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Athena's Cancer Journey

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Athena's Cancer Journey

Random Musings and Chest Rads.

August 20th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

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Athena is feeling good, looking good, and powering through chemo like a champ! The first week of September will be treatment #5. This means that after October (and treatment #6), there will be no more monthly vet visits.

Another big update is that Athena had her first post amp chest radiographs yesterday. It was recommended by the oncologist before doing the last two chemo treatments. Can I tell you how much of a bundle of nerves I was sitting in the waiting room?! It felt like torture, because I would have been devastated if I learned the chemo wasn’t keeping the cancer at bay. But, what a relief that her lungs are clear!

I do a lot of thinking when I go running, and this afternoon I had some thoughts pop into my head that I just wanted to share (in no particular order) because this is as much of a journal for myself to reflect back on as it is a way to share information with other people in the same situation:

  • I am so happy that I found a vet in the beginning that believed in Athena and her strong will to survive.
  • I hate cancer, yet am fascinated by the biology of it at the same time.
  • I hate surprises, and there is not a single day that goes by that I have not given a thought to Athena’s cancer and wondered when it will rear it’s ugly head again.
  • About 20% of OSA dogs survive 2 years or more…. could Athena be one?? There’s a reason I don’t play the lottery.
  • Will Athena get to see her 8th birthday?
  • I hope we get snow this winter because Athena looooovvvvves playing in the snow! <3 <3 <3

Random musings of the day complete for now.

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • tracyintacoma

    I am so glad your doggie’s lungs are clear. It it so nerve racking waiting for results. I know exactly what you mean about constantly thinking Athena’s cancer and wondering what is next. I do this too, but I am trying to live in the moment….day by day and enjoy every precious momemt with my girl, which will hopefully be for years to come.

  • benny55


    Yeah, we all now that “silent panic in the waiting room” feeling! We had a windstorm the other day…..oh….no…that’s right, it wasn’t a windstorm it was you exhaling your sigh of relief!!

    Your “muses” are delightful by the way.Yeah, this whole journey is a real exercise is “living in the moment” and “being more dog”. And the dogs have mastered that womderfully well.

    Sooooo, when do we get to see another photo or video of Athena? And the adorable Scruffy too!

    I’l always treasure my sketch you did for me…always.

    Standng ovation over here for you Athena!! Great news for a great dog AND a great mom:-) 🙂


    Sally and Happy Hannah

  • fourminipups

    Great news! Athena is a survivor and keeps on proving it!

    Luanne and Shooter

  • BarretsMomHeather

    We’re rooting for you two! Keep on fighting 🙂

  • jerry

    Athena it’s been a while and boy are we glad to hear from you! Yay for clean x-rays and an overall pawesome report card!!!

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