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My HAPPY HANNAH--big lung tumor..falling to pieces over here...crushed
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I just saw your post, and I feel like I just got a huge kick in the gut...I echo Jill's sentiments. Please, please know that we are all here for you-you are such an important part of all of us in this family. You're always there for us, and you have brought so much joy to all of us. Your precious Happy Hannah is so, so fortunate to have you-please give her huge hugs and kisses from Lily and me. 

Let us be there for you--for whatever you feel like saying or feeling--we are all there for you!!  Spoil and love Happy Hannah just like you always do--we love you both and if we could reach through the computer and give you both huge hugs; we would!!

I do agree with trying some holistic remedies-there have been some wonderful suggestions already.

Thinking of you and Happy Hannah!

Joan and Lily


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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That sucks!

You can certainly give the piroxicam a try although if she does develop a cough then I would go to the prednisone .  It is a stronger anti-inflammatory than the piroxicam and seems to help with appetite, etc.  On piroxicam you need to watch for GI problems such as dark stools or vomiting.

I do know how this cancer can blindside you.  My Tazzie was doing so well and I had just taken lung rads then BAM one day she could not get up and had pain (spinal mets).  All we can do is love them a lot and make every day count.  You obviously have taken great care of Hannah and you probably picked up on the lung met earlier than most people would have.


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4 March 2014 - 6:40 pm
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JILL!!!!!   LOVE, and much needed laugh for all of us!!!aw-shucks

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4 March 2014 - 6:48 pm
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Oh Sally and Happy Happy Hannah! I was so sorry to read this today and our hearts go out to you and the big love. Enjoy every minute of that big snortin and snuffling girl and I'm glad she is still her Happy Happy Hannah self for you right now. We are sending big hugs and sloppy mastiff kisses your way tonight.


PS: Jill, well said.



Hurricane Rosie and family

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Jill, thank you, that was the first good, honest, much needed chuckle I have been able to have for a long while, now, and truly enjoyed it.......

Bonnie & Angel Polly

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Jill pretty much sums it all up.  She said said we are all thinking.

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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^ x 2. Exactly.

Kathi 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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Licks from Harley to Happy Hannah...Hugs from both of us to you Sally! I haven't been on the site in a while because Harley has been doing so well.

The folks here are all wonderful...and you have added and touched so many of us with your insight and compassion.

It is our turn to reach out and be here for you...

You & Happy Hannah are in our positive thoughts and prayers!

Ilene & Harley you!

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I can't write much because I am so sad and crying. I've been AWOL on this site because I have a 7 wk old puppy with a UTI and a pissed off other dog. But when I read about Hannah being ill I had a bad feeling. I will add more later. Please know you and your girl are in our thoughts.

Penny, Blink, Hank and Spirit Maggie

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I saw the call out for prayers and healing thoughts from Sassy's mom today and all I could think was....!@#$%^&*!!! bleepin cancer!

I'm so sorry!  I wanted to post and let you know that!

I also did say a prayer for you two ( and ask that my former language ^^^ be excused).

It's ok to cry, we all do it and need to do it sometimes....Be kind to you!

Give Hannah some extra treats and a belly rub!

Bud's mama

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Oh, Sally! My heart is breaking for you! Cancer is so awful! I know exactly how you feel. My corie went over the rainbow bridge just this morning. And two weeks ago I had X-rays done on her and her cancer had spread everywhere. It's so devastating, I also didn't want to burden everyone with my terrible news. Only now I wish I had your courage and did it anyway, it would have made the last two weeks less stressful. I was so afraid everyday of weather or not it would be THE day for her to go. And watching her get sicker and sicker and not being able to do anything about it.
You have been so supportive of me and my journey, I hope to be able to give you the same comfort you have so freely given to me. I'm not always on the forums, but because of your kindness you are very often in my thought and always in my heart. I'll keep a closer eye out for your posts.


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Oh Cories Mom!

I am so very, very sorry to hear about Corie. PLEASE make a post so everyone can supportyou. It's not too late to be supplrted, okay? And just like you wanted to reach out and help me, we all wamt t reachout and help you.

Corie was soooooo loved. Goodness kows, youleft no stne jnturned when you were first trying to figure out wht was going on. I'm going to PM tablet is freezingup...somp,ease keep checkng,okay? Gosh, I still can'r believe it! PLEASE, agan, PLEASE make a post whenyo can. Beng supported bypeople who care...people whouncerstand...does help!

Sendingnyoulove and surrondingnyou with Corie's eternal grace...and waggng tail!

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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Thanks Sally, I want to post some more pictures of her I just need a little time.

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Sally .. oh, noooooo!  I am just so very sorry.  sadsadsad

I don't post here very often so I don't know you (or anyone) that well, but I DO know how supportive and caring you are for every single member here.  I'm glad you did post, because it lets everyone support you in the way you have always support everyone else.  It's so hard to handle bad news alone, and this news is just devastating .. I know, because I had a dog in the past with cancer which spread to her lungs and seeing those x-rays, and knowing how her breathing had worsened over the last week I just dissolved into tears on the spot. 

Happy Hannah must surely be one of the best loved dogs on the planet - and will continue to be loved and cared for until she eventually has to leave you - and I hope that is not for a long time yet.  Many, many hugs to you, and ear scritches to Hannah. 

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Why is it as Doggy Moms, we beat our selves up and feel so guilty. Please don't do that! You are a great Mom to Hannah. It is ok to fall apart and cry. I wNt to thank you for the support and kind words you have had for me on my journey. My husband sums it up pretty well when I get in self blame mode for something I did or did not do. He says don't blame yourself, blame the cancer. Oh how I have come to hate cancer. I am praying for both you and Hannah.

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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