The Journey Ends

It has been nearly two weeks since our girl passed away. These past days have been lonely, grief-stricken, and sad. Everything we do reminds us of her…

We knew from the time that Addie started taking Prednisone (and not taking Neoplasene) that there was a good chance that she might succumb. Unfortunately, what we feared did come to pass. However, without the Prednisone we would have lost her sooner as she could barely walk and would not eat. The Prednisone gave her several more weeks of relatively pain-free and enjoyable life. For this reason we do not regret the decision that was made.

During the last day of Addie’s life I was not here to be with her. I had left to make a long overdue family visit and had left Denice here alone with the dogs. We had originally planned to travel together but I knew that we couldn’t leave Addie in the care of someone else given her fragile condition. I couldn’t bear the thought of neither of us being with her if she were to have passed while we both were gone. So, I stayed behind to care for Addie while Denice traveled and Denice stayed here while I was away a couple of weeks later.

During the morning of the 7th of June, a mere two days into my absence from home, Addie collapsed. Denice was able to load her into our vehicle and rush her to our veterinarian. Dr. Ana evaluated Addie, determined that she was extremely anemic, and sent her for a chest x-ray. After the x-ray was taken, Addie’s condition worsened dramatically and the decision was made to euthanize. The next day, Denice buried Addie with her tennis ball on the banks of the lake near our home. I returned several days later knowing that I would not see my girl again.

What happened?

What typically happens to hemangiosarcoma patients who have had emergency splenectomies is that the cancer spreads via the bloodstream to another internal organ where another tumor grows and ruptures. This process usually occurs within 4-6 weeks after the splenectomy and is fatal. For nearly 5 years Addie successfully avoided that fate while she underwent a Neoplasene regimen. Addie stopped taking Neoplasene in favor of Prednisone on April 29, 2013. 5 weeks and 4 days later she passed away. The veterinarian who took Addie’s last x-ray confirmed the presence of an internal mass. We believe that the mass was a tumor that had probably started to grow after the Neoplasene was discontinued and eventually ruptured. Was Neoplasene responsible for giving Addie that 5 years of additional life expectancy beyond what we were told she would have after the splenectomy and hemangiosarcoma diagnosis? You must decide for yourself.

What happens now?

It is our hope that Addie’s experiences with hemangiosarcoma and Neoplasene (which we have tried our best to document here) will continue to offer hope and real results for others who struggle to find a way to help their pets live with this cancer. For this reason this blog will remain here in silent tribute to our faithful companion and the life she led. We will still receive notices if anyone wants to make a comment and/or ask questions of us through the blog. We are more than happy to continue to help if possible. In this way, we hope Addie’s legacy will live on.

Thanks

To Dr. Friedly and Ione at the Natural Healthcare Center for Animals in Falcon Colorado for everything you did for Addie during the time we lived in Colorado and afterwards.

To Buck Mountain Pharmaceuticals for producing Neoplasene, taking the time to speak with us about how to administer it, and for helping us find a way to obtain it.

To Addie’s veterinarians in Costa Rica, Dra. Leandro, Dra Ana, and Dr. Mario.

To our family, friends, and all of you who followed Addie’s Journey.

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A few days after this post was published we sent an email to Dr. Friedly thanking him for his help through the years.  They sent a nice response which we wanted to share:  Friedly_email

Toby’s Journey with Neoplasene

A couple of days ago I receive a blog comment from Lynn.  It was very sad, but it also has a positive side too.

Toby enjoying his Christmas present!

Toby’s Story:  In July, 2011 Toby had collapsed, had an emergency splenectomy at Purdue, and was diagnosed with malignant hemangiosarcoma.  Their options were to do nothing with life expectancy of 1-3 months or chemo with life expectancy of maybe 9 months.  Lynn did a lot of research, stumbled across Addie’s blog page and wanted to try the same alternative treatment.  Luckily Lynn was able to find a local holistic vet who thought Neoplasene made a lot of sense. They soon began the Neoplasene regimen along with cooking Toby’s food.

Unfortunately, they lost Toby this past May.  BUT it was not due to cancer but because he was quite lame from problems with his neck and his last days were quite painful, which they were trying to manage.  When he quit eating they knew it was time to help Toby move on… never an easy decision.  It was 10 months post cancer diagnosis.

When he wasn’t able to go on walks, they found a way to still have him be part of the pack!

