In Loving Memory Of Lisa

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A Battle I Couldn’t Win

March 15th 2015 2:49 pm
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I fought my battle with asthma and won. I made it through two surgeries to get rid of my breast cancer and the chemo that followed.

Mom looked at me on March 2 and was happy with my movement around the house and renewed interest in washing myself. It didn’t last for long.

On March 11, mom took several minutes to find me and found my tail sticking out from behind the tub. She rushed me to the primary care vet, who is closer to home. He took tests and changed my medication from the chemo pills I took to an antibiotic for an infection he found. I couldn’t tolerate the chemo pills anymore. Cancer and infection spread to my lungs and it was going to my liver. The specialist would have done the same things to me.

Mom came home from work on March 12, found me unresponsive and rushed me to the vet again. I had joined Abby.

Mom and the vets did all they could do for me. I know she misses me very much and will join me and Abby someday.


News From My Latest Checkup

March 1st 2015 3:40 pm
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I went for my latest checkup on February 23. My general physical exam went well, but the vet found a few nodules on my lungs. He told mom they are consistent with cancer spread and we are very concerned. Mom started to give me chemo pills on February 25 (after my vet got my blood work results and told mom it was okay) and I get a pill on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. My next exam is on March 23.

I love to snuggle up next to one of the heat sources, which is normal for me in the cold. I have a good appetite, but I’m not interested in playing or catnip. I had a 50/50 chance of coming out of the surgery I had in 2010 and made it. Although the odds are more against me, we want the pills and anything else to help me win this battle.


Snow, Snow and More Snow!

February 15th 2015 5:21 pm
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Mom says that there has been seven feet of snow in the past three weeks, including a foot between late last night and this morning. The snow keeps piling up because it had little or no chance to melt. It also has been cold and windy outside much of the time.

Although I stay inside, I sense when cold happens. I love to rest in my condo or sit by radiators. It is warm in the house, but I want all the warmth I can get.

My cancer veterinary team has a work week of Monday-Thursday. Mom saw the weather forecast Wednesday night and made the call Thursday to reschedule the follow-up I was supposed to have tomorrow. I will get my ultrasound, X-rays and general exam on February 23—unless there is another big storm next weekend. She wants to make sure the roads are safe to drive on.

Whenever I eventually get my follow-up, we always wish for cancer-free results.


I Made It To My 10th Gotcha Day Anniversary!

January 9th 2015 5:34 pm
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It is my 10th Gotcha Day Anniversary and I am still here!

After my breast cancer diagnosis in July, mom was afraid I would join Abby before today. I am doing fine and mom says that I could outlive her. She is very pleased that I don’t need medicine now. I can be playful at times and I loved the catnip mom gave me tonight. I am still excellent when it comes to growling and hissing. I have a good appetite.

Mom got a new bed that is two feet instead of three feet off the ground for us. She likes it because it doesn’t have lumps in it and I like it because I can jump up to get on it. We hope I don’t need the step stool to get on the bed again.

Our wish is for me to write another entry on my 11th Gotcha Day Anniversary.

Thanks to everyone who sent me gifts!


I Am In Remission!

December 14th 2014 4:25 pm
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I went to the vet place Monday for my fifth and last chemo.

The vet and his helpers did X-rays, an ultrasound and other tests on me before I got my chemo. No one found cancer in me! The vet doesn’t know the exact day I got rid of my cancer and he says that I am in remission now. Mom and everyone who worked on me are very happy about it!

Because of the reaction I had last time, I got a little less chemo. I had a slight reaction to this one, but not a big deal. Mom didn’t give me the delicious food I got after my fourth chemo and I understand why.

I will go for a follow-up on February 16 and we all wish for a cancer-free checkup.


Calling All Chemo Catsters – And Another Cancer Update

November 30th 2014 3:15 pm
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My mom wants to hear from other Catsters who have had chemo or who are familiar with it.

My first three (of five) chemo treatments went fine. I had my fourth one on November 17, and a few days later I vomited and my appetite decreased. Mom got me Cerenia and Pepcid AC for my vomiting and Mirtazapine to get me to eat.

