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I had to take Biscuit in to the vet this morning to have her anal glands expressed (fun, fun, fun!) and while I was there, the biopsy results for Penny mast cell came in.  Dr. Izumi came right into the room to see me.  I knew it wasn't good news by the look on her face.

 

Penny has Grade 3 mast cell cancer - this is as bad as it gets.  We don't know if or how far it has spread, and are heading to an oncologist tomorrow morning.  I'm sure they'll do more tests to check for internal spreading, and then go from there.  We're either looking at chemo, radiation, or just keeping her as comfortable as possible over the next few months.

 

You'd never know anything was wrong with her.  She's in good spirits and it's all I can do to keep her from chasing Biscuit around the yard and starting a wrestling smackdown.

 

My DH is absolutely devastated.  I found him weeping in the bedroom this afternoon.  I have known him for 32 years, and this is the first time I've seen him this broken up.  Penny was there for him through two rounds of prostate cancer and treatment, and now I know he wants to do everything possible for her.

 

I'll keep you all posted.  Your love, prayers, and emails have meant more than you know.

 

Penny sends much love to each and every one of you.

 

 

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Comment by Camilla and Darwin on May 9, 2011 at 7:51pm
I am so, so sorry. Please keep us posted, we are all thinking of you...
Comment by Lynn D. on May 9, 2011 at 7:20pm
OMG, I am so sorry about the diagnosis. You will be in our thoughts.
Comment by Maryann,Roo and Tigger on May 9, 2011 at 7:14pm
hugs, love, kind thoughts and prayers to you all  - the C word is so horrible
Comment by Joanne ~ Spud* on May 9, 2011 at 7:02pm

Michele,

You and Penny were the first to ever greet me here on DK.  I've never forgotten that day and you will be in my thoughts each time I sign on to DK.............. Keeping Penny, you and DH in my thoughts.

Comment by Jennifer and Jack on May 9, 2011 at 6:58pm
I am so sorry to read this, I just can't imagine how that feels, I am sending my love and prayers...I wish I could do better then that.. I wish I could send a cure....Thank you for the update..
Comment by BG and Gavin on May 9, 2011 at 6:48pm
Your post has brought tears to my eyes.  I feel terrible for you and your DH.  Give Penny a big hug.  We will continue to hope for the best possible outcome.
Comment by Suzann, Rosey & Bandit on May 9, 2011 at 6:19pm
oh dear, this is heartbreaking.  We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Comment by Linda and Murphy on May 9, 2011 at 6:18pm
Michelle, this just breaks my heart. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers
Comment by Pam & Trixie on May 9, 2011 at 6:07pm
Im so sorry to hear this news also.  Sending Doodle kisses & hugs your way.
Comment by Deborah & Emmett Vaughan on May 9, 2011 at 6:02pm

We are sooo sorry to hear about Penny's cancer.  My thoughts and prayers are with you, her and your DH.  It's a tough time but having lost a nondoodle best friend to cancer last year, you know you'll be able to make the right decisions for her regardless of what avenues to take.  They almost comforts us and let us know they'll be alright.  Please keep us posted and know that we are all here to help you and Penny in any way we can.   

 

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