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Girls’ Weekend

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Well, while Daddy’s away – the girls will play. Daddy went off to a Jimmy Buffet concert this weekend, so I get Mommy all to myself.
I envision a weekend of long naps (Mommy loves to nap like me), chick flicks and maybe some ice cream!!
We might have to send Daddy away more often.

1 Down – 5 To Go

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I can’t believe it has been over a week since my last post. Mommy and Daddy have been busy with something they call “work” so they have not been able to help me with the computer.  A lot has happened that I need to tell you all about.

I had my staples removed on April 27th.   Dr. Green said my incision was one of the best to heal that she had ever seen.  They did some blood work and everything looked good so I also had my first round of chemo that day.

I previously told all of you that the doctors thought I had fibrosarcoma, a rare and non-aggressive form of cancer.  Well Dr. Green was not sure, so she had my bad leg looked at again.  5 different pathologists looked at it and 4 believe that I have fibroblastic osteosarcoma and 1 still believes it is fibrosarcoma.    Dr. Green still recommends that I continue with chemo – so 5 more chemo sessions it is.

While waiting for the tech to take me back for chemo, I saw another couple in the waiting room, who were looking very sad.  They thought I was cute and wanted to give me some love – I never turn down a good ear rubbing.  They asked my Mommy a lot of questions about me and my diagnosis.  It turns out they were waiting for their 9 year old Golden, Max, who was getting a bone biopsy.  The doctor was pretty sure Max’s results would come back as cancer too.  So, I told Max’s pawrents about this site and that a lot of you had helped my pawrents feel better and maybe that would work for them too.  I told them that I am getting along just fine on 3 legs.

Max, if you see this – hope you are doing ok buddy.  I am sending a sloppy kiss your way 🙂

Ok – back to me.  I got my Ruff Wear harness in the mail and wore it on a walk on Saturday.  You all were sooooo right.  I got so much attention while on my walk.  Everyone wanted to know about me and pet me.  I loved it!!

My recovery seems to be going really well.  The only concern my pawrents have is that my appetite is not great.  Don’t tell them but I am refusing to eat that nasty dog food in hopes I will get more people food.  It worked yesterday, because I got my favorite – McDonald’s french fries.  I hope those pawrents don’t catch on to my tricks anytime soon.

Hugs and Kisses,


Some VERY good news!

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

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

A Big Day!!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Hello Fellow Tripawds –

I can’t thank you enough for all the posts.  They make my pawrents feel better and realize I am going to bounce back quickly.   They seem very worried about me.

I had a very big day today.  First, I tried to jump up on the sofa, and my pawrents got all freaked out because they thought I would hurt myself.  My Papa came to visit and of course spoil me rotten.  I’ve got him wrapped around my little paw.  He gave me table scraps when Mommy and Daddy weren’t looking.  He brought me some new toys before the surgery and I even felt good enough to squeak the racoon for him.

After lunch, we all went outside.  And guess what I did – I pooped:)  Mommy, Daddy and Papa all got very excited.  I don’t know what the big deal was, I’ve been pooping outside for over 9 years now.  I guess that was all the excitement I could handle for the day because I then slept all afternoon.

My doctor called to check in on me today and we scheduled my first chemo treatment for next week.  I want to make sure all that nasty cancer is gone.

Thanks for your suggestions on how to avoid the cone of shame.  I have actually conned my daddy into carrying me upstairs at night so I can sleep in their bedroom:)

Hugs and kisses, Ginger

A few days out

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

It has been a roller coaster of emotions the last few days.  I came home yesterday, which makes me very, very happy.  But,  I still hurt a lot, I don’t have much energy and all I want to do is lay around and sleep.  It has now been three days since my surgery, and I’m trying to remain Pawsitive.  Everybody says the first 2 weeks are the hardest, and I’m trying to remember that I shouldn’t rush things.  The doctor says I have to have one of those cone things on my head, but since my daddy has been staying with me the last 2 days, I haven’t worn it yet.  I think he’s going to make me put it on tomorrow.  Right now, I’m just glad that my pawrents made the choice to let me live and be with them for more time  In the meantime, here are some pictures of me in healthier times.   I’m glad my pawrents finally figured out how to upload pictures so that all my new friends can see what I look like.  I would have uploaded them myself, but I had trouble putting the camera on the computer.

My daddy really loves me.

Are you talking to me????

I love ice cream — and my Mommy.

But I do NOT like bath time 🙂

I really like Chief Illiniwek.


Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Hello everybody. I came through surgery with flying colors, and I’m in the recovery room now. I’m still a little groggy, but feel a lot better than before the surgery, when I broke my leg on the way to the hospital. My pawrents are so relieved!! My doctor said I was very brave and that my surgery went perfectly. I’ll keep you updated on my recovery.

Pre-Surgery Update

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Thank you so much to everybody for your kind words and thoughts. Ginger is in surgery right now, and we are anxiously awaiting news. In the meantime, here’s what our day has been like so far. This morning Ginger was running around and jumping like a puppy. It was almost like she wasn’t sick. Then, we took her to the vet, and when we were a few minutes away, we had to stop short because the car in front of us hit the brakes. Ginger braced herself, and although she didn’t fall or anything, she started to whimper. When we got to the vet, we found out that she had broken her cancer-riddled right leg. Strange to think she’s so strong that she waited until we were almost at the vet’s before she showed any real signs of a problem. The good news is that this did not change the treatment whatsoever. She was already scheduled for the amputation today, and we went forward with it. Even with the pain she was in, when she was being examined by the vet tech, she was wagging her tail and giving kisses to everybody present. Only a Golden can still be so sweet when they are hurting so much. When she was being wheeled down the hall to pre-surgery, she was laying on her side with her tail just wagging away. We will update you all once we know anything. We are trying to be pawsitive.

Hello world!

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

My name is Ginger and I am a 9 year old Golden Retriever.  I was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma in my right hind leg.  My pawrents were devastated by the diagnosis and scared about the available treatment options.  However, after much soul searching, research and visits to the vet, we have decided to prolong my time with them by amputating my leg.  The surgery is scheduled for April 15, 2010.  I will later have numerous chemotherapy sessions to ensure all the cancer is gone

The three of us are all scared and don’t really know what to expect.

We would appreciate any advice or words of encouragement.