Here's the Thing About Cancer.....

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Postby Marinepits » March 24th, 2009, 9:54 pm

I knew Indy had cancer when Dr Blabs first saw the lump on his leg. The look on her face told me before she ever said a word. I just KNEW like she just KNEW.

The cancer diagnosis was confirmed the next day via laboratory tests.

I knew he had cancer when he had the surgery to remove the hemangiopericytoma.

When he woke up after the surgery, the lump was 99.9% gone and Indy still had cancer.

I've known through the whole process of bandage changing that Indy has cancer.

Today I made the appointment for his first oncology visit. I told Steven at lunch that I put off making the call for almost 24 hours after Dr Blabs gave me the "all clear" because making that appointment makes the cancer REAL. Talking to the oncology office today was like getting hit in the face with a two-by-four.

Indy really does have cancer.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » March 24th, 2009, 9:58 pm

:hug3:

He also has a gigantic cheering section rooting for him every step of the way.
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 24th, 2009, 10:08 pm

yup...and he's got the bestest parents a dog could have! :D
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Postby nicole » March 24th, 2009, 10:51 pm

aww Jen, it really is hard to accept and I'm not quite sure that you'll ever get used to the idea...but I do hope that things continue to improve for Indy, and that one day you will be saying that he BEAT cancer.
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Postby Marinepits » March 24th, 2009, 11:14 pm

See, that's the thing. I have accepted it. I accepted it when I KNEW. But every once-in-a-while, cancer likes to remind you that it's still there, just in case you forgot. And that's when you get punched in the junk.
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Postby Jenn » March 24th, 2009, 11:21 pm

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Postby CinderDee » March 24th, 2009, 11:28 pm

Marinepits wrote:See, that's the thing. I have accepted it. I accepted it when I KNEW. But every once-in-a-while, cancer likes to remind you that it's still there, just in case you forgot. And that's when you get punched in the junk.


I hear you, Jen. I felt that way last week when Kate went to the oncologist, but when he got the "all clear" I almost relaxed again.
Hang in there...Indy Trouble & Kato are warriors and will continue to kick cancer's ass! :flameT: :box: :chop:
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Postby Malli » March 25th, 2009, 3:03 am

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Postby iluvk9 » March 25th, 2009, 6:52 am

Don't give in to the negative thoughts. Stick them in the spam part of your brain.
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Postby hugapitbull » March 25th, 2009, 6:14 pm

Jen,
I, like many others, know exactly what you mean. There are steps in the journey that are just difficult to take. You know you must do it, you know it is real, but it just feels like you are in the twilight zone.

Just as Trouble's amputation was the first step, Indy's was the tumor removal, and now you must face step two. Don't look at oncology as a negative, look at it as the way to spend more productive days with your buddy. As with humans, cancer free is the term used to indicate there is no cancer today, the reality is that it can always return. You & Steve and Dee and Bob & I will live with this reality until the day our sweethearts leave us, but we cannot let it defeat us.

You've done a stellar job hanging in there, don't let this little bobble steer you off track. Hugs to you and Steve, and butt scratches to Indy.

....end of preaching. :shock:
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Postby mnp13 » March 25th, 2009, 6:17 pm

iluvk9 wrote:Don't give in to the negative thoughts. Stick them in the spam part of your brain.


I couldn't have said it better myself.
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Postby Patch O' Pits » March 25th, 2009, 7:28 pm

Marinepits wrote:See, that's the thing. I have accepted it. I accepted it when I KNEW. But every once-in-a-while, cancer likes to remind you that it's still there, just in case you forgot. And that's when you get punched in the junk.
Cancer sucks no matter how you look at it. But Love makes every day worthwhile. I think things like this help remind us how fragile and improtant every single day is....

Hugs to you and your baby!

Kick some cancer butt!
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Postby blabsforbullies » March 25th, 2009, 8:06 pm

Here's the thing about cancer.....

It will never take away our determination. :sumo: It will never take away all the memories and hope we have. :greenRibbon: It will never become our spirit. :angel2: And it will never win. Because we will always fight. You, Steve, Indy, Trouble & her humans, Kato & his.... as long as we can fight, it will never, ever win. Ever. :heartbeat: :heartbeat:

Here's the thing about friendship.....

We will always be bonded and we will always be there for each other. :hug3: No getting rid of all of us that love and care for you! :groupHug: No matter how mean you are.... :neener: (I'm teasing you!!!)

Ever step you take, I will take it with you. :rock: And every step you take, we are that much closer to kicking the S*#@ out of this disease! :biggun: :biggun: :biggun:
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Postby hugapitbull » March 25th, 2009, 8:12 pm

Awesome, Dr Blabs. Made me cry....
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Postby madremissy » March 25th, 2009, 8:25 pm

x2 :( but also motivated. :D
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Postby Marinepits » March 25th, 2009, 9:12 pm

blabsforbullies wrote: No matter how mean you are.... :neener:


Don't make me come over there. >(

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Postby CinderDee » March 26th, 2009, 2:00 am

I think I love you, Dr. Blabs. :hug3:
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Postby AllAmericanPUP » March 28th, 2009, 10:06 am

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