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I'm so very sorry Sara has cancer, she's a beautiful girl. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and her.
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Hi everyone, we received the worst news yesterday... Our vet believes Sara (10 yrs) probably has lymphoma. I can't believe it, and it's very hard to accept that my girl may not be here much longer.

She started acting "not herself" from Saturday night after we went swimming in the morning. She didn't drink much water, but still had a good appetite for food. She would lay around more often, and walk around with a droopy tail. I was petting her when I noticed her lymph nodes behind her jaw were swollen.

Today, my girlfriend will be taking Sara to the animal cancer center to have her fully checked out. I'm praying that the cancer is in an early stage, and that the cost of chemo isn't outrageous. I would hate to have to make a choice based on cost!

I'm so nervous to hear the news later today

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Well, today is first day after initial chemo. What a change! She is acting like herself again, and with good energy! I don't want to jinx us, but I hope this is a good sign.

She's very hungry and extremely thirsty. Eating more and drinking more is far better than not doing any of those things.

I hope her body takes the chemo well. We exercise regularly, and go swimming once a week. Hopefully with regular exercise, and chemo the cancer goes into remission quickly.
But it's not without hesitation I say this, because I realize that ultimately, remission means her cancer will come back, and that one day we will have to put her down because of cancer.

...I just hope that won't happen in a decent amount of time.

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I'm so sorry. I will be praying for her. You're so right, no matter how much time we have with them, it's NEVER enough! ♥
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My heart is breaking for Sweet Sara's diagnosis. Wishing you many more memory making days!


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Never enough time. I wish you can have good quality time with Sara. Sending Sara more prayers and hugs. Let her eat good food to build up her immune system to fight this cancer thing.
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Sara had her chemo on Wednesday, and already on Thursday morning, all her lymph nodes have reduced! I can't feel her lymph nodes on her neck anymore! And like I mentioned earlier, she is back to acting like herself.
Not sure if it's the chemo or the prednisone steroids, but she drinks a TON of water... I'm a little nervous about at night and hopefully she doesn't have to "hold it" too much.

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Yippe. It is a real cause of celebration to see those lumps go down. We pray that they stay that way for a long, long, long, long time!!

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Keeping Sara in our thoughts that she continues to eat and feel well and that the Chemo does the trick to keep this in check.

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all her lymph nodes have reduced! I can't feel her lymph nodes on her neck anymore! And like I mentioned earlier, she is back to acting like herself.

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Good Report - cherish all the time with sweet Sara.
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