Walking to chemo day one. Little brother Buddha came with Shaina for moral support.
My sweet, amazing girl loving on a kitty. Tomorrow is Shaina’s first day of chemo, and her first day towards a healthier life! I hope to goodness that I’m doing the right thing for her. I wish I could explain to her what is happening, that we are giving her a few more years. I love her so much. All I want is for her to be healthy and happy. Please send her good thoughts for tomorrow! She is 12 1/2; we are doing this to get her to 14 1/2. #shainagirl #prayersforshaina #myheart #pitbulllove #lablove
So, Shaina has B-cell Lymphoma. Because she isn’t T-cell, she doesn’t qualify for the trial. I can’t be disappointed, though, because B-cell is less aggressive and easier to put into remission. So, yay for that!
Boo for insurance being difficult (go figure). And boo for 6k in treatment on the way. She must start chemo on Tuesday though.
When you love someone, extraordinary things happen. You make it work. You make it happen.
To quote the vetcancergroup.com website in regards to Shaina’s cancer type: “With chemotherapy, most dogs reach a complete remission and enjoy happy, healthy lives of one year or longer, often much longer!” So yeah…this type of cancer doesn’t cause dogs pain, and the chemo doesn’t cause them pain. I say heck yes.
First, a yard sale on Saturday to fund her first treatment. I’m selling most of my designer shoes and dresses. The goal is $400.
If anyone has stuff to sell, you can bring it over in a box with your name on it. I will sell what I can for you, and split the profits 50/50.
This morning, the vet called and said that my baby Shaina has lympho-sarcoma. It’s a type of cancer that, apparently responds really well to small chemo doses that are not harmful, and will prolong their life for 1-2 years.
There is a possibility that Shaina may be eligible for a clinical trial that will pay for everything.
I’ve had Shaina since I was 17. I am now 29. I will know when she’s in pain and it’s time to let go. Right now isn’t the time. She’s still active, playful, cuddly, and has a voracious appetite.
All I am asking is that everyone direct positive energy towards Shaina, and send hopeful thoughts that she will get into the clinical trial. This way, we can save her pet insurance for other therapies, such as water and heat restorative healing for her arthritis.
#tbt to when my baby Shaina was much younger and her best friend was a cat. I didn’t realize at the time how awesome these days were. If I could go back for a day, I would instantly. @mattyshoots