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six days after rear leg amp and getting worse--update: VERY HAPPY-GREAT DECISION
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...accidentally hit "subscribe or unsubscribe? and just wondering what that means?

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ADMIN! You are a really good teacher! I got it!! Yes indeed I'm going to stay SUBSCRIBED to anything this site has to offer. Thanks so much for taking the time to explain all that to me.........excellent instructions:-) :-)

Nd you opened up another brand new tripawd world by teaching me how to scroll down and see all those WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL videos and photos! I just LOVE looking at photos of everyone's special dog pals.

Wasn't able to "scroll down" after the first time..it just wouldn't scroll! Then I said, "Jim said scroll and I'm NOT going to let this "thing" intimidate me anymore"! So I took a breath and pushed the timeline bar and THE WORLD OF BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OPENED UP and I haven't stopped scrolling yet....there sure are a lot of photos and videos to ee:-) :-)

I really, really do appreciate all you do for all of us all the time! I know this is a labor of love but I know when dealing with someone like me it may be a whole lot of emphasis on labor!! I don't know think anyone could be more appreciative and....I am improving!!

Okay gotta go look at more photos....I look at three, then go backand look at Happy Hannah,s! Three more, then back......sorry, can't help it :-) :-)

With SiINCERE, TRUE SINCERE HEARTFELT APPRECIATION, 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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SiINCERE, TRUE SINCERE HEARTFELT APPRECIATION...

aw-shucks Paw shucks. Thanks for the kind words! We're happy to help...

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"Katy, when.you have a moment, do you mind sharing your deciding factor for going with five chemo and then metronomics ? So far her onco. has said a fifth would just be icing on the cake bit not necessary. At which point I said I'll just bake a cake then and load it up with double chocolate icing:-) Happy Hannah would much rather have that anyway:-) Also, the holistic treatment you're following. You may have all this on a post somewhere so just "tell me where to go"!!:-)"

Sally: We started metronomics at Jackson's third chemo.  This was what his onco wanted.  It could be b/c they saw his cancer was more aggressive than others (although, that was not communicated to us and from what we can all tell, Jackson's cancer isn't any more or less aggressive than the "average" tumor).  But really, I think the move to start metronomics early is that this plan is most aggressive and is quite progressive.  Apparently, Jackson's onco practice is quite progressive!  Cool!  So we started the metronimcs.  We get his metronomic drug, cyclophosphamide (=cytoxan) from DiamondBack Drugs (it's VERY affordable!). 

We went with 5 carbos b/c it largely made me sleep better.  We were instructed that the aim is for 4 and that most patients go with 5, but some do 6 as well.  I guess 5 strikes a happy medium?  When I dove into the literature and sci reports, I was NOT impressed with the data supporting that 4 = 6 treatments.  (One of these days, I am going to compose a Blog entry for this site on the various predictors of osteo, from the sci literature, and how that may influence treatment plans - stay tuned...)  From what I can tell right now, so long as you do 4 treatments, you're better off than <4.  Beyond that....it's anyone's guess!  So, b/c Jackson handled every chemo great, b/c he loves car rides, and b/c we'd already spent a gazillion dollars we went with a 5th and final chemo.  It can't hurt right?  Well, it hurts our wallet, but that's it!

~ Katy

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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Oh, and the holistic stuff:

Bfast: kibble, 1.4ml BSST (by Only Natural Pet - it's the recipe for Essiac Tea, which has a huge following in the human cancer world and I've got a friend of a friend who drinks Essiac everyday for a chronic condition...it helps her immensely!  Erica gives Jill a very similar product, Life Gold), 1 Pet Naturals of Vermont Hip & Joint Plus (for all those hip and joint drugs, but also b/c there's MSM in there, which is superb for doggies on metronomics ...it protects their bladder), 10mg cyclophosphamide (=cytoxan), and 50mg carprofen (=Rimadyl).  The last 2 drugs are eastern meds (=metronomics ) and thus, not holistic.

 

Dinner: kibble, 1.4ml BSST, ~1 tbsp Nordic Naturals Omega 3 oil (it's great for so many things, but for those suffering with inflammatory issues, Omega3 is fabulous!), and ~1 tsp MUSH (it's those magical mushrooms that have major anti-cancer properties.  I get it from Only Natural Pet).

 

With each meal, he gets a little bit of boiled chicken and an array of veggies.  Here's the produce Jackson loves: bananas, apples, brussel sprouts, beets, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, purple potatoes, asparagus, green beans, swiss chard, kale, carrots, broccoli, corn (yes, even right off the cob!) and cauliflower.  I'm sure there are more, but this is what comes to mind.  He'll eat them raw and steamed.  Last night we had kale, but without the middle spine.  Jackson got all the spines!  He's a handy guy to have around for just such "trimmings."  We tried cottage cheese and he loved it!  But it made his poo very loose, so no more...bummer.

~ Katy

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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KATY AND JACKSON! Thank you SO much for taking the time to pass on such valuable information! And it is, indeed SO VALUABLE:-) :-)

You, along with others, are always so willing to do research and pass it on and that is very kind and giving g of you.

