My 13-year-old dog Keela was diagnosed with lymphoma on September 22. I was told she had two weeks to live – and that two weeks would not be very good. She would just get weaker and weaker and die. I had to make a decision on the spot whether to go with prednisone alone to ease discomfort until she passed or start chemotherapy. I just couldn’t let her go so soon – I opted in for chemotherapy.
Keela had her first chemotherapy injection (Elspar) on September 24. She responded well without any side effects. The second treatment followed 10 days later with a different chemotherapy injection (doxorubicin). She eats home cooked meal (80% chicken and 20% veggies) and takes Chinese herbal formula for lymphoma and other natural supplements. Unfortunately, she didn’t take her third chemotherapy very well. Her veterinarian and I will need to choose a different course of treatment to ensure her quality of life.
Keela was a stray. We found each other 13 years ago. I have other rescued dogs and cats, but Keela has always a special spot in my heart. Because of my own cancer years back, I am unable to bear children. My pets are my kids. They are very important to me and I do anything for their well-being, even if it costs me thousands and thousands of dollars.
When we purchased our mid-century modern home in April, we exhausted most of our savings for down payment/closing costs and initial improvements (that needed to be done). Our old house is still on the market. We have been paying two mortgages and utility payments (because I stay at the old house one or two nights a week to save gas money for commuting, I can’t shut utilities off) for almost eight months now! We absolutely have no money for any updates for our mid-century modern home or even for outing – but so what??? Keela is still with me today and she is happy. That’s all that matters!