are so very, very sorry. Losing one dog is hard, losing two in such a short time is unbelievably rough. I cannot even imagine how difficult this is for your pack. I am so sorry.
You did right by your girl. You didn’t let her suffer, and you helped her transition with dignity and grace, exactly as she deserved. And I so love the vision that Sally shared, about her and Hugo. They are together again, looking after Quinn and your pack, and they are forever young, healthy and happy doggies.
Nothing about your grief is silly, not at all. There is no rush to put anything away, just do it when it feels right and not a minute sooner. We all get that here. And I felt the same way when our Jerry got his wings. I left his bed, his toys, all his things out, even the dog fur tumbleweeds that drove me crazy when he was alive. To this day, I still have his old purple sweater, his toy soccer ball and foot ball on our bedside tables. One thing that I did, which helped me a lot, was I put one of his sweaters in a ziploc bag. I would go to it every so often, open it and inhale a big whiff of his lovely scent. Being able to transport my senses right back to him was helpful for me. Over time, the scent faded but my memories grew even stronger, he is now forever in my heart, tumbleweed fur and all.
If and when you are ready, please hop over to Coping with Loss and share more about Raven with us. We will all be here to celebrate her life and all the good times that you had together. You will always be a part of this community.
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