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Sad to see so many posters in this group . And now I'm a part of the club, too. Used to post a few years back but fell away and now I'm here looking for people who understand and 'get it.'

I posted an intro story in that group but wanted to poke my head in here, too. Scout is 9 1/2 and was diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumor, Stage 2, High Grade in October. He had massive surgery to remove the tumor on his face but they were unable to get clean margins. He's on an oral chemo drug every 3 weeks for 21 weeks and is also on prednisone, benadryl and pepcid...among other natural remedies, too.

The vet gave him a 6 month life span 3 1/2 months ago and I'm devastated. Learning to take every moment we have and enjoy the present and not get too obsessed with the future but it's so, so hard. I look at his face and can't imagine life without him. Right now he has good days and bad days but the good ones still outweigh the bad.

Making matters harder is that he's the first dog I've ever owned as an adult and I have never had to put a pet to sleep. I will be with him, when the time comes, but I stress out about the decision and what that day will be like all of the time. Sigh. I'm so sorry so many of us are in this situation.

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I just saw your other post.
Again, I am so sorry about your furbaby. Will keep him in my thoughts and wishing him all the best!
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Sad to see so many posters in this group . And now I'm a part of the club, too. Used to post a few years back but fell away and now I'm here looking for people who understand and 'get it.'

I posted an intro story in that group but wanted to poke my head in here, too. Scout is 9 1/2 and was diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumor, Stage 2, High Grade in October. He had massive surgery to remove the tumor on his face but they were unable to get clean margins. He's on an oral chemo drug every 3 weeks for 21 weeks and is also on prednisone, benadryl and pepcid...among other natural remedies, too.

The vet gave him a 6 month life span 3 1/2 months ago and I'm devastated. Learning to take every moment we have and enjoy the present and not get too obsessed with the future but it's so, so hard. I look at his face and can't imagine life without him. Right now he has good days and bad days but the good ones still outweigh the bad.

Making matters harder is that he's the first dog I've ever owned as an adult and I have never had to put a pet to sleep. I will be with him, when the time comes, but I stress out about the decision and what that day will be like all of the time. Sigh. I'm so sorry so many of us are in this situation.

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Please stay close to this forum. We are all here for you and Scout.

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I am so sorry. And yes I agree that cancer sucks. Try to remember that the prognosis is just that, dogs can outlive their prognosis. I'm not that familiar with mast cell cancer, but I'm sure others on the forum are. Sending positive thoughts to you.

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Cancer DOES suck. But it is also true that there is a lot of living and love that can be experienced in three months. You are right to try to focus on the good things. Use the tense energy of fear for the unknown to write your bucket list for Scout and then force yourself to go and do these things to release the tension for all of you. It is time to turn your face to the sun and let all of the darkness fall behind as you are already doing everything that you possibly can. Scout has already taught you so much about strength and determination and has so much more to give, follow his lead.

I found that I fell in love with my girl all over again at a time when I did not think that I could love her more. Now that she is gone I realise that she is a part of me which is why I think about her constantly. The cancer path is intense but unfortunately it is the price we pay for being blessed enough to have known these beautiful souls.

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You are all amazing. Thank you so much. To feel such warmth and understanding from virtual strangers brings me to tears. Thank you all for keeping Scout in your prayers.


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I am so so sorry for you. Since October I've been facing this as well. I was ready to put my boy to sleep thinking that would be the best after being told that his tumor was likely spread into his lungs. For some reason, the doctor was wrong.(actually I have had about 4 different opinions) I got many different opinions and I am so glad I did. My boy had his cancer removed from his face and so far good. Please don't give up hope. I can truly understand how you're feeling because I was there not long ago and basically quit my life because I couldn't leave the house. You mustn't give up hope. I know how hard it is to be positive, but your boy will feed off your energy. I remember demanding to my Charlie that he HAD to be ok and I am certain he started crying with me! Keep supporting your boy and I honestly with all my heart wish him and you the best.


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So sorry that you are facing this with your beloved Scout. Cancer does definitely suck for people and for our golden children. Sending thoughts for much more time with your boy.

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We are here for you and Scout and for all the other members and their dogs that are ill. Some of us find out that are pets have cancer, and some of us don't find out until the end and it's unexpected. That's why we all have to live one day at a time and treasure every moment we're given, whether we're human or canine.

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Hugs and prayers for Scout.


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