Upon Toby’s passing, they requested a necropsy to see where they stood in the end with the hemangiosarcoma.  Vets do not typically suggest necropsies for pet owners since having to put an animal down is such an emotional issue.  However, when Lynn suggested it, they were very grateful that they were willing to have it done.

Purdue University School of Veterinary Science was interested in reviewing the findings.  They did the necropsy it showed NO CANCER anywhere!  They also confirmed the original diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma.  Hmmm… maybe there is something to this Neoplasene and the stopping of the cancer!

How Can We Help?  Dr. Kim Juhlin who has Toby’s holistic vet has seen the benefits of Neoplasene and wants to see if further research can be done to its effectiveness.  She is currently working with Dr. Fischer who is a scientist/veterinarian at Duke University Medical Center and the editor of the American Holistic, Vet. Medical Journal.  Dr. Juhlin has said that if they can get more information from dogs that were diagnosed with cancer and were using neoplasene, they may be able to look into this treatment further.

Currently they already have both Toby and Addie’s information.  But more success cases are needed!  If you have a dog that has been diagnosed with cancer, has been successfully taking Neoplasene for a long time (more than 9 months), please send Dr. Juhlin your dog’s information.  The more information they can receive, the better chance there will be in having Neoplasene be a solution for many more animals.

To contact Dr. Juhlin:  email her at:  valepark99@hotmail.com  and include “neoplasene information” in the subject line.   Let her know your dog’s success story and let’s see if we can’t get more research done on Neoplasene.

Just think, if our dogs can help further research, grants, and better acceptance of Neoplasene, how may other dogs could we help save?  Please help if you qualify!

A Sad Day

Rest In Peace Indy

Today I am sad to report that Indy, a fellow cancer dog that we have been rooting for, has passed away.  Here is the link to the last post on Indy’s blog.  Indy had Histiocytic Sarcoma.  It is a very aggressive form of cancer.  More so than hemangiosarcoma.  But what I want you to read from the last post is that Indy was able to live past the date the Dr.s gave him which was Thanksgiving, 2011.  Unfortunately, he was diagnosed (unrelated to the cancer) with pancreatitis 3 weeks ago.  Indy had been on neoplasene until the diagnosis.  When he was diagnosed, they did a chest x-ray and an ultrasound.  He was cancer free!  Unfortunately they had to stop the neoplasene for 8 days while they treated the pancreatitis.  Upon starting the neoplasene back up, they went back to ramping up his dosage as it needed to be increased due to the type of cancer he had.  Unfortunately, he had trouble walking last night.  They knew something was wrong and rushed him to the ER where they took another ultrasound.  In the short amount of time he was off the neoplasene, the cancer took hold.  They found a fist sized tumor in his abdomen and a smaller one on his lung.  It was too late.

If we can take any good from losing Indy, it is that NEOPLASENE DOES WORK!  He kept the cancer at bay for 7 months!  It is not an exact science and sometimes other things get in the way – like pancreatitis.  But they did everything they could and did give Indy 7 wonderful, quality filled months.

If you are considering neoplasene – please, please try it.  If Addie’s story doesn’t make you believe, I hope Indy’s story does.

Blood Test Part II

After Addie’s last UTI we had her blood tested because of a high specific gravity reading from a urine sample. That blood test showed higher than normal Creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) levels which indicated kidney trouble/failure.

On the advise of our holistic vet, Dr. Friedly, we had her blood re-tested about a month later. The results of that test showed that the Creatinine and BUN levels had returned to the normal range (although at the high-end of normal) but that her alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels now high. In fact, within the 4 weeks between blood tests the ALT (which is a liver indicator) had increased very rapidly and dramatically.

From WebMD:
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ALT measures the amount of this enzyme in the blood. ALT is found mainly in the liver, but also in smaller amounts in the kidneys camera, heart camera, muscles, and pancreas camera. ALT was formerly called serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT).
ALT is measured to see if the liver is damaged or diseased. Low levels of ALT are normally found in the blood. But when the liver is damaged or diseased, it releases ALT into the bloodstream, which makes ALT levels go up. Most increases in ALT levels are caused by liver damage.
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We are already giving Addie Hepagen-C for liver therapy but we had been giving her only about two-thirds the dosage as recommended on the bottle. So, for the time being we are upping her dosage of Hepagen-C to that recommended for her size.

We will be getting another blood test at the end of November to see how things are going.

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.