I'm definitely going to write so e of this down and take it to the onco and see if I can peak her interest in co to using with "something". Either way, I'll definitely be bumping up Happy Hannah's holistic aspect and know that I am, indeed, doing SOMETHING!!

I know anyone who saw your post benefited so I thank you again for sharing such valuable information and insight.

Yeah, as far as the money goes, you're already in debt, liens, ninety day note, payment plans.....so what's another thousand dollars added to the debt??!! Peanuts!!:-) :-) :-)
Right?

Jackson andKaty, thanks for making such a positive contribution to this site! 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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You're welcome!  Glad it's helpful.  Let's hope it's a magical cocktail for him.

~ Katy

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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Alrighty, my Happy Hannah is going in next week for her fourth chemo!! And then she won't have to do anymore!! Gonna really have to do my homework and talk to onco about whether to add a fifth. Initially she suggested with just going with four.

Trying to get a feel for the "norm" on the site and it seems kind of a tos-up between for or five.

KNOCK ON WOOD, she's handled it soooo well so far...POSSIBLY showed a "little" less energy this time....and just a possibly......my imagination!!!

YEP! Going with my imagination:-) :-)

Now, the real purpose of this post.........and the crowd roars..MORE POTOS--MORE PHOTOS:-) :-) :-) And yes, if Jerry is willing AND I'm able to email it to her........we shall have yet another stunningly beautiful picture of my Happy Hannah......for once WITHOUT a food bowl in her mouth:-) :-) :-) I'm of making this up....I can hear them!! Can't you?

And the crowd begs and begs.....please Rene, please. For the love of all that's good....please another photo of Happy Hannah:-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Lots of love to all! 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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Wow great info. Buffy has just had her 4th chemo treatment and is scheduled for 6. 6 seems to be the norm here in Oz. She handles the chemo really well but it does zap her energy for a few days afterwards. She still insists on going for walks but only manages a few hundred metres instead of her usual 1k. She is on a natural diet but I haven't added any holistic treatments yet because I was a little worried they may interfere with the chemo. Looks like I need to start. Our Onco has given us the green light on trying K9 Immunty and K9 Transfer Factor after going over the info I gave her. Has anyone else tried this?

Positive thoughts to all - Merilyn and Buffy smiley

 

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merilyn said
...Onco has given us the green light on trying K9 Immunty and K9 Transfer Factor...Has anyone else tried this?

Welcome merilyn, your future forum posts will not require moderation.

We believe K9 Immunity helped contribute to Jerry's longevity. We started him on it along with metronomics after discovering his lung mets and have written in detail about in the forums, Nutrition blog and News blog...

http://tripawds.....ial-trial/

http://nutritio.....pplements/

http://nutritio.....pplements/

http://nutritio.....nity-plus/

http://tripawds.....-immunity/

http://tripawds.....xperience/

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Now, the real purpose of this post.........and the crowd roars..MORE POTOS--MORE PHOTOS:-) :-) :-) And yes, if Jerry is willing AND I'm able to email it to her........we shall have yet another stunningly beautiful picture of my Happy Hannah......for once WITHOUT a food bowl in her mouth:-) :-) :-) I'm of making this up....I can hear them!! Can't you?

And the crowd begs and begs.....please Rene, please. For the love of all that's good....please another photo of Happy Hannah:-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Lots of love to all! Sally and Happy Hannah

How can we resist this Tripawd beauty! Heeeeeeeeeeerrrrreeeeeesssssss Hannah!

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Hannah is indeed a beauty. She looks awfully serious there. Does she have a lot on her mind?

Shari

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OH YAY! Thank you Jerry:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

I'm sorry, but I must get so giddy......so excited every time I see her photos:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) She looks sograt:-) :-) :-)

Really Rene, thank you so much:-)

SHARI.....the first picture she's must really wish g I'd quit taking her picture! This blanket black k laptop has the lens facing the picture taker rather than the "subject"......I really can't explain it.....you have to face the computer screen towards the subject and our have no idea what our capturing g....no lens to look through...........anyway, I took about a thousand picture to get these:-) :-)
She doesn't like to pose unless she has her food bowl in her mouth:-)

The second d photo she's eyeing an ant. (without glasses I might add). The ant is fine e:-)

Thank you again Jerry. I mean it so much!! STILL BEAMING:-( :-) :-) :-) :-) Sally and Happy Hannah

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H Merilyn and the magnificent Buffy! Enjoyed the good update on your post today. She's such a sweet, gentle looking soul...but clearly strong and determined:-) :-)

Yes, I d have Happy Hannah on the K9 Immunity and the Transfer Factor as well as Apocaps .. I also alternate sometimes with the K9 Plus "treats" instead of the capsules. Supposedly they are just as effective but do have some sugar. I still give Happy Hannah some junk food all g with "good stuff". so I figure the treats to far more good than harm

Yeah, Katy shared a lot of good info. On Jackson's supplements,etc.

Will definitely talk to onco. About maybe adding one more chemo.

The very best to you and that sweet Buffy a d please keep us posted. And more pnotos:-) :-) Love, love, love photos:-)

Sally and Happy Hannah

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She's so pretty!

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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