I was reminded yesterday that it has been over 2 months since the last post.
I remember the urgency and the stress when Addie was first diagnosed. Because of that I posted every 1-3 days because so much was happening and everything was so new. I am glad those days are over. However, when we receive a blog comment or an e-mail from someone who is entering week 1 of the hemangiosarcoma battle, I recall that time like it was last month.
For the past 2 months, Addie has been doing well cancer wise. She is now 14 1/2 years old. Very soon we hope to be celebrating her 4 year, post diagnosis anniversary which is just a few short weeks away.
I feel we did everything we could do for her then and still today. But as she gets older day by day, I know that we will have the face the inevitable sooner rather than later. I honestly don’t think it will be from the cancer. Although she does have many lumps (on her paws, on her sides, etc) they are internal and do not seem to be growing at an alarming rate. She has had these types of lumps for more than 4 years. I think when the time comes, it will be age related. It chokes me up every time I think of it but I keep telling myself that she has had a good quality of life for each of those 14+ years.
We ask ourselves those quality of life questions on a more frequent basis now: Is she in pain? Does she still like to be around us? Does she still love to eat? Does she still want to play on occasion? At this time we can say an absolute yes to all but the first.
How do you know if they are in true pain or just achy from age? It is harder for her to get up and down but it doesn’t look like she is in pain. However, we know that dogs are great at hiding pain sometimes, aren’t they? For now, we do not believe her pain (if any) is at a high level.
I think we really just need to keep cherishing every day she is with us. We have had a lot of practice with that since we have been doing it every day for over 4 years. I guess that is an upside to the cancer. We now make sure to appreciate our dogs every day with hugs and kisses.
Have you given puppy kisses to your pups today? 🙂