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Some VERY good news!

A big shout out to all my Tripawd brothers and sisters.  I am sneaking away to the den to update all of you.  My pawrents got a very good call the other day.  My surgeon sent my whole leg out to be biopsied, and guess what — I had fibrosarcoma and not osteosarcoma in that nasty old leg.  According to my dr., the 2 cancers are difficult to discern when you take a small biopsy like they took for the initial diagnosis, and it often takes a larger sample (like my whole leg) to confirm it is fibrosarcoma.  It appears that this type of cancer is normally in soft tissue, and rarely infiltrates bone.  Also, it is only about 5% of all cancers in dogs. Osteosarcoma is much more prevalent.  I don’t know why my pawrents were so surprised that I would have a rare cancer.  I’ve always told them I was special 🙂  Now here’s the great news — fibrosarcoma is much less agressive than osteosarcoma and usually doesn’t spread.  In fact, if they are able to completely remove the cancerous area, it rarely spreads to other areas.  And since they took off my entire leg, the chances are very good that they got it all and I will live a long and healthy life.  I will still have to do some chemotherapy just to be sure, but it won’t be as bad as initially thought.

I am really starting to get around well.

My scar is starting to heal nicely – and it looks like I’m wearing a fur sweater!

I even get to go outside to play in the grass whenever I want.

I am so glad I’m going up and down the stairs all by myself now.  When Daddy had to carry me, I felt so helpless.  However, Daddy had to do everything he could for me because …

I’m a princess!!  I’m a princess!!  I’m a princess!!

After reading some of the other blogs, I have realized how lucky I am to have my doctors.  My regular doc — Dr. Steve really likes to get down on the floor and play with me when he sees me.  It’s because of him that we caught this stupid cancer so early.  Also, the specialists at VCA in Aurora, IL are pawesome.  They also like to get down and play with me on the ground.  They also call like every other day to check on me!  They told my pawrents that when I stayed overnight there, I laid in the front of my kennel and barked at everybody that passed by until they came and played with me.  Yeah, I’ve always been pretty social.  My Daddy says I don’t know any strangers.  This week I get to go see my oncologist, Dr. Green.  I really like her because her name is Dr. Green, and green is my favorite color.  Anyway, I hope all my tripawd friends are feeling good today.  We’ll keep you posted on my progress.


Ginger Snapper

12 Responses to “Some VERY good news!”

  1.   jack crowder Says:

    What great news!!!!
    We are so happy that you have such great doctors and such a wonderful family!
    So much good news packed into one post, made me smile!

    Shelby the P.P.

  2.   maximutt Says:

    Ginger, that’s great news! You’ll get through those chemo sessions lickity-split, and before you know it you’ll be running around like a crazy Princess!!

  3.   Mackenzie's Mom Says:

    That is fantastic news!! Your pawrents must be so relieved! Way to go Princess Ginger! You sound like you do have some special doctors too. Mackenzie’s doctors like to play with her on the floor too. Must be something about that golden personality :). Now be sure to remind your pawrents that this great news calls for lots treats today. Mackenzie’s already nudging me to give her a treat so she can celebrate with you :).

  4.   etgayle Says:

    what GREAT news!!! i too had a soft tissue sarcoma…hope both of us can have many many happy days ahead!!!! let’s celebrate with a really long nap!!

  5.   maggie Says:

    Great news Ginger!!!! Me too…I had soft tissue sarcoma….but they could never tell what type…but they never sent in my whole leg…they shoulda, I guess!
    Look you look great!!


  6.   GerrysMom Says:

    Gerry says –

    That is like the pawesomest news ever!!! Congrats! You celebrated with lots of treats, right? Brought to you on your couch on a silver platter perhaps?

    Maybe I should try to get Dr. Bob to play with me when I got in tomorrow. Maybe that’ll keep him from squirting stuff in my eye this time (I’ve got some annoying allergy or something that won’t stop making my eye goopey – we’re working on it).

    Hey, if you live in/near Aurora, Illinois maybe you can make it to a Chicago area tripawd pawty or the one in Madision, WI that I’m hosting on May 30th. We’d love to see you at either. If you didn’t already see those posts under Tripawd Pawties you should check them out and come if you can!

  7.   anyemery Says:

    That’s pawsome news!!! We’re so happy for you, Ginger! And how fun to read that you’re somewhere near Aurora, IL – we’re in the western ‘burbs of Chicago, too!! I think there’ll be a Chicago tripawds party sometime soon – and we hope to see you then! In the meantime, we’re hoping you got lots of treats for all this good news. Holly’s sure to get some cheese!
    Sending lots of hugs,
    Holly and Holly’s mom

  8.   Carmen (Catie's Mom) Says:

    Oh, that is lovely news. How exciting!

    Catie and Riley agree with East Tennessee Gayle – celebrate with a nap!

  9.   jakesmom Says:

    Ginger… What great news!! Glad to hear that you’re doing so well… Love the princess picture of you!!

    Angel Jake’s Mom

  10.   Peyton's Path Says:

    Yahoo!!! That is great news Ginger! You are totally a princess and you deserve the royal treatment! Keep getting spoiled!!

    Dillon and Rhys

  11.   Opie Says:

    I am soooooo happy for you Ginger! I love your crown! Opie’s Mom

  12.   admin Says:

    Oh Princess Ginger, you are beautiful. We’re happy to hear you are doing so well. Thank you so much for upgrading your blog with a Tripawds Supporter subscription!

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