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Living Cancer Free and Loving It

September 1, 2012

Hi everyone!  It has been a long time since I have posted anything on here and some have requested an update on Rosie.  She is doing great!  Loving life and still cancer free after three years.

As I work full time and am not posting on the blog as often as I used to, there may be a delay when responding to comments or emails.  I highly recommend joining the Yahoo Canine Cancer support group as they are very active and  supportive.  http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CanineCancer/

As for Rosie, she does remind me every so often that I do spend too much time on the computer and all work and no play make for a boring Mom and a bored dog.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you battling this disease.  Wishing you only the best.

Merry Christmas 2011 From Rosie’s Family to Yours

December 16, 2011

Rosie's 2011 Christmas Photo

 

Rosie’s Christmas photos came in last week.  This is another reminder of how blessed we are to have Rosie with us.  It was August 2009 when Rosie was diagnosed, the second time, with Grade II Mast Cell Tumors, with an estimated 2 months to live.  Here we are at Christmas 2011 and Rosie is alive , healthy and cancer free!  Thank you to the folks at Pfizer who made Palladia, Rosie’s vet and oncologists who have treated her through this disease, and to our friends and family who supported us.  Merry Christmas to everyone from Rosie and her family!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSIE!!

April 30, 2011
It’s Time To Celebrate

 

Happy 11th Birthday Rosie!  You have no idea how excited I am to be able to say that.   Two years ago I don’t think anyone believed she would make it to her 10th birthday much less her 11th birthday.   To have Rosie an additional 2 years has been such a blessing!  Thank you to everyone who has helped with her care.

We hope and pray that we have Rosie with us for a LONG time to come.  She will definitely receive extra treats today.   I pray for everyone’s dogs to be as fortunate as Rosie!  I hope they are happy and healthy for a long time to come!  Give your dogs a hug for Rosie.  Go ahead and send Rosie happy birthday wishes by leaving a comment.

Rosie’s Cancer Survival Tail

February 10, 2011

Yeah….Rosie is doing wonderful and no visible cancer!  She had a great check up with her new oncologist.  Her previous oncologist moved out of state.  Her new oncologist said she saw no concernns re: Rosie’s tests and that she was a “sweetie.”  I agree….but of course I’m not biased!  😉

She has been doing much better.  The hind end weakness is only occasional and not very bad.  It has been much better since we stopped the Palladia for a week.  She has been back on it for 6 weeks and we just received another refill for 6 weeks.  She will go back to the oncologist in another six weeks.  That is the life of a dog on Palladia.  You get to see an oncologist every six weeks.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you whose furkids are dealing with the “C” word.  Good luck to all of you.

Uncurling the Side Effects of Palladia

January 12, 2011

Rosie’s 1-1/2 week vacation from Palladia ends tonight.  We took her for her 6-week check up a week ago Monday.  Before we left to go to the clinic Rosie was curled up nice and comfy on the sofa and then jumped off.  The problem was that, even though she was standing, her back was still curled in a “C” like she was on the sofa.  It took her a couple of minutes to “uncurl” herself and straighten out.  It scared me to death.  I think she was scared too.  She didn’t know what was happening.    I told the oncologist about it and she said let’s give Rosie a one week break from the Palladia and see if this gets better.

The good news from the visit to the oncologist was that she still showed no signs of cancer!  Yeah!  The bad news is that she had some protein in her urine.  So that was another reason to take a break from the Palladia.

During this week off of Palladia, Rosie’s hind end weakness definitely improved and she had no problems “uncurling” like last week. 

However, Rosie starts the Palladia tonight and I am nervous.  I am hopeful the side effects have subsided.  But we just have to keep a close eye on her.  I talked to the oncologist about what if we stop the Palladia altogether but 2 oncologists were very concerned that her cancer would return quickly since it was so aggressive.  That is the reason I agreed to have Rosie go back on it.

When I expressed my concerns about the side effects of long-term Palladia, the oncologist did tell me about another option I had not heard much about and that was metronomic chemotherapy.  It is a combination of 3 drugs, an antibiotic such as doxycycline, an NSAID such as piroxicam (or other similar drug) and a chemo drug called cyclophosphamide.  It is a lower dose chemotherapy that is not meant to cure cancer but to try to keep it from spreading or keep it from returning (as would be in Rosie’s case).   Dr. Dressler has information about it on his blog at:  http://www.dogcancerblog.com/metronomic-chemotherapy/  and at http://www.dogcancerblog.com/a-new-look-chemotherapy/.

We decided to continue on the Palladia since it has kept the cancer away.  However, if the side effects get worse, we will then need to consider other options.

Lastly, our loss is Arizona’s gain.  Rosie’s oncologist for the last 18 months is leaving the clinic.  She is going to practice in Arizona.  Good luck to you Dr. Endicott.  We wish you well.   I hope you don’t have a need for one, but in case you need a good veterinary oncologist in Arizona, go see Dr. Melissa Endicott.  She is excellent.

Good luck to everyone whose furbaby is fighting this disease, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hugs, Belly Rubs, and Slobbery Kisses

December 23, 2010

We are celebrating the 2nd anniversary of Rosie’s adoption.  We have now had Rosie for 2 years as of today, and we could not be happier.   She has changed our lives for the better in ways we could not have imagined.  

She makes us aware of what unconditional love really means.   She is happy just to be with us, no matter where we go or what we do.  She just wags her tail, looks up at us with those big brown eyes, and lets us know that she loves us and that she knows she is loved, and that she would like a tummy rub.    Rosie is not just a family dog, she IS family.

If you want to learn about how we found Rosie, you can read about it here.

https://rosiesroad.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/happy-adoption-anniversary-rosie/

This Christmas I wanted to write about being thankful for Rosie still being here, and realized my feelings are the same as what I wrote last year.  We did not know if Rosie would make it another year but we are so blessed that she is still with us.

https://rosiesroad.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/rosie-is-our-christmas-gift-again/

For those whose furkids are fighting the battle with cancer, I hope this gives you hope.

If someone stumbles on this article and is interested in adopting a dog, especially a senior dog, I encourage you to do so.  You will receive unconditional love, lots of slobbery kisses, and tons of fun and joy.  In return they ask you to love them, feed them, take them for walks or thow a ball, and give them lots of belly rubs.  They won’t say it but they do want you to take care of them which means taking them to the vet, getting them their shots, giving them their medicine (preferrably wrapped in yummy treats).    Yes.  They require responsibility but they give you so much in return.

It is easy to find a dog to adopt…..just go to your local shelter or look on www.petfinder.com.  There is a link on the right side of this page.   They have dogs of every breed, shape, and size, and other types of pets as well.  So many dogs get put to sleep that it is heartbreaking.  Won’t you save a dog’s life?  I can assure you that if you do, you will be rewarded in so many ways including repayment by way of slobbery kisses.

Progress Update

December 12, 2010

Hi everyone.  It has been a while since we did an update.  Rosie’s last check up with her veterinary oncologist went great.  All her bloodwork and tests were normal so she can continue taking the Palladia.  However, we have to continously watch her so she does not hae nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  She occasionally will get diarrhea and we give her medicine for that.

Rosie is doing great.  The only sign that I see that she is on Palladia is that she is sometimes slow getting up from laying down.  She has occasional hind end weakness.   When she was off the Palladia for 2 weeks she did not have this symptom.  So I attribute it to the Palladia.  However, it is not serious enough to take her off the Palladia.  But I continue to keep an eye on Rosie in case it gets worse.

I hope and pray for all of your and your precious furkids as they battle their cancer.  Good luck to all of you.