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First of all -Thanks for listening and being there. I am second guessing myself, sitting here with my beautiful Lily, and feeling concerned that I’m not doing enough. She was diagnosed 12/14/11, amputation on 12/16/11, has had five rounds of carbo, and a clear x-ray on 5/11/12. We are now giving her high protein-low carb diet, 100 mg of  artemisinin , super greens, n actyl cysteine, and probiotics. I just keep having the feeling that I’m not doing enough since chemo ended. I would love any advice about what I should add to her current treatment. We have decided not to do MP until if and when lung mets appear. I think this second guessing all started since chemo ended. That was a definite treatment, and now I feel like I’m in limbo and not sure that we’re doing all we can. Thanks for listening to my crazinessbig-grin I just feel so helpless-love my Lily so much…

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

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2 June 2012 - 6:32 pm
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Lily is so lucky to have you doing so much for her! Please try to stop second-guessing yourself and spend more time enjoying the time you have together. Take Lily’s lead… try to Be More Dog . She does not know she has cancer, and all she wants to do is make the most of every day. Human emotions tend to get in the way of letting us do that. SQUIRREL! smiley

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2 June 2012 - 6:35 pm
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If you have decided to wait on the MP, I don’t think there is much else you can do besides good diet, good supplements (which you certainly seem to be doing) and hoping for the best. I know that feeling of wanting to exhaust every possibility. There is probably a long list of additional things you could try to give her if you really wanted to feel like you were doing “more” but I think there are so many things out there that aren’t proven to help. Have you read Dr. Dressler’s Dog Cancer Survival Guide ? He goes over the supplements in a really nicely organized manner – and only includes the things that seem to have some promise. I found it his book (it’s an ebook so you can download the PDF and start reading it right away) to be a great resource when I was overwhelmed by all the supplement options.

One thing I might suggest is checking out K9 Immunity Plus. Lots of folks here have used that and I think it’s a good product. Plus it’s a tasty little “treat” so not another pill you have to try to sneak past your girl. Oh, thought of one other thing… Butyrex is supposed to help w/ the absorption of the arte. You might want to look into it. But, I will tell you – it’s disgusting smellng and the pills are big, so Abby wasn’t crazy about those.

BTW, it’s easy to let this stuff all make you crazy. I came here many times feeling pretty crazy. You’ve come to the rigth place! Hang in there and try to relax and enjoy these good times with your girl!
Jackie, Angel Abby’s mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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2 June 2012 - 6:45 pm
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Thank you so much; It’s such a huge help to have you here. I am going to try to take Lily’s lead and try to remember that she doesn’t know that she has cancer. I am also going to download Dr. Dressler’s Survival Guide, plus check out K9 Immunity Plus-so glad to know it’s not another pill. 

Thanks so much for all the help and kindness. Joan, Lily’s mom

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

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2 June 2012 - 6:58 pm
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Sorry, just realized where you posted this topic so I’ve moved it here where more members may see it. You originally posted in the Tripawd Talk Radio forum, so be sure to tune in Sunday, June 03 or post your questions here for Dr. Turner.

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2 June 2012 - 11:28 pm
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You’ve gotten some great advice from Abby’s mom and there’s nothing I can add except……

 

What does Frankie say?

 

“RELAX !!”  

 

 

(you’re probably too young to get it! rasberry)

 

Just remember:  for every minute you spend fretting, that is one less minute you have to make a good memory.  Instead of thinking about the cancer (which I know is hard to do), do something like…a car ride, a park visit or taking pictures of Lily!  You have to enjoy this time to the max! 

We are a good sounding board…so feel free to anytime you start feeling anxious! 

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She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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3 June 2012 - 6:09 am
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Been there, done that with the OMG, am I doing enough/what should I do thing… 

One suggestion I might add is doing a phone consult with Dr. Charles Loops, who is a homeopath and treating several dogs for cancer from this site.  Cancer is his specialty.  His website is:  http://www.char…..psdvm.com/

My tripawd Maggie is treated by him and has been since December 2009.  We do daily remedies, rotating between three, to keep her cancer from spreading.

Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

http://maggie.t.....t-24-2013/

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Thank you so much for all the great ideas and understandinglaughing I was really feeling panicked yesterday and feeling helpless. I will relax -I do remember Frankie-( and I’m unfortunately not too young to get itwinker) Tracy, Maggie’s Mom-thanks so much, I will give Dr. Loops a call. I’ve had a hard time locating a homeopathic dr around here. That’s the piece that has been missing. Thank heavens for this site, so many great ideas, dogs, and people!!

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

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