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Everything Comes to a Halt Due to a Medical Emergency

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.

my baby

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!

Keela today

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7 Responses to “Everything Comes to a Halt Due to a Medical Emergency”

  1. Sarah Hetheringtonon 09 Dec 2012 at 10:25 pm


  2. kateon 09 Dec 2012 at 10:25 pm

    You’ll have years ahead of you to work on your home, but only so much time with your best friend. I spent months on the couch next to my dog during his last days since he had trouble getting around. Just know when enough is enough. I’ll be thinking of you.

  3. susanon 09 Dec 2012 at 10:58 pm

    i’m so sorry for all the stress in your life…i hope Keela is with you for a long time to come…my rescues are my children too… blessings to you both !!

  4. SophisticatedMisfitson 10 Dec 2012 at 3:22 pm

    My heart goes out to you. My husband and I don’t have children either, and treat our two dogs as our own kids. We’d do anything for them, no matter the cost – every moment they give us is precious, and we’d do whatever it took to preserve each second.

    Even though Keela is struggling, she knows just how much you love her and have her best interest at heart. I wish you the best as you and Keela work through this difficult ordeal. I’ll be sending all of our positive energy to you and your family.

  5. adminon 10 Dec 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments! Your kind words mean a lot to me! Keela is having “good days” so far. I’m just hoping she will have many more good days and enjoy her life πŸ™‚

  6. davidon 11 Dec 2012 at 10:46 am

    i’m so sorry for this diagnosis.

    my parents had a dog who was diagnosed with lymphoma, and she lived for two years (with a good quality of life) after the diagnosis. they were referred to the veterinary school at purdue university, which is within driving distance, and there they had access to medicines that aren’t generally available.

    maybe there is a similar option for you and keela?

  7. adminon 17 Dec 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks, David. I was just thinking about trying the vet school (Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medichine). Good idea πŸ™‚

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