Big Red's Memoirs

My Battle has ended

April 19th 2012 10:07 am
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Mom here

At 11:30 est Kramer said his goodbyes and passed away.

He went rather quietly out on the back porch with the sunshine and fresh air.

 

Things are not good

April 17th 2012 12:14 pm
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Well MOM says that I have fought a good fight, but the treatments are no longer working and even though I am home right now she says it probably won't be much longer til I am gone.

The Oncologist I saw today was not one of my regular vets so I did not get to say goodbye to them, But I got to see my two favorite vet techs which made mom happy cause they have been there since the beginning of my treatments.

I have a pain killer, which hopefully will make me more comfortable and I am on an appetite stimulant so that I will want to eat and maybe give me a few more days for my pawrents to say goodbye


MOM and DAD are really hoping I will choose when I am ready to go, but if not and they have to make that decision for me, they know in their hearts they did everything they could to give me as much time as possible.

I know they are going to miss me. I have always been such a pawful...It will seem really quiet without me around.

I hope Sandy and Shadow are there to meet me when I get to the bridge and will introduce me to all the other angels in our family...Mom says they are all quite the characters.

Mom says she needs to stop typing now....she can barely see the screen through her tears

 

I am not done fighting

March 16th 2012 9:21 am
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Well I must say all the popping my friends have done has helped.

Although I am far from being out of the woods, there is still some hope

Mom and Dad took me to the oncologist yesterday really expecting that all my options were gone. But they were suprised when the Vet said we still have options.

It was evident to her that my treatments were no longer working, but she says there are others we can try..

So now i am on a new protocol...It is a stronger drug that Is only given every 3 weeks..It has its pros and cons...

The worst con is that it can effect the liver so I will have to have my liver enzymes monitored weekly

The best pro is that it is easier on the digestion so that I should be able to eat more of the foods I like without getting the squirts...

Mom is not getting her hopes up too much, but is very grateful that at least I will have more time to be with her and Dad

 

Treatments no longer seem to be working

March 15th 2012 9:03 am
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Mom says that My treatments no longer seem to be working....we had been so optimistic the first few months when all my nodes had shrunk and i was feeling so good, but that ended about a week ago.

First Dad noticed the node on my back leg had swollen again so we saw the oncologist and they gave me an early treatment hoping to get the node to shrink again...It seem to but then mom found the node on my neck this morning was all swollen up.....Mom says it is now making eating difficult which is something I really need to do.

I have an appointment this afternoon, but mom is pretty sure that there won't be any more good news to report :(

 

Continuing my Chemo Treatments

January 16th 2012 12:45 pm
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Well mom decided now was a good time to let everyone know that the treatments are working ....Yay for me....

The Oncologists...(yes I have 2) were a little concerned because a couple of nodes were still a little swollen, but when i went today they said those had shrunk a lot since the last visit.....Yay again

They were actually a little surprised by that, because I am at the point in my treatments where normally things begin to slow down and usually the nodes won't shrink anymore....

I have been really lucky with my treatments...Although I occasionally get the runs the treatments have not cause me too many problems

So mom says to thank everyone for all the popping and the gifts on my page :)

 

My Life with Cancer...

November 2nd 2011 2:22 pm
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Ok so some of you may know that I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Mom says that although she worries every day, I am quite the lucky pup

First I am lucky that the Cancer was found so soon. Mom and Dad found a lump on my leg and took me as soon as they could to the vet to have it checked.

Second Mom says I am lucky cause the Vets we are going to rushed all the tests and got me on treatment as fast as they could.

Third Mom says I am lucky cause they can afford the chemo treatments that should give me at least another year of life.

Of course there is bad parts...

The treatments will last almost weekly for 6 month.
The treatments may cause me to not feel good and I could have side effects like thinning fur...nausea and the runs, though so far I have not had any issues
And of course most likely I will not have more then a year in remission, but mom says I am at least 13 now so If I get another good year to live then she will make the best of them

 

My Life with Cancer...

November 2nd 2011 2:21 pm
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Ok so some of you may know that I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Mom says that although she worries every day, I am quite the lucky pup

First I am lucky that the Cancer was found so soon. Mom and Dad found a lump on my leg and took me as soon as they could to the vet to have it checked.

Second Mom says I am lucky cause the Vets we are going to rushed all the tests and got me on treatment as fast as they could.

Third Mom says I am lucky cause they can afford the chemo treatments that should give me at least another year of life.

Of course there is bad parts...

The treatments will last almost weekly for 6 month.
The treatments may cause me to not feel good and I could have side effects like thinning fur...nausea and the runs, though so far I have not had any issues
And of course most likely I will not have more then a year in remission, but mom says I am at least 13 now so If I get another good year to live then she will make the best of them

 

Gigi Harpur Poem

May 14th 2009 3:09 pm
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Kramer - Big Red - is a very brave guy
get too close to his car, you might wish you would die

He'll bark and he'll growl, he'll scare you away
and hope you won't try it on some other day.

He's good at his job, so far all is well
but he's keeping his eyes out, you never can tell

BACK OFF - RIGHT NOW - I MEAN YOU THERE
It's a very good warning, hey at least he is fair.

If you choose to ignore his barks or his growls
you might find yourself inside of his jowls.

I don't know if he really would eat you
but heed his warnings and take the clue

He's lovely and pretty and so very strong
it's so nice to have a dog ride along.

 
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