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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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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 01:35 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about Sara! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Let us know how her checkup went.

Also, not sure if you're aware, but see if your vet accepts CareCredit. It's an interest-free credit account with varying monthly payoff options used at vets, dentists, and doctors.


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O my heart goes out to you. So sorry!
Please keep any eye out for Andy's thread on the main discussion section of this forum for some awe-some inspiration. We pray that you have a lot more time with Sara than you think!

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Thinking of you. The waiting and wondering before a final diagnosis can be so tough. Have you heard anything back yet? We've worried so much at times, too, about the cost of the chemo but somehow every month we've figured out how to financially manage it. I hope your vet provides you with all of the necessary information so you can make a good decision.

We have a Sara, too. Hugs to you, Sara and your family.
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Praying for Sara and you-please keep us posted as to what they say.

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Hi everyone,
Thanks so much for the positive replies... it helps to hear the encouragement from all of you.

The cancer center did confirm it is lymphosarcoma
They believe it is stage IV, which means inflamed liver/spleen. We started chemo today, and will run 24 weeks. Once per week for 10 weeks, then every other week.
The dr was very surprised how up-beat, and active Sara is, given her current state. Not sure what it means, but it can't be a bad thing.

Of course, I am hoping that her body takes the chemo well, and the cancer goes into remission. It's still hard coming to grips that this is what she has, and remission may only last 8-12 months. There is never enough time...

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I am very sorry for your Sara. Tonight I am reading in this section so many new threads, makes me very sad to see that. Sending positive vibes and prayers for sweet Sara, such a beautiful girl.

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