Lymphoma Diagnosis

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've been on the site as things have been going well with Teddy for the most part and, for some reason, I stopped getting email notifications from any ongoing discussions between members (???). Anyway, we've had a rough week. After multiple doctor's appointments trying to get to the bottom of Teddy's coughing, heavy breathing, and weird lumps that we thought at first were benign lipomas, Teddy visited a specialist and we received a lymphoma diagnosis this week. Of course, we are absolutely devastated as he is just under 7 years old, the love of our lives, and we thought we'd have him for much longer. The oncologist has recommended chemo (Wisconsin protocol) but we are really struggling with next steps. He is currently on prednisone while we decide what to do and was given elspar at the specialist visit on Monday. He doesn't do well on the pred (GI issues and lethargic) so after 3 days of full dosing I am going to half dose to taper him off it. I hate the idea of putting more chemicals into his body and really want him to have quality of life. We've been thinking about just going the holistic/natural route instead of chemo. Has anyone been through this and have advice/insight for us? Thank you so much.

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  • Hi Nicole, just checking in on Teddy. Monty had his re-check yesterday and is still in remission. It's been a year since he finished the chemo regiment. Hope Teddy is feeling well.

    • I just saw you responded back in June when I asked about Monty - I don't know why I didn't get the notification. Doodle Kisses seems to do weird things since they switched platforms - I don't get near the notifications I used to. Anyway, I really am so excited for you guys that it's been a year since you finished chemo. Teddy went into remission pretty much right after we started the protocol so I'm hopeful he'll last that long too! I love what you said about it being 'magic time' - it definitely is. It's always in the back of my mind - trying to sear those good times when he's playing in the hose, being a cuddle-bug, etc, into my mind. A bit bittersweet but so happy we still have him. I will definitely look into the K9 immune support too - question, would it make sense to do the turkey tail mushroom supplement (i just bought it) along with the K9 immune support, or wait until i'm done with the turkey tail?)! Please keep me posted and I'll do the same!

      • Yeah, I was not getting the notifications either.

        I think you can do them both, either way. I think the K9 immune support has some of it in there as well. 

        Took Monty swimming yesterday at a place where his younger brother goes for daycare. I only found them last fall and I was not sure Monty would be still around to enjoy their pool when it opens for the new season. He had a blast. It's just so great to see them having fun and it totally makes me forget there is anything wrong.9307946866?profile=RESIZE_930x

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        • That is so precious! He's having a ball! What a daycare! Teddy loves the water too. We are bringing him on a road trip up to Cape Cod later in August - I really hope he does well. When did you add doodle #2? We are getting a puppy in the fall and while Teddy does really well with other dogs, I'm afraid he has a bit of the 'only child' syndrome. Any advice? 

    • Hi! I had posted a few weeks ago to ask how Monty was doing but not sure you saw it. Sooo glad to hear he is doing well - such fantastic news! I bet you are so happy. Teddy finished chemo (and graduated - they made such an ordeal - it was really cute) 2 weeks ago today. For the most part he did really well, however, with the last 2 treatments struggled - ended up with a dilated upper small intestine and spent the other night in the hospital because he wasn't eating/drinking. He is home now and is on the mend. We'll go for his 1st month check up beginning of August. The doctor also told us about turkey tail mushroom and how it's been shown to have some positive effects on cancer patients. We're giving that to him as well as CBD oil. Praying he's in the 25% who last longer than 1 year. We have a big vacation planned end of August that I'm hoping he's at his best for. How has your year of remission been? Thanks for reaching out! :)

      • Glad to hear Teddy is done with chemo as well. Sorry about the hospitalization. Hope he keeps doing well.

        Yes, I knew about turkey tail from when my other doodle got Hemangiosarcoma. I started Monty on K9 medicinals several months ago, I though I told you about it, but maybe I forgot. 

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        I actually also give it to our young doodle as well now. Our year in remission has been great. He had some issues with skin cysts bursting and strained muscles, but nothing connected with cancer. I keep forgetting there is anything wrong. But I do understand we are on borrowed time. My friend called it "magic time".

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  • Hi Nicole, glad to hear Teddy is doing well with the chemo. Yes, I had the same fear when we were nearing the end of the chemo regiment. It will always be on your mind, unfortunately. Knock on wood, Monty is doing well. I just made his appointment for re-check. It will be in the middle of July, exactly a year after we finished chemo. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Any updates, Nicole?

    • You are so sweet to ask! We decided to go the chemo route and Teddy has just finished his fourth treatment. The first three treatments were a breeze – only one morning each time of not feeling well afterwards but other than that his usual self. This last treatment, the fourth, was a little bit harder. He's been getting up in the middle of the night to go outside several times for the past 4 nights and has definitely been lower energy. Doc examined him last week though and said treatment is working as he can barely feel the lymph nodes. This week is a bloodwork appointment only and we will be happy for a break. We are taking it day by day and so far insurance has paid for much of the treatments but eventually we will hit our annual max. Definitely thankful for the time we have and moments when he is his usual joyful self are bitter sweet as I know what's lurking beneath the surface. How is Monty doing?

      • So happy to hear Teddy is handling it well. Bummer about the annual max on the insurance.

        Monty has an oncology check-up on Tuesday, so I'm slightly panicked. But he seems to be doing well. Will keep you posted.

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