As many of you know who have been following us, my friend Porter is fighting stage 3 Mast Cell Cancer.
He is really a champ, this is his 8th week on Palladia, and the lymph nodes have all shrunk to normal size and he is his normal peppy self.
Quite a big change from thinking we had 2-4 weeks left with him.
We hike a lot, and at least according to some people, we hike too much (don’t get me started). It is something that we have done together since he was a pup…
…and someday (in like 100 years) when he is gone I will walk those same trails and think of him and maybe smile through the tears.
He woke up having trouble walking one morning 2 weeks ago, and together we made it down the stairs. I noticed it was his right front leg that he was having issues with.
It was so hard seeing him so confused and in pain, and being able to do nothing to help him.
When you are dealing with a complex medical condition such as cancer, you think everything that happens is because of the cancer. This isn’t necessarily so, but still, when the problem your buddy is having is on the same side of the cancer – the place you know it is likely to spread – you can’t help but worry.
What bothered me was that we hadn’t hiked or done anything to speak of for almost 2 weeks. If he hurt himself hiking, it would have shown up before then – which is exactly what freaked me out.
So we went to the vet, did x-rays, and determined that it was thankfully not cancer causing the problem, it was something else, likely a soft tissue injury or some sort.
I felt like we dodged a bullet. Since our vet wasn’t sure what exactly was causing his pain, she prescribed rest, pain medicine, and an anti inflammatory.
Within 2 days, he was back to himself. I kept him rested for another week or so, going on a few easy walks along the river/Wyman Lake.
Yesterday we went back up to Moxie Bald Mountain (and forgot our camera, but trust me, it is a freaking cool place).
Porter and I had big plans to do this epic back packing trip this fall to help increase awareness about canine cancer and to raise money for the National Canine Cancer Foundation, who funds grants to cancer researchers to help find better cures, treatments, and to find find more accurate, cost effective ways to diagnose canine cancer.
Well, in light of Porter’s mystery injury, we amended our plans.
We are still going to work to raise money to help fund canine cancer research, in hopes it will help others facing the same issues as we are (see the banner on the right of my blog, or click HERE to donate).
We are saving the epic trip for next year – we are going to celebrate him beating the odds. I can’t wait!
Thanks for reading!
Mandy & Porter