Yesterday I received some good news – Porter had a check-up and his blood work came back excellent, his lymph nodes seem normal, all his vitals are great…This means he can continue taking Palladia, the medicine that is helping us fight his cancer.
Lots of people have asked me if this means Porter is cured…the answer, sadly, is no. Palladia generally works for about 4 months-1 year before failing – either the cancer adapts to the medicine, or the patient can no longer tolerate the Palladia. There are a few cases of dogs living much longer (we are going for THAT minority), but it is not the norm.
Regardless, we are thankful for every moment…12 weeks ago we thought we had 2 weeks with him, and right now he is doing fantastic. I will take it.
Thank you all so much for your support, love, prayers, and positive thoughts for Porter. We couldn’t have made the fight this far without it.
Speaking of awesome, supportive, positive people – we were lucky enough to have our friend Regina come up from NYC last weekend!
And just in time for her visit, Maine was unseasonably cold. My original plan was to take her white water rafting (usually the fall is my favorite time to go) but took one look at the temperature (low 50s) and we decided against it.
Fortunately, it was great hiking weather, and Porter loves Peak Bagging, so we took her to our two favorite mountains instead.
Saturday, we hiked Mosquito Mountain, a great hike that isn’t too far from my house. It is sort of my go to hike for people who haven’t hiked much. It isn’t too steep, but provides amazing views for the short 1.5 mile effort.
It was FREEZING on top, so Porter, ever the gentleman, kept Regina warm at the top…
And always the Mountain Dog, he was the first one to the summit…
The next day we met my friend Beth and made the hour drive to the Eagle Rock trailhead.
This is a fabulous hike, only 1.5 miles to the top and you are rewarded with a climb up two jaw dropping ledges (known as the “eagle wings”) and amazing views of the area surrounding Moosehead Lake, including Kineo. (Note: This hike is not the best for anyone uncomfortable with ledgy areas/heights…because it is high and ledgy).
We had a ton of fun up there playing around on the “eagle wings”…
We were up there for about an hour, and then decided to head down the mountain and then to Greenville for lunch before heading home. What a great weekend!
Thanks for reading!
Mandy & Porter