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Libby's Results are in...another cancer :(
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Fort Wayne, IN
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Wow, really?  TCC..transitional cell carcinoma.  Not what I wanted to hear.  I'm a bit numb at the moment.

It's not in a good spot to operate.  Not a good chance of re-section.  The better news is that it is flat against the wall right now. The vet said Metacam has shown to slow the growth.  She has been on that for 9 days now. Also, the lymph nodes attached to the bladder are not enlarged which is also good, I guess.  She said the growth takes up about 1/3 of Libby's bladder.  She went on to say the 2 cancer's aren't related.  I don't think that means anything to me though, not at this point.  I asked her what I can expect.  She said when it gets worse she will stop producing urine.  

She feels the mets will give her trouble before the bladder.  Good gawd, am I suppose to feel better about that? I know they can be wrong but she felt 2 months was a good prognosis.  I have to stop now....Thank you all for your love and concern.

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

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7 March 2014 - 5:57 pm
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Oh, Amy,

I just don't know what to say. I'm so sad and angry for you and Libby right now. It just isn't fair.


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7 March 2014 - 6:20 pm
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I am so sorry to read this .... Oh Amy... I know how you must feel. Like punched in the gut. I didn't know that about the Metacam (Shelby is on that too and her vet said in passing that helps the cancer but I didn't make the connection).... Shelby has been on Metacam since she broke her leg in June (prior to us learning about the hemangiosarcoma).


But Shelby's vets also said 1 -3 months and here we are, almost 6 months later so I don't take a lot of stock in that. 

I wish I had better words for you but I am so incredibly sorry.... hugs and prayers for you and Libby! 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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I just have no words Amy. I don't think any of us saw this coming. I can't even express the anger I feel for you and your family right now. I hope you know I am here for you day or night whatever you need. Just focus on the fact that Libby feels great right now. I know that seems so trite. I am just shocked. I'm effing pissed. Jill's fucking pissed. Sorry but she is. If you need to excuse our NY potty mouths go ahead but I just think this calls for it.
We love you both very very much. Let me know what you need. Even if it's just someone to scream about this to over the phone.
Xoxo always,
Erica and 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 xoxo

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I'm so sorry to hear your girl is going to be fighting another battle.  We're thinking of you tonight, and sending the most heartfelt positive thoughts to Libby.  She is a Warrior!

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I am so sorry to hear this.  I know how hard this is right now.  Whatever you need from us, we are here.  To listen, to vent to, to tell you that you just have to make your next plan of action and keep on loving your Libby so so much.  Again, my heart hurts for you.

Adelaide is a young tripawd Husky, from an injury.  Her amp was on 10/1/12.  She has 4 sisters, Aissa (a senior border collie/chow), Maggie May (a puppy Great Pyrenees), Mathilde and Morrigan and 1 baby brother, Bagheera.  We are all watched over by our angel Brendol, who was dx with OSA 1/30/13, amp on 2/6/13, and left us on 8/20/13.

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Sending you MORE hugs.  I am just stunned.  I'm knocked out.  I feel like I can't breathe.  What the hell is happening?  Libby is too special, too wonderful to have to deal with this.  Yes, yes, she doesn't know she's sick.  But, at some point she'll realize things aren't right.  I know she'll tell you when she can't take it anymore.  We know she won't suffer and that she'll be loved MORE than ever!  Libby is living the best life she possibly could.  You have been and are being the best doggie-mom Libby could ask for.  She'll live out her days, relishing in your love, care, and comfort.

Sending SO much love your way!

And I'll try to redirect my hate and anger elsewhere....

~ 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!

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This definitely isn't what i expected.  I am shocked beyond words.  I have had to retype every word because it had a typo in it.  I honestly don't know what to say this has shocked the Sh t out of me.  Wow.  I am so sorry Amy.  We are here for you no matter what lean on us.



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."

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Thank you, dear friends.  Libby keeps pulling me back into the here and now by insisting we take our nightly walk, which we just got back from.  She made her snow angels and was happy to come home for her nightly treat.  

The tears continue, I can't help it.  

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

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Keeping you both in our hearts tonight.

Ksthi and Murphy

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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7 March 2014 - 8:12 pm
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I'm so sorry :( I wish there was something we could do to help you guys :( just know we all are with you here :(

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I am so sorry this battle just got a bit more difficult for you and sweet Libby, I do understand.......hold on to every day and make it as great as possible, take those walks, give Libby some steak and ice cream, try not to get too consumed with the I have heard many others say here, there is no definite date of expiration.....

Keeping you and Libby in my thoughts.....

Bonnie & Angel Polly

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I am so so sorry to hear about this! Your tears are understandable and as humans, that's how we process. We are here for you. This disease sucks. Praying for you and Libby!



Cody and Family

Cody is our 7 year old Australian Heeler mix boy. Diagnosed on 2/20/14 and became a tripawd 2/21/14! We chose a homeopathic approach and he is being treated by Dr. Loops our of NC.


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You come home..excited..and yet fearful and scared to check the site. You just want all the posts to be good news......and it just doesn't always work out that way..

We all know the kickedi in the gut feeling all to well. We just have to remember that Libby doesn't kow it. I love that she pulled you ito the moment with her by begging for her nighty walk!

Amy, there is so ething you MUST remindyourself and that is that Libby IS a fighter! Libby has already PROVEN statistics don't mean crap to her!! She, and soooooo many dogs n this site, ave proven tme and tme again that statistics just don't mean anything here!! And I don't think there is any better place in the world to study"statistics".....not the ki d they teach in vet school snd repeat over and over. Rather, the ki d of statistics that are REAL TIME., that change weekly because we ALWAYS have someone here beating the the newest "statistic". And if any dog can do that...LIBBY CAN!!

Ya' know, there wss something your vet said that, under the circumstances, is so ething to hang your hat on. Basically, she wasn't as concerned about the bladder issue. Well, look at the dogs here who have lived a great quality life for many, many months after mets were found...MERRY bengoneof them, SASSY another one.

Libbyis 100% sympton free rght now!! None of these issues are affectingher life style at all. Many, many people don't even have periodic xrays and do so only after symptons become prominent. Point being, she will probably be sympton free for quite awhile! Even when symptons do start to appear, she will STILL have plenty of good quality time after that!! And there is no one on the planet who can tell you IF, or when, those mets will grow. They may have been there for quite awhile and may grow very slowly, if at all.

Happy Hannah and I aren't doing anymore xrays For me, to keep "testkng" takes me out of the mo ent and into a state of co sta t worry. She's on Piroxicam and an antibiotic. May switch off the Pirox. at some point and go to Prednisone (after a four or five day wash out period.) I don't need any test or statistic to try and "tell" me how Happy Hannah is doing! When the Onco. told me at four months she was surprised she'd made it that long, I'm jere to tell everyone already one kows how long any of us havez! No e of our dogs or cats have a time frame stamped on their butts! You already know this Amy! We're just here to keep remi dingyou.

And we sre all here for you and none of us are going anywhere...and neitheris Libby!!!

Sending you love and a kowing that all is well in Libby's world!

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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Amy, I am so sorry to read this.  As others have said, we are all here for you, and many of us have been in your shoes so we do get it.  Try to get some rest this weekend.  All of this can overwhelm your brain and body and sometimes a bit of sleep can really give you a charge to keep on keepin' on.  Hugs to you and ear scratchies to sweet Libby.


Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...

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