Mom made the mistake of giving me a food I am not used to for my appetite last weekend/early last week. I loved it and ate it, but it made my poop very soft and I tracked it over the house. Mom figured out what caused my problem, the vet confirmed her suspicions and I am now fully weaned off the delicious food. I almost always keep my poop in the box and it isn’t so soft anymore, but there are times when I still want the yummy food I had for too short a time and show my disapproval by putting a small amount of poop outside my box.

I eat my regular food and get great service now—-mom feeds me in bed if that’s how I want it. She told me she has to go back to work tomorrow after a long weekend and I will have to go to my mat in the kitchen to eat, as I did before yesterday.

My last chemo is scheduled for December 8. I will get an ultrasound, X-rays and a checkup to find out if there is any cancer spread. One of the tests will be of my chest to find out if anything is still there and if so, what it is. It will be a follow-up of the chest X-ray I had on October 22.

Mom wants the best for me and we welcome any chemo experience stories.


My 11th Birthday

November 1st 2014 6:55 pm
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Thanks for the birthday wishes and presents!

It was rainy and windy all day and I had mom with me all the time, because she didn't have to go to work. I liked that she never went away from me today.

Mom usually gives me Natural Balance reduced calorie food, which I love. She bought a few different flavors of the same brand earlier this week for me to try, since the vets don't worry about my weight as much as before. After I was diagnosed with cancer, the vets love my big appetite. Mom gave me ocean fish food today to celebrate. I loved it! She will give me a can of the regular calorie food once in a while and most of the time it will still be my reduced calorie food. That's fine with me. No one wants me to be 15 pounds again.

I got catnip on my scratch pad and rolled around in it. I took some of the catnip and got on my back to show mom the hair that is growing back to cover my incision scar.

I got as much love as I wanted from mom and told her in my usual hissy way when I had enough.

I'm taking it easy now in my condo and will enjoy the rest of my day.


So Far, So Good! (My Next Cancer Report)

October 25th 2014 3:50 pm
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On October 1, I went for my second chemo treatment. The vet was happy with my progress and didn’t see any evidence of breast tumor regrowth.

I went for my third chemo treatment on October 22.

The radiologist still saw some of what I had six weeks ago in my chest, but not as much. Everyone on the vet team was happy to see that, and the radiologist is now unsure if the changes are related to cancer spread or if I have something there that is not cancer-related. I will have a recheck at my last chemo treatment, which will probably be on December 3.

My blood work was normal and I got the same amount of chemo both times.

When the vet helper took me out to mom, I hissed and growled nonstop. The vet helper said that I am unhappy at the vet place. Mom told the vet helper that hissing and growling is my way of thanking her and the rest of the vet team for all they did for me. I like to hiss and growl when I’m home, too. Mom tells me that my hissing and growling is my way of telling cancer to get away from me.

I go for my fourth (and next to last) chemo treatment on November 12.


My Cancer Update

September 28th 2014 4:53 pm
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On September 10, I went to the vet to get my stitches out and for my first chemo treatment.

Because it was my second surgery in a short time, I had more red on my belly than the first stitch removal. I wore my collar for a few more days than before because of that. When it was time for that stupid cone to come off, I got into a position to make it easy for mom to take it off of me.

Before my first chemo, one of the vet helpers took a chest X-ray. Whoever examined it found something that shouldn’t be there and the oncologist is afraid it could be more cancer. He called mom and asked her if she still wanted me to have the chemo. She told him to go ahead and give it to me because I don’t act like a sickly cat. I still like to jump, eat and show off my kitty attitude.

I went to my primary care vet September 17 for a complete blood count. The results were normal and the vet said that the chemo may be able to take care of whatever is in my chest.

I go for my second chemo this Wednesday. I will have another chest X-ray before my third chemo (probably on October 22) to find out if there are any changes.

The vets don’t want to cut into me again and we all want whatever was found in my chest to go away.


Thanks for my DOTD honors, presents, paw mails and comments!

September 2nd 2014 7:01 pm
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Thanks to Catster for my DOTD honors.

I will do everything to get well and stay well, with the help of mom and my vets. The surgeon did a lot of cutting into me recently and we all hope that I don't need another operation for a long time! Mom told me that she will send a living picture of me to the pet insurance company she uses on the first anniversary of my cancer diagnosis, which will be July 14, 2015.

Thanks to all of you who have sent presents, paw mails and comments. Mom was able to get back to some of you and says if she hasn't, she hasn't forgotten and will do so when she can.

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