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My First Rainbow Bridge Anniversary

May 23rd 2015 10:29 am
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Thank you to all who remembered me yesterday. I'd like to share Mama J's blog post. XX - Sugar

Dear Sugar,
One year ago today, I held you in my arms for the last time.

We had a great last day together. I smelled your fur and listened to your soft meow. I felt your purr as you laid on top of me. I scratched your chin and your whiskers brushed against my cheeks. You ate your favorite foods and you laid in the sweet grass under the geranium in the backyard. You gave me lots of "sugar" and I kissed you at least a million times. We put a lot of love into that day.

And then, the time came and you flew to the Rainbow Bridge, where there is no pain, no cancer, only love and light. As your spirit left your body, I stroked your fur and told you over and over, "I love you".

Some things have changed since you left. I have a new job, and I drive a new car.

We have two new kitties in our family. And Sugar, they are boy cats! Yes, boy cats! I think you would like them and I know they would love you.

Chai is no longer with us here on Earth, but then you know that. I know that your paws were the first to take hers as she left my arms and crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February.

Little Bit is the new counter kitty. Who knew? I know you're whispering in her ear because she does so many of the things that you used to do as she sits beside me every morning and evening. She walks across the keyboard and nudges my hand as I use the mouse, just like you did.

The princess trees in the backyard have grown even taller. And now a lovely windchime with your name on it hangs in one them among the beautiful purple flowers. It was a gift from dear friends who love you and miss you too. When I hear its lovely chime I know it's you letting me know that you are flying by on your angel wings.

The lavender bed is gone. It has been replaced by a catnip garden where memorial stones for Chai and you rest, side by side.

But one thing has not changed, my Sweet Brave Warrior. I love you today as much as I loved you a year ago. You are always with me, my heart kitty, because Love Wins. I think of you and I miss you every day.

Your legacy here on Earth continues. The Sugar Rub Feline Mammary Cancer Fund at Penn Vet is at over 50% of our goal and growing. I hope to see the study start next year.

Through Sugar Rub!, you are saving lives. Miracle's mom found her mammary tumor because she gives her kitties monthly Sugar Rubs. More than one kitty has been spayed before first heat, because her parent read on the Sugar Rub! Facebook page that it lowers the likelihood of mammary cancer by 90%.

In October, I will walk 39 miles in New York, in your memory. Your aunties and I will walk together in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk to end breast cancer and raise awareness that pets get breast cancer too. And once again, you will walk with me.

Although you no long live with us here on Earth, you are still doing extraordinary things, Sugar. You and your valiant fight against breast cancer have not been forgotten.

I love you Sugar Bear, now and forever. Give Misty and Chai a cheek rub from me OK?

XX
Mama J

 

My Gotcha Day

February 12th 2015 5:57 pm
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Thank you to everyfur who remembered me on my Gotcha Day. This was my first one at the Rainbow Bridge so it was hard for me and I know that Mama J was sad and especially missed me that day.

I never dreamed how busy I would be at the Rainbow Bridge! I am on the official greeting committee and I get to fly new angels to the Master Wingmaker for their custom-designed wings. They we head to the Butterfy Meadow for flying lessons. When we finish it is always exciting to watch our new angels head back to earth for their first visit with their loved ones.

Remember that your angels are always with you in spirit. We leave you little signs that we have visited - so keep your eyes open!

XX
Sugar

 

Meowlo From the Rainbow Bridge

September 7th 2014 9:40 am
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I have been at the Bridge over three months now and I've seen so many of my friends here!

Once I got my wings I was able to fly down and visit Mama J. She loves it when I fly through the wind chimes in the backyard and say Meowlo to her. I run through the house too and a couple of times she has seen me!

I was warmly welcomed into the Pink Angel Brigade by Tallulah, Nat Cat, Bella, Avail, and Stripey. We all have pink wings and we sprinkle pink angel dust on our earth friends and family who need comfort and healing. Each kitty on earth who is fighting mammary cancer has a member of the Pink Angel Brigade assigned to be their Pink Guardian Angel. Sadly we are very busy because mammary cancer is the third most common cancer in cats. I just got assigned to a new kitty today. Her name is Lisa and she is recovering from her second mastectomy.

XX
Sugar

 

My Tenth Life

May 24th 2014 3:51 pm
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Dear Friends,

On May 22, 2014 I made my crossing to the Rainbow Bridge. From the moment Mama J had noticed my labored breathing nine days earlier we had hoped and prayed that the cause was something that could be managed or even cured. But that was not to be. So Mama J and Daddy B made the hardest decision that our parents ever make, to give me that final unselfish gift of love.

