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Update on Lily

Monday, December 23, 2013

Well, the vet called today with some bad news. The biopsy came back on our cat Lily and it was high grade lymphoma