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I went through this back in December, and we had to put down our Gus a little less than two weeks after the diagnosis because things progressed so fast. He had Cutaneous T-cell, though, which is rare, fast, and responds relatively poorly to chemo.
A lot of B-cell dogs do well, as do some T-cell dogs, but only you and your dog can really make the decision to go through with it or not.
Steroids and pain meds can do a lot to ease symptoms when they get bad and buy you more quality time without putting the dog through serious side effects and without taking on an enormous financial burden just for a little bit of time.
For me, talking about Gus, sharing stories, and sending around photos helped me a lot. I certainly cried my eyes out many times, but I found that sharing my fears and my grief helped them move through me. After all, we only cry because of the joy we've known, right?
Be strong and don't be afraid to keep us updated. You've got a forum full of people who will love hearing about your Lady and will love seeing pictures of her. And there will be people (once they notice this thread) with more advice and perspective about chemo, managing symptoms, and how to know it's time.