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At the request of the good people here, we are starting this topic so that pawrents can share their stories and advice for dealing with lung metastasis. What do you do after you learn your fur kid has lung mets? How are you and your Tripawd coping?
25 April 2007
2 November 2008
Blackjack here. My mom just took me for my last chemo rx today. My pawrents decided not to do lung x-rays as they are not going to pursue any more chemo. I have done pretty well so far, and they will keep me on supplements, a modified Budwig diet and some Innova Evo, as well as some raw foods and bones.
My mom had a sad day, today, thinking of the fact that the odds are not great for me. When she spoke with the oncologist today, she was crying a bit. But, the oncologist agreed with her and told her that if I were her dog, she would probably do the same thing. She said that sometimes the anxiety of waiting for the next x-ray and what it might show can change the way we relate to one another. And that is the thing. My pawrents love me so much that they want our time together to be as good as it can possibly be. I was quite the racer in my heyday, so they know that I am a fighter. I may live longer than anyone expects, or I may not, but I sure love being here and with people, and I try to show them that every chance I get.
So, I guess that we won't know whether I have lung metastases or not until closer to the end. By then, I hope I've had lots of opportunites to show everyone I meet that I have enjoyed every moment regardless of that leg I lost (and don't even remember at this point.) I agree with spirit Jerry, Jim and Renee – we're doing “everything” in the most meaningful way that we can.
Well, gotta go. I hear the backyard and my brother, Zoom, calling me! Go, Tripawds!
Hi Blackjack and Nancy,
Well, some days are like that, we know how you feel Nancy. And we too took the same route you did as far as x-rays go. It's not for everyone, and no path is the “right” path, every family is different.
And as far as the odds go, well, there are lots of dogs here who beat em for much longer than our vets expected. So just keep on living your life, and living it up, like we know you will. Be present, and have fun, always.
Say Hi to Zoom!
13 May 2008
I visited Dee last night. He looks very well indeed!! He was barking, wagging his tail, licking my face – just being his old self!! I know that he has realised and accepted his fate a long time ago – it is just us humans that have been struggling to accept it. I cannot believe that my brave dog has been fighting this terrible desease for the past 8 months … and counting… how long is that in dog years?? He's been doing this by stricking to his healthy diet, getting enough attention and love and doing the things that he loves doing…
Yes, he has lung mets, but his life is not over yet. He has too much spark in his eyes to give up on this fight now! The Matema drops helps him sleep at night – it calms him and at least he gets a good nights rest. My mother do not give it to him during the day – which means that he is not really getting the full dosis that he is supposed to get. The drops makes him sleepy and if we only have days or weeks left with him, we dont want him drugged up and sleepy… Rather be his old best self!!
Well, I am hoping for the best, but expecting the worse… but one thing is for sure – Dee has not given up the fight!! And we will support him as long as he is up for it!! (Our furry friends are much braver that we are!!)
Lots of love and licks from Dee!