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Monday, 22 April 2013

Update and Thank You

Hi everyone, how are you? I have missed you all!

I haven't been around very much lately and I'm sorry for that but it has been a difficult time and every time I sat down to write I just felt as if my heart wasn't in it, and I always feel that can make things seem forced and impersonal and a blog is a very personal thing. Anyway, things are better now so I wanted to update you all and explain a little more about that situation with our dog Cody...but beware, it is long!

A few weeks ago we found a very nasty looking lump on Cody's belly, it had appeared incredibly quickly and it was hard to not think the worst when looking at it. I took her straight to vets to have checked out and they were just amazing with her. She is absolutely petrified of the vets and I have had to force her in everyone she has ever been to, but the staff at the new veterinary hospital in our town are wonderful and she was relatively calm. They were straight with us from the start and explained that without doing a biopsy they wouldn't know for sure but it was very likely to turn out to be cancer. She was booked in a few days after that to have a sample of the lump taken and we would get the results one week later. 

Even though the lump looked bad I kept telling myself that it could turn out to be something such as a nasty looking infection so it wasn't worth getting upset or worrying to much about it at that time.

A week later the call from the vets came with the results, it was quite possibly the worst news. They explained that Cody had very aggressive cancer and there was nothing they could do to cure it and without treatment she could have as few as 4 - 6 weeks left to live! I just broke down on the phone, I really just couldn't believe what I was being told. What made it harder to take in was that if you were to see her, apart from the horrible lump on her belly she was the same normal happy dog she always was...you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with her. I spend the rest of the day crying and playing with her, which only made me more upset because she was so happy!

We had another appointment with her vet the week later and it was for a check up and to pick up some antibiotics because the skin on the lump had developed a little infection. Even though the news wasn't new any more it was still upsetting, and we discussed having her put to sleep when she became ill and any treatment options to give her the best life possible while she was still with us.

Putting her through chemotherapy at her age seemed cruel, especially because the type of cancer she has is very aggressive (also very rare) that it would mean many trips to the vets and lots of drugs and injections. All of which would have horrible side effects and at 13 years old it just seemed wrong. But...our vet did some research and discovered a treatment that they hadn't considered before. I am so glad she did!

It is a pill that she is given once every 3 weeks, so far she has only had one but it seems to be working! The treatment won't cure her cancer so eventually we will still have to face having her put to sleep but hopefully not for some time yet. It has reduced the size of the huge lump on her belly by half, so she is comfortable and the vet is hopeful that it will shrink even further. It will also stop any side effects that come with cancer in terms of sickness so as far as Cody is concerned she is a happy dog! 

It is great news and we are really happy with how she is doing! She is such an amazing dog and she means the world to me! I have had her since I was 12 years old and I am just so thankful we are able to have her in our life a little longer.

I know this has been a long post so if you have made it this far well done, and thank you for taking the time to read it. I wanted to explain how things were going and say a HUGE thank you for the lovely comments and email I received, they really helped a lot at the time I felt the worst about the whole thing! 


Thank you for reading  :)
xxx



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  1. I know how it feels when you hear horrible news about your pet, it seems like nobody understands because it's 'just a pet'. When I started reading this I was like oh god do I want to carry on,am I going to cry? But I'm glad to hear Cody's getting so much better and well. This seems like a really long comment sorry haha!

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    P.S Cody is so cute!

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    1. No need to be sorry, it was a really long post haha. She is doing so much better, thank you. That is one of the worst things about these situations, when people look at you and wonder why you are so upset...they are not just pets, they are family members. In my opinion anyway lol.

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  3. Oh my goodness I almost cried reading this. I'm SO glad she's getting better and hope she can enjoy much more time with you guys! I hope you're doing well too. I've missed you <3

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    1. I hope so too. If I could have her forever I would but I will settle for as much time as I can have. I am doing better too now, thanks Traci. I'm just happy she is happy :)

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  4. Aww I'm so happy you found a way to give her the best treatment possible! She's such a sweet-looking dog and she's lucky to have an owner as caring as you :) Hope she's doing better and I'm glad you're back in the blogosphere! xoxoxo, Ellie

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    1. Thanks Ellie, I have missed everyone :) She is doing a lot better, I am just so happy we found something to help her. Hopefully we have her around for a while yet.

      xxx

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  5. Aww Elle I didn't even know you had a doggy, she's beautiful! I really understand when you say she's your family, and I really hope the treatment keeps working, I'm so sorry to hear about Cody :( It's amazing the treatments they are finding for cancer, she sounds like such a trooper too! I bet she's getting extra special attention and belly rubs hehe :) give her a cuddle from me x

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    1. I will do, and thank you for your sweet comment :)
      She is getting extra special attention and quite a few more treats than she would normally get hehe.

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