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Update on Lydia: I hope it’s not cancer again

by Therese on November 2, 2010

in Dogs, Lydia's cancer, My pets, Pet Health

canine cancer sucksI HATE CANCER!!!

Yes, I know using all caps is like shouting, but when it comes to my feelings about cancer there aren’t capital letters big enough to express how I feel about it. So yes, I am shouting!

It’s been 2 years and 4 months since Lydia was diagnosed with cancer. She had a couple tumors removed, and went through 9 months of chemo. She did great, and has been in remission ever since. In fact, I haven’t even done an update about  her cancer in quite some time because . . . well . . . there just hasn’t been anything to talk about. She’s been running around like any other happy, healthy dog.

We just got back from the vet’s office a little while ago. We went in for Lydia’s 3 month ultrasound and unlike all the other ultrasounds, the radiologist found something. He found a tumor that’s about 1 inch in diameter in one of her lymph nodes. It could be nothing major – possibly an infection – but the odds of that are pretty slim. Given her history, where the tumor is, and what it looks like on the ultrasound, the radiologist and her vet are guessing it’s cancer again.

They took some cell samples and are sending the slides off to the lab, so we should know something in the next few days. After that, we’ll most likely be on our way to the oncologist’s office again. I really like the oncologist and the staff at the specialty clinic, but damn, I had hoped we’d never have to walk through those doors again – at least not with one of my guys as a patient.

Taking Lydia for an ultrasound is always a little unsettling but over the past couple years that we’ve been having them done, I’ve learned to be calm about it. So far all of her follow-up ultrasounds have been normal, and the vet sends us on our merry way with everyone smiling. Today was so not like that and it really hit me hard. I’m hoping they call and say it’s some type of infection, give us some antibiotics, and call it good. I don’t want to put Lydia through surgery, chemo, and God knows what else. I don’t want either of us to have to deal with that ugly, nasty, hateful monster again!


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Janice November 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Sending prayers for Lydia–hopefully it is not cancer, but if it is, I pray that the treatments will be as successful as the last time.


Sandi K November 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Oh Therese, Im at a loss for words. I hope it doesnt turn out to be what you are fearing. You and Lydia are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let us know as soon as you can OK? {{{{hugs}}} to you and Lydia.


Hannie November 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Dear Therese & Lydia……..
We are just sick to hear about this. I’ll be checking over here on a daily basis & can only pray that we are all getting upset over nothing………please oh please. This just can’t happen again to your precious little girl.
My heart goes out to you & Hannah is worried as well…….you know she loves Lydia…….:-)
Tons of hugs & kisses from both of us.
Janice & Hannah


Lesliek November 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Oh I hope its not cancer ! What a shock after 2 years of good ultrasounds. Please give Lydia a kiss for me, and try to think positively !


Laura B November 2, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I don’t know what to tell you, and I’m not suggesting anything by adding this link, but I think it’s rather interesting & non toxic. In a nutshell, this Italian doctor has been curing cancer by injecting a baking soda solution into the tumor. Basically the theory goes that cancer & illness in general only occurs in an acidic body. Our bodies naturally produce it’s own bicarbonate solution to make sure we don’t get over acidic, but we can still be on the acidic side. I have done candida cleanses that entailed consuming 1 tsp of baking soda in water a day. look at the weblink, just maybe there is a cheap, easy thing to try that is non toxic, no guarantee it will work, but who knows? I really hope your dog doesn’t have cancer again! I’ve recently lost a pet to that earlier in the year and it’s really awful, especially trying to determine when euthanization is the right time. I don’t know if your dog is on any supplements, and if it’s cancer, I am not sure that they would be effective anyway, but adding co-Q10 enzyme may be something to consider, tumeric, is a herb that is said to be a preventative. In fact, consider a vet that does acupuncture because at the very worse, they may be able to extend the dogs life (if its cancer) while keeping any pain to a minimum. (speaking from experience as I’m an acupuncture physician (on humans)).
Good luck.



Therese November 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Thanks, everybody. Lydia and I played ball for a while this evening then played couch potato for the rest of the evening. She’s ready to turn in for the night and just claimed her spot on the bed.


Diana Langley November 3, 2010 at 7:39 am

I really hope the biopsies come back benign. Meanwhile, remember Lydia can pick up on your anxiety. Easier said than done, I know, but try to stay calm.
She is feeling fine right now, but she’ll know she’s the cause of your stress.
I’ve been through this twice with my dogs, and I know this is the worst feeling in the world. Hang in there!


Josie and Sam November 3, 2010 at 8:31 am

Therese and Lydia, Sam and I are keeping you our prayers and thoughts. Remember keep the faith fight the fear. You and Lydia are in good hands.


Alice November 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Therese, I hope Lydia will be okay and that she doesn’t have cancer again, even though she and you were both troopers dealing with it before I hope you don’t have to go down that road horrible path again. My thoughts and prays are with you both. I HATE CANCER TOO after loosing two this year to it.


lisa knaggs November 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Our love and prayers surround you all.


Laurie November 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm


Sending out big hugs to both you & Lydia and praying that the test results are negative for cancer.


Carol Bryant November 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I can relate and feel your pain. My Brandy battled it twice and won and I pray the same outcome for yours. I HATE cancer, too.


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