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Lydia update: good news from the vet

by Therese on July 19, 2008

in Dogs, Lydia's cancer, My pets

20080701lydia.jpgLydia’s having a great day today!

She started out the day body slamming the bed to let me know it was time for me to get my sorry butt outta bed and get her some breakfast. After that she fussed at the cat, growled at Archie, chased after some toys in the back yard, and did the whole body wag after my brother and I got back from lunch. All in all, she’s having a pretty darn good doggie day.

On Wed. she had her first chemo treatment but before that she had a few cells aspirated from a swollen lymph node near her aorta. Because of the location of the lymph node, they had to put her out in order to make sure she was perfectly still. She did fine, and the procedure went pretty much text book perfect. After the sedation and chemo, she was pretty groggy the rest of the day, but Thursday morning she was ready for her breakfast. The chemo doesn’t seem to be causing her any problems so far.

Yesterday I heard from the vet who said the cells were inconclusive – they can’t say for sure either way. But, he also said cells like this in the lymph nodes are normally a reaction to surgery (Lydia’s surgery was July 1). So, even though it’s not as good as “it’s not cancer” it’s certainly better than “it’s cancer.” He’s going to do an ultrasound in another few weeks to take another look at the lymph node. Hopefully it’ll be smaller by then.

I want to thank everyone who’s been sending prayers, good thoughts, positive energy, and healing light our way. I absolutely believe it helps! I’m going to keep up the Lydia updates…I plan on posting an update on her about once a week, probably on Friday or Saturday. Thanks again for the good thoughts…please keep them coming!

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jan July 20, 2008 at 10:17 am

The great thing about dogs is what they don’t understand about what is happening in their bodies. Good news that Lydia is having good days. We are sending all positive energy your way. I am convinced that helps.


Therese July 20, 2008 at 10:33 am

Thanks, Jan! I definitely believe the positive energy helps – thanks for sending some Lydia’s way. It’s working!!


matt July 20, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Go Lydia!! All the best.


Therese July 21, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Thanks, Matt!


Carol July 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I don’t usually post here, just read, but today I have to give you my very best wishes and good thoughts to both you and Lydia. I had just gone through cancer treatment with my beloved golden Harry and when we found out in Jan that the cancer was back despite aggressive treatment….our oncologist told us the most important medicine of all—-don’t treat him like he is sick—treat him and do things with him that you would do if you did not have this diagnosis…..and you may already have been told that but in case you didn’t—I wanted you to know….Unfortunately Harry had a very very aggressive sarcoma that took him just shy of his 3rd birthday….I remember meeting lots of folks at the oncologist’s office and to hear good news like you have gotten over this kind of tumor is very encouraging…I send you my heartfelt wishes for some very good days ahead! And i do believe in positive thoughts to help as I had some great people over at itchmo helping me get through the last months…


Therese July 21, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Carol, I’m so sorry to hear about Harry…and such a young guy, too. It sounds like you gave him the best chance possible, and I that’s really all we can do.

Thank you for the encouraging words about Lydia. I’m doing my best to treat her normally. Unfortunately we can’t do our walks now because the chemo is likely to weaken her immune system. Other than that though, she’s getting the usual treatment…including “hush” when she Archie go overboard barking at people walking by the house! lol

We still have a battle ahead, but I’m taking every positive moment…every bit of good news…and enjoying it.

And now, I think it’s time to get the pool out for the dogs!


Sharon H July 21, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Headed over here after Gina posted a link on petconnection.

Crossed paws (fingers) for Lydia – she’s beautiful.

A little story here: My Mom’s dog Fred T. Dogg was diagnosed with bone cancer right in the middle of my mom’s 2nd chemo series after a mastectomy. He was 85 lbs and the cancer was in his shoulder. My parents made the decision to take him home and spoil him rotten. The biggest concern was Fred’s shoulder would get brittle and break.

Fred kept my Mom company for 4 months, eating steaks and ribs like a king and being generally sassy, warming her feet, taking naps, just being with her. They didn’t treat him differently at all. He still woke my Dad at 4:32 every morning for his walk. He did this until 1 week before he was euthanized – just 1 week after my Mom finished her chemo.

Live every moment, love every moment, and RELISH every moment that you have with your wonderful furry companions.

Good luck and God Bless!!


Therese July 22, 2008 at 10:23 am

Thanks Sharon! It sounds like Fred had a great time the last few months, and I’m sure he was a comfort for your Mom!

Lydia was a great comfort to my Mom when she was fighting leukemia a few years ago. Mom used to call Lydia her little nurse.


Tesla July 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Will be keeping you in our prayers, I lost my kitty to a brain tumor a week ago yesterday and am still devastated. I met a lot of new friends on Itchmo Forums and I can’t tell you what a comfort it was to have them. Their support and compassion was/is priceless. Carol sent us your link and is encouraging us to expand our prayers your way. I will be praying for Lydia and praying for you and your family at this difficult time.
{{{{hugs}}}}} Tesla


Therese July 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Thanks, Tesla. Your kind words and prayers mean a lot – especially considering it’s only been a short (but long) week since you lost your kitty. I know all too well the type of pain that comes along with losing a dear pet family member. My heart goes out to you.


lesliek July 22, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Therese- So sorry to hear about Lydia being ill. Sending positive thoughts and prayers for a good ultrasound result. Its a very good sign that she is having good days with the chemo. Hoping for many more for both of you.


Therese July 22, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Thank you for the positive thoughts and prayers, Leslie. I know it makes a difference…for both of us actually!!


JJ October 11, 2008 at 12:54 am

Lydia sure is one beautiful lil lady with her coloring. Hopefully she is doing ok from the treatments. Carol sent us the link over here at Itchmo and wanted to let you know will be thinking good, positive thoughts the chemo will get rid of all the cancer.


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