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Heartwarming Story Of Cancer Survivor Tracy , Who Lost Her Dog Due To Cancer | Dogspot.in

02 Aug 2017 | by | Posted in: Life with Dogs

"Lost my friend, savior and life all at once."

This is a story of a lady suffering from Cancer,Tracy Aherns, who her lost her dog to cancer.

Trucker had developed a small, soft mass on his left upper leg and other similar masses on his body. All the masses were tested and the one on the left leg was diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer (Mastocytoma) in July 2015. Trucker was operated where the doctors had  to remove the mass and surrounding tissues. The doctors had however, warned her that the cancer could return as the margins were not clear.

Cancer mass on his leg

The very next year, in the month of June, Tracy was diagnosed with Stage 2B of Breast Cancer. During the period when she was undergoing chemotherapy and stayed very ill, she noticed a bump on Trucker's leg, right above the part where the incision was made, the bump started growing quickly. His vet suggested to visit an oncologist as the cancer had returned. Due to her own failing health, she could not take him to the oncologist sooner as it was about an hour's drive away from where she stayed.

In October 2016, it was found that he didn't have much loose skin left to remove the mass, it was certain that hiss leg had to be amputated to remove and diagnose the level of cancer.

 

Aherns wrote in her article,'' I discussed all the options with oncologist & asked her to be burtally honest with me. Trucker was 12 & the maximum life expectancy for dog his size was 8-12years. The oncologist did a needle biopsy of his spleen that day to see if cancer was present. I was told that mast cell cancer ultimately ends up in the spleen in the advanced stage. She also biopsied an armpit lymph node to see if cancer cells were present. Results showed that cancer was in the lymph node but not the spleen. Since it was already in his lymph node, we knew it was traveling in his body. Even if we amputated the leg, the cancer was probably elsewhere''

She decided to not get his leg amputated because post amputation he would have needed a chemotherapy, and there would have been only 30-40% chances of its efficiency. She wanted him to live his remaining time in peace and with joy.

A decision was made along with the doctor to use Conservative method of treatment to control the size of the mass.

''I gave Trucker four Benadryl a day, which made him tired but kept the mast cells from getting too active. I also gave him to maxium amount of Prednisone he could take to keep the mass smaller. Prednisone made him want to drink and eat more.''

A day before his passing, the leg had suddenly swollen upward toward his armpit. The skin was red and hot to the touch. He was more tired than normal. He laid on the floor gingerly and had trouble pushing himself up. She took him to the vet on 12th January 2017, the thoughts from the doctor were that the mast cells had spread fast, his heart rate was troubling and could have been due to anemia, his abdomen seemed a bit distended (perhaps his spleen or liver was also affected now) and the leg dragging could have been due to pain or a neurological issue. Bottom line, the cancer had taken over his body.

''I learned he was swollen in his shoulder, both sides of his chest had swollen lymph glands, his leg was swollen most of the way up, the side of his face was swollen in his neck area, his heart rate was 150 instead of normal 120 and he was having trouble walking with that back leg.'' Tracy mentioned

The thoughts from the doctor were that the mast cells had spread fast, his heart rate was troubling and could have been due to anemia, his abdomen seemed a bit distended (perhaps his spleen or liver was also affected now) and the leg dragging could have been due to pain or a neurological issue. Bottom line, the cancer had taken over his body.

He laid down on a large quilt when he was euthanized. He always loved blankets. He was strangely at peace and didn’t tremble or fight to get up.

Trucker never showed his age. He didn’t get gray hairs on his face until this past year. He was always active and loving

''When he was euthanized, the veterinarian cried before I did. I loved him as many people did. I told her I couldn’t cry because it would upset him. I would not cry until he left. I fed him bits of treats as he was put into a sleepy state before being set free.I told him that I loved him, I thanked him for caring for me, I said I would see him again, that I would keep fighting and that he would not have to worry about me now. Just after 11 a.m. he went heavy in my arms and I finally cried.'' she quoted to a blog site.

She did not want Trucker to suffer. His health was declining fast and she felt this was the time – peacefully. She knew when she went to that vet appointment Trucker was not doing well. She did not know it was that bad. She know he hid so much from me because he was taking care of me during my battle with cancer. Animals can hide things so well.

Trucker had been discarded three times, forgotten by so many people, like a child bouncing around from foster home to foster home. He had severe separation anxiety and fear of storms. Then he met Tracy during a pet adoption event and he learned about peace and love. He was free to be himself. She never raised my voice to him or scolded him when he acted out due to anxiety.  She told him “I understand” and “It’s ok.”

''Because of my patience, he stopped cowering and was thankful. I understood him. I also fought anxiety in the past. Plus, both of us had been abandoned by people we loved over the years.I shared Trucker with the world through my stories and photos of our life together. I was his therapy. He was mine.'', Tracy said in the interview

For a woman to be a guardian of such a beautiful soul, it would have been heart-aching to loose the only constant support that she had in her life for as long as 12 years.

Some angels choose furs instead of wings. We hope that Tucker knows that she loved him only as much as he loved her. He shall be missed by every person who knew him.

Photographs courtesy: Tracy Ahern

Source: Dogster

 

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