Indy’s Blog

Indy’s Mom recently reached out to us as her dog Indy had just recently had a splenectomy and the Dr.’s were pretty sure it was hemangiosarcoma.  Never a good diagnosis. While she waited the biopsy results, she found Addie’s blog and neoplasene. Unfortunately, the diagnosis was Histiocytic Sarcoma which is actually worse than hemangiosarcoma is one can believe that!  Indy just started on neoplasene and they started a blog to help others.  Follow Indy’s journey here.

Yahoo Groups

This is one of my favorite pictures of Addie - taken right after she had her daily cottage cheese. We call it Cheese Face 🙂

I subscribe to several Yahoo groups focused around dogs with cancer. I get an email every day from all of them with questions, answers, and stories. At first I read everyone one word for word. But what I realized after some time, is that although they provide a wealth of helpful information, they can get so depressing. It seems every day a member of the group posts that their companion, the one they were trying to save, didn’t make it. They passed over the Rainbow Bridge as they say. I now find that I often skim the titles and try to avoid any with the word ‘bridge’ in them. I know others are pouring their hearts out after doing everything they possibly could, but after 2 1/2 years, it just makes me feel so bad.

Recently, someone posted and asked those that had “miracle dogs” – those that had dogs that have lived long past their Dr. diagnosed date, to give some feedback in a survey. I was happy to help and it was good to have something to work towards. What if hundreds of people contribute to the survey and we find a trend? Maybe not likely, but the hope that is for new people joining the group, they will have one place to go to see all the various treatments people have tried and what successes/losses have occurred. It may not save all the dogs, but I am eager to help out in something positive – something hopefully will help others who unfortunately find themselves subscribing to various Yahoo groups as I did 2 1/2 years ago feeling overwhelmed.

Maybe someday all these groups can be discontinued as we will no longer need it as there will be a cure… maybe someday.

July 16: Little Ray of Hope – Neoplasene

July 16, 2008

After crying and feeling hopeless for most of 24 hours, we decided to do some research on Hemangiosarcoma as well as any alternative options to chemo.

Rob came across a drug called Neoplasene. It reported some amazing results in dogs with all types of cancer. He made a call to Dr. Fox at Buck Mountain Botanicals to purchase some of the medicine but was told that only a veterinarian could order. On Thursday, he had our local veterinarian order it for us for Monday delivery.

I still researched all weekend. The bad news was that there was not much information about neoplasene being used on dogs with Hemangiosarcoma. There were very few cases to be found.

That is the reason for this blog.

We want to post about how we are attempting to improve the quality and quantity of Addie’s remaining time with us.

Our hope is that it will help others that follow with our same struggle.