I just wanted to thank everyone for their support, thoughts and prayers. I am so glad to have you all to lean on during this.
I'm trying to stay optimistic, but this is all making me really nervous. There is so much to think about - cancer diets, what course of treatment they might suggest, how we might work that out, etc. It's a little overwhelming.
I know I shouldn't be buying into worst case scenarios. Kevin has cautioned me about this, as has Kate/lbrdorable. But I am the type of person who likes to think everything all the way through, every possibility, so I'm not caught off guard. I can't seem to stop thinking. :-\
I checked out a couple of books about holistic healing and dogs with cancer today.
It's just so hard to think about a dog as young and healthy and vital as Angus as having a cancer diagnosis. It doesn't seem real, in a way, right now. Do you know what I mean? Denial.
Anyway, I'm going to read the books and talk to my dog food lady. I'm also considering going ahead and making him an appointment with a holistic vet, just to see what their take would be.
I think I might need to go in and have a face-to-face with the vet once he comes back with the recommendation from UT. Regardless of what it is. I have a million questions floating around in my head, but right now they're all just "what ifs." Once we get a solid plan for our next move, I will need to make a list of questions that apply to that situation.
Sorry to be rambling...just thinking out loud and bouncing things off you guys.
Anyway, thank you again dear JL friends, for everything. It means so much to have people to talk with who understand, sympathize, and have so much knowledge to share. You guys are the best.
Connie and "The Boys":
Angus, Yellow Lab, CGC, RE, CD
Simon, d.b.a. Flat Coated Retriever, CGC, RE, CD
Gone ahead, but forever in my heart:
Crash, Pit Bull x Rottweiler x Golden Retriever
I'm like you... I don't like to be unprepared or hit broadside, so if that means imagining the worst case possible, and then trying to deal with that, I figure anything else will be easier.
Speaking of books, Dr. Martin Goldstein's book "The Nature of Animal Healing" has a great chapter on cancer. Here's the linky: http://www.dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=CDN182
Continued good thoughts and prayers for you and Angus.
Connie, you made the right decision when you were worried about what vet to take him to, so I know you will make the right decision on this, IF it requires treatment.
I like the holistic approach .... atleast seeing a holistic vet, will be a good second opinion. I would read as much as I could possibly find, and in the end, make my decision..... it will be a learning process, for sure. We'll be here, and I have complete faith in your decision making.......... (((hugs)))
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
I think a consult with a holistic vet is a great idea.
Connie there is a lot to be said for "positive thinking." Now is one of those times. I agree with what your husband said. Nothing but positive thoughts for your boy.
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I think you are responding perfectly naturally. I would be doing the same thing. Being prepared is very prudent. researching and finding out as much as you can will help you give him the best care possible because you will know what to do.
And prayers and healing thoughts for Angus.
Connie - stay strong.
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Brenda from Connecticut
Continued thoughts and prayers for Angus. I'm like you in trying to think about EVERYTHING so I can be prepared! I agree that the holistic vet is a good idea.
I am really sorry this is happening, but I think you are doing everything that can be done. Angus couldn't have a better mom!
[[[[[[[[Connie]]]]]]]]] It's ok..I"m like you..always thinking the worst. Hang in there..we're here for you and Angus.
Continued good thoughts for all of you. I hope you find a way to stop "thinking" so much so you get some positive vibes going. Wishing Angus all the best.