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29 November 2022 - 4:44 pm
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Hi community, I wasn’t entirely sure where to post this but I figured I’d do it in this thread.

last time I came in here I was telling you of a bulge that appeared out of nowhere, we did surgery to remove it and it was sent to pathology. Results came back and sadly is mamary osteosarcoma. In a way Ian relieved that we know but in a bigger way I am sad. We were told this type of cancer is very aggressive and we are looking at 2 to 4 months. 
I feel awful for saying this out loud but my take is to follow palliative care because even with chemo we might prolong her life but only for another 2 months. 
I remember on our first cancer scare that I was told time and time again that these numbers are statistics and don’t talk about my Joaquina but I can’t bare the thought of putting her through treatment that won’t help and just see her decay from that treatment.

anyway just thought I would share.

Virginia




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30 November 2022 - 9:26 am
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Well that just sucks.  Of course, as always though, Joaquina didn't  hear a word of this and jist continues  to get on with gettin' on.

You are making  a decision  on the path forward for Joaquina out of love, and that is ALWAYS the "right" decision. ♥️   'Been  on this site ,king enough to know with chemo, or without, it's pretty much a crap shoot.  As far as pallative care, that is still a "treatment " but without poking, prodding, Vet visits, side effects, etc.  And many Vets concur that it can actually  extend  quality time because  all needs for comfort are addressed, as well as massive amounts of doing, yummy food and tummy rubs.  

As tarsus hoomans, there is a freeing in knowing  your only focus is just "being" without staying g on edge about Vet visits,  possibly dealing  with side effects, etc.

As you already know, all Joaquina  cares about is quality  time with you.  Poasible  "extra" days on a calendar mean nothing to her, especially  if it interferes  with her jist flowing effort from one spoiled moment t to the next.  

And we need to see pictures of her soaking up all the .loving, okay?  

((((((((Hugs)))))))

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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30 November 2022 - 10:53 am
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Oh my DOG I'm sorry! I just saw this and I'm stunned. Mammary osteosarcoma is something I had never heard about, and there's little data on the condition. What I saw is what the vets reported to you. My heart hurts for you and sweet Joaquina. I wish I could make things better.

I agree, there is a freedom to not having your lives filled with vet visits and medication. There is a freedom to just being together while managing any pain and quality of life together. Soaking up the sun, being present, these are all life-affirming things that dogs try to tell us all along during their very short lives. Joaquina came to you to remind you of those lessons (something tells me you were already quite familiar with them!). And she found you when she needed a compassionate, loving, and patient human the most. You have both given and received such love, so many gifts, these are things that cancer will never take away.

What did the vet give you for palliative care? Did they give her a pain assessment? How is she doing?

Spoil that girl rotten, and let her know we are sending tons of love to her, and you as well. Keep us posted. sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2

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17 January 2023 - 11:55 am
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Hi Community,

It is with a very very heavy heart that I share that my Joaquina has gone over the rainbow. She earned her beautiful angel wings (and I do believe her amputated leg) just right before Christmas. We fought so so hard and my peace is that now she is ok, no pain, no cancer, and just happy like she always was.

It has been so hard getting adjusted to not have her. I work from home so she and I were together since we woke up right to when we went to bed, it has been a lot of re-learning to do so much on my own.

I want to thank all of you who posted, who shared, who gave me words of encouragement, who just came to read; all your support I always felt it and went with me when I was having trouble coping with all that came with having my Joaquina sick.

I hope down the road I can go into the forums and give support to others, right now I just can’t find that in me.

Thanks everyone and a huge hug from me to you!

Virginia




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17 January 2023 - 3:05 pm
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So very, very, very sorry to read this.  Believe me, we are crying with you right now.  We understand the depth of  your love for Joaquina.  We felt it in every word and saw it in the lengths  you went to to give her the best life possible.  Im  know there are no words, so I won't  even try.  

For now, I kist wanted to reach through the screen and give you a hug and send love..

With love and wishing you continued  peace and happy memories  of your beautiful  Joaquina💖

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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17 January 2023 - 7:31 pm
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I am so deeply sorry for your loss. There is nothing that I can say that will take away the heartache of losing such a special girl, but please know that we are all keeping you close in our hearts.

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You gave her 1000% of your heart and soul, and she had the kind of life that all dogs deserve. She lived with you knowing she was loved, and left this earth feeling the same way. There is no greater gift.

Be good to yourself OK? Lean on us. We understand this kind of heartache. If and when you are ready to write a tribute, we will share in her life and her joys, and all that you did as a pack. Never forget we are here for you, always.

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18 January 2023 - 4:29 pm
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I'm new to the forum but wanted to add my heartfelt hug. It is the worst, losing a beloved dog. I know only too well and I'm so sorry. She sounds wonderful and what a lucky girl to be with you and you with her. I'm so sorry.  

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19 January 2023 - 12:41 pm
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That is super sweet of you Elizabeth, thank you for your kindness.

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