Day 1 – Monday, May 13, 2013
I remember it was about 9 a.m. My husband usually didn’t get up until 9:30, as he worked swing. When he called, he was in tears. I didn’t need him to say the words, but took them stoically all the same. I was never in doubt. Lymphoma. Fast-growing. The one in her throat would likely cut off her air supply if it kept increasing in size. The lumps had already doubled in size in one week. I had to be realistic. She probably had less than two weeks before she suffocated to death.
Why did I select this date as Day 1? Because it was the day we knew, for sure. I knew when I noticed the lumps, was told when he noticed them. But until the vet confirmed they were cancer, we could not act. Now begins the war, our own personal war on cancer. Lucy is our guinea pig, our test subject, our patient. Her longevity will decide whether Sasha survives, if and when she is found to have cancer. Sasha is very, very like our girl Daisy, in size, conformity, breeding, and temperament. Daisy lived with us for barely two years. We’ve had Sasha now for one year, five months. She has a tiny lump on her crown, about the size of a large zit. Its firm and it annoys her when we explore it. The first sign of cancer in Daisy, which we didn’t understand until it was too late, was a small growth near one eye, six months before the lumps started popping out of her skin. We thought it was just a cyst.
The clock is ticking.
After I got off the phone with my husband, I called the vet and asked questions about the medication he was recommending. Prednisone and a stomach coater. I got price quotes and asked for a one week supply. I knew what I wanted to do, needed to do. But what I needed most was time. The Prednisone would give us that time.
By the time I got home, I had also located two sources of Amygdalina, a Mexican brand of Amygdalin, Vitamin B17, in oral tablet form. I placed orders with both, not knowing which would arrive first. Every day counted now.
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