Lymphoma please, please help

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Little Prissy- Timid Booty Girl

Purred: Thu May 15, '08 8:34am PST 
OH MY hughughughughug

Abbie- (always in- my heart)

I'm fat, I'm- fluffy and I'm- full of love
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 10:15am PST 
When I took Abbie to be diagnosed, my husband was even upset with me for paying all the money I did at the internal medicine specialist's office. He thought that, at 17, it was probably just her time. But Abbie had been my baby long before I met my husband. She was my baby when I dated all the wrong guys or got my heart broken by the ones I thought were the right ones, She was my baby when I finally did meet the right one. She was my baby when I was having miscarriages and thought I'd never have a human baby. And she was there when I miraculously had a human baby of my own and Abbie loved her as if she were her own kitten. Every ounce of Abbie's body was made up of love, so I was just not prepared to let that love die without giving it a fight. Plus, I just felt that she was telling me she wanted to stay.

I tormented myself over when to let her go, but the day she was ready, she told me with her mannerisms and her eyes. I knew without a doubt. It didn't make it any easier, but at least I knew I had done everything possible, had helped her feel better, but that she was ready. I believe she loved us so much that she would have held on until she was truly suffering - just to be with us.

Lymphoma has an incredibly successful remission rate, and I had been told that with her health being good other than that, I could probably have her around for another two or more years. I thought that it might be easier to let her go at 20 than at 17. I ended up only getting one more year - and it was a very difficult year at that. But would never do it differently. I think that time also gave me the opportunity to accept that she was terminally ill and it gave me a chance to garner the strength to make that final decision.

But you have a very small baby so I know your situation is so different. I will say that once the treatment starts, the change is incredible. The vomiting and diarrhea stop (for the most part) and the kitties pick up some weight. It takes time to get to this point, and that is only if their little bodies respond well to treatment.

I guess what I'm saying is that you have to make the decision that is best - and safest - for your family. If it is possible to do the chemo treatments outside of the home (and even let Bear stay at the vet until the chemo is out of his system for that cycle - I don't know how many days that would be), that could buy you some time while the medicine starts to work.

I know how much you love him. I loved Abbie with all my heart. She was my kitty soul mate and my heart still aches for her. But I look back at all I did and wonder how I had the stamina to do all that steam cleaning, disinfecting, shot giving, pilling, chemo giving, sub-q giving... it's just a testament to the power of love.

Your love will guide you, along with your vet and your husband (who seems to love Bear just as much as you). Don't listen to the rest of your friends and family who don't understand. They are not in your situation and can only look in from outside. They mean well, but they don't understand.

As you will find with your baby, two years can be a long time. So much happens in that time - so if you can keep Bear with you to be a part of that, I totally understand your desire. (Two years is also incredibly short, because my little girl is now six and I'm not quite sure how that happened; she was just a tiny baby and now she's in Kindergarten!)

My heart is heavy for you, with the decisions you must make. I apologize for my ramblings, but I hope they have helped. My daughter has been talking to me non-stop, and my writing always suffers when that happens.

But I am here for you - whatever you decide.

♥- Shadow PAWS- ♥

Seen and unseen
Purred: Thu May 15, '08 8:25pm PST 
Purrr Bear, purrr, Bear's mommy.hughug We know how terrible you must be feeling. It's having to choose between two of your children. Is there someone in your community you trust to give Bear a good home. I'm not suggesting you "throw him away"! Just if there is a loving home with no human children you will know he is being treated well and will be happy and as healthy as he can be for as long as he can. I wish we could help. hughughughughug

Bear (In- Memory of)

Excuse me but I- would like more- food now
Purred: Sat May 17, '08 3:55pm PST 
Purr Purr Purr to all of you!! What kind kitties and kitty-parents you all are!!

My parents went to see my vet today for a chat. He's a nice guy and they trust him implicitly. He told them that I have a very mild form of small cell lymphoma. This is not a tumor - it is more like a bad inflammation of the intestinal mucosa. He said the verdict is still out in the medical community as to whether or not it should be classified as severe IBD or cancer.

He had done a bunch of research and found there has been some success for others with a combination treatment of Prednisone and an asthma drug that Meowmy forgets the name of at the moment. Sounds weird, but it is an alternative to the chemo drug that could harm my skin brother.

Anyhow, I'm going to try these and see. My vet thinks this could get rid of the inflammation and buy me another year or so. But I still have a liver issue (unexplained calcification and atrophy) although it is still functioning normally according to tests. Also, I might be in early kidney disease because of the results we had for a urine test last month. So... looks like I have a bunch of things going on. But Meowmy and Daddy bought me new treats, catnip, litterboxes and litter to help me feel better.

I took my first pill 2 hours ago and I feel a bit better already. Maybe that's the catnip talking, I'm not sure. But I think I will be okay.

Hazel Lucy &- Purrsville- Cats

tiny gumdrop
Purred: Sat May 17, '08 4:23pm PST 
Hooray for you!
This is good news and we are purring for your parent's and vet's good sense in finding an alternative to nasty chemo drugs.
Keep us posted!
Hazel Lucy

Jet Giotto

Born Friday the- 13th
Purred: Sat May 17, '08 6:12pm PST 
Hey thats really good news! way to go
Good luck and have fun and enjoy your family!

~Jet Giotto~

Rufus - In Loving- Memory 12/17

Sweet Angel
Purred: Sat May 17, '08 8:54pm PST 
If you haven't already, you should talk to the vet about your diet too. High protein is good for cancer but not good for kidneys. You should see what he thinks is more serious.

Sally Maria- (Mama's- Angel)

Mama's angel
Purred: Mon May 19, '08 9:13am PST 
Good luck on the steroids Bear! I just started my new one yesterday to calm my tummy down too. I hope that you don't have cancer and it's something easy for your parents to handle. I've been okay with my Leukeran so far but my mama doesn't have to worry about having a little one too. IBD isn't fun but at least it isn't nasty old cancer.

Take care of yourself and keep us posted. We're keeping our paws crossed that it isn't lymphoma!

Hugs & Purrs,
Sally Maria

Abbie- (always in- my heart)

I'm fat, I'm- fluffy and I'm- full of love
Purred: Mon May 19, '08 2:06pm PST 
Wow, what a great doc you have. Since prednisone is used for asthma, I can see how another asthma med might also help (I have asthma, myself and know the power of the steroid!).

I hope this will work for you and allow Bear to be symptom-free and happy for a long time to come. (My mom's dog has been treated for IBD for over a year and is doing remarkably well.)

I will keep you in my thoughts and extend a great big Catster hug to you and your family.

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