The Sweet Scoop

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

 

Animal Breast Cancer Awareness - The Sugar Rub! Mission

March 14th 2013 8:31 pm
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Thank you Catster for selecting me as a Daily Diary Pick today. It truly is an honor!

I really appurciate it cuz it helps me with the Sugar Rub! mission:

1. Raise awareness that pets get breast cancer.
2. Encourage pet owners to do regular breast exams on their pets.
3. Raise funds for animal breast cancer research.

Mom has been working so hard to get the word out. She set up the
Sugar Rub! website and my Facebook page.

She's got a few other things in the works, but we don't want to let the cat out of the bag on those just yet MOL!

In closing I just want to meow a big Thank You to all of you who have been so supportive of me and my furmily! And thanks to these purrtastic kitties who concatulated me today on my DDP:

Natasha & Furmily
Morticia
Samoa
Buddie
Smiley Cassanova
Dusty the Dogcat & Furmily
Mac & Furmily
Caesar

SWANK,
Sugar

 

Me-Wow What a Day!

March 5th 2013 6:09 pm
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It started off with finding out I am a Catster Daily Diary Pick. Thank you very much Catster!

Next the San Francisco Veterinary Specialists hospital shared my story on their blog and Facebook page!

Sugar's Story

How cool is that??

Well I'll tell you how cool it is. It's Ginormously cool! Cuz people who read about my breast cancer story, tell other people, and they tell other people. And that's what the Sugar Rub! mission is all about - getting the word out that animals get breast cancer.

I'd like to close with a big thank you to all who concatulated me with Rosettes, pmails & diary comments:

Angel Buddie
Meiko
Friday & Furmily
Smiley Cassanova
Milo Blue Eyes & Furmily
Angel Patches & Furmily
Natasha & Furmily
My Sweetest Hubby Oshii

It's great to be back on Catster.

SWANK,
Sugar

 

I Have Breast Cancer

February 28th 2013 1:25 pm
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I was diagnosed about a month ago. It's been quite a rough start to a new year.

Mom found the lump and our vet tested it. When the diagnosis came back Mom was so afraid and upset. She could hardly stop crying.

The day after my diagnosis I saw an oncologist, then the next day I had a lumpectomy and unilateral mastectomy. They biopsied the lump and it was malignant, which is usually the case with feline mammary tumors.

Right now my prognosis is pretty good. They didn't see any evidence that the cancer had spread to my lungs or lymph nodes, and they believe they got it all. Right now chemo is not recommended, so I will go back to the oncologist every month for check ups.

Mom is concerned that when she tells people that I have breast cancer, a lot of people are surprised and don't know that animals can get this horrible disease. So she started a website called Sugar Rub!. The purpose of the website is to raise awareness about breast cancer in animals, encourage people to check their pets regularly and to raise funds for animal cancer research. We hope you'll stop by and check it out!

I also have a group here on Catster called Sugar Rub! Animal Breast Cancer Awareness. It's an open group and all are invited to join.

Mom is cautiously optimistic. She says a prayer every day that they have gotten all of the cancer and that I will have a few more years here on earth.

SWANK,
Sugar

 

SWANK

February 28th 2013 9:23 am
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I am back on Catster! I'm happy to see all of my old friends and looking forward to making lots of new ones too!

A lot has changed for me, while I've been gone -- I'll write more about that later.

For now, I just want to say, "Thanks for the warm welcome back everyfur!"

SWANK (Sealed With A Nose Kiss),
Sugar

 
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