My crossing to the Rainbow Bridge was very peaceful. I was in our home where I have always been safe, loved, warm and protected. Mama J and Daddy B were with me. Mama J wrapped me in her arms and Daddy B and Dr. Calvin stroked my fur. The last words I heard on earth were Mama J saying, "We love you." Then I began my journey to this beautiful place where there is no pain, no cancer, no cruelty, only light and love.

My time on earth is over but my 10th life has just begun. My mission to raise awareness of breast cancer in animals continues. I hope you'll join me in my mission my friends.

XX Sugar

 

Asking for Big Purrs Tomorrow

May 9th 2013 1:57 pm
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Hello my friends. It has been sometime since I've written here. It's hard cuz the news I have to share is not what I'd like it to be.

About 2 1/2 weeks ago Mom gave me a Sugar Rub! and she found a lump in the very same place as the first one. Well she was so upset and disappointed too since my prognosis after my unilateral mastectomy had been so good.

I went to the oncologist the next day and two days later I had surgery to remove it. Turns out is was a local recurrence and there was some good news, it had not gone into my lymph nodes and my lung x-ray was clear.

The not so good news is that now I have to have chemotherapy. My first treatment is tomorrow.

Please purr for me that the chemo will get rid of any cancer cells that may still be there *and* that I tolerate it well.

And please be sure your humans give you your Sugar Rubs!! Both of my lumps were found by my mom!!

SWANK,
Sugar

 

An article in the Catster Magazine! Thank You Castster!

April 4th 2013 12:45 pm
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Me-wow yesterday Mom's article about me and feline breast cancer was in the Catster Magazine! How pawsome is that??

We sure do appreciate that Catster is helping us get the word out about animal mammary cancer!

In case you were busy catnapping and didn't get a chance to read it here's the web address of the story:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/breast-cancer-for -cats

Thanks again to Catster and all of my purrtabulous furiends who are part of the Sugar Rub! mission.

SWANK,
Sugar

 

A Serendipitous Opportunity!

March 28th 2013 5:30 pm
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Hello Catster Furiends!

Well you may have heard there is a contest going on for Modern Cat Magazine. Mom has entered me cuz it's for the Fall/Winter cover and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month she thinks it would be pawsome if I was the cover cat!

So that's the serendipitous part!

It would be a purrtastic way to get the word out about animal breast cancer that's fur sure!

We'd appreciate a vote from you. You can actually vote every 12 hours. But here's a catch, if you are a subscriber and logged in, you can only vote once. So Modern Cat suggests not being logged in when you vote.

http://www.moderncat.com/cover-contest-entry/sugar


SWANK,
Sugar

 

Every Day is a Gift!

March 23rd 2013 6:59 am
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That's why they call it the PURResent!

Happy Caturday my friends. Don't furget to give someone a *nosekiss* today!

SWANK (Sealed-With-A-Nose-Kiss),
Sugar

 

Living with Cancer

March 20th 2013 12:44 pm
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I was diagnosed about two months ago and Mom is still getting used to it. You see even though the lump and the mammary gland chain on my right side (where the lump was) have been removed, I still have cancer. It's just that I don't have any obvious symptoms right now. I am in remission. And I feel great. I'm my same old sweet self, doing all of the things I love to do, eat, sleep, play, eat, love on Mom, eat, wrestle with Little Bit, eat, sleep, eat *giggles* you get the picture.

But there are no guarantees that it won't re-surface. My oncologist told Mom & Dad that based on the size of my lump, the fact that my lung x-ray was clear, and that there was no evidence of the cancer in my lymph nodes, the expectation is for me to have two more years here on earth. That's an average of course, it could be less or it could be more. It's cancer and and there are no guarantees.

Mom is trying very hard not to live in fear of my cancer coming back. She loves on me and my sisfurs so much and she cherishes every moment. But sometimes it gets the best of her. She loves to lay her head on my side and hear my purr. Sometimes she watches me sleeping or lying in the sun and she can't help but cry.

I guess that's the yin and the yang of it all. Bad things remind us to cherish the good things.

So, yes I am living with cancer. And the important word is "living".

SWANK,
Sugar

 

COTD and I had a PURRfect day!

March 19th 2013 7:14 am
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Me-wow what a lovely surprise to be Catster Cat of the Day yesterday. Thank you for selecting me Catster!

Mom was really surprised when she got that wonderful email and then I started getting pmails and rosettes and the fun just kept on from there! We enjoyed all of it so much especially the loving and heartfelt messages. They mean so much to us.

I will thank each of you individually, but for now please know how much Mom and I appreciate your support, encouragement and kindness. We feel the power of your love and we BeliEVE.

SWANK,
Sugar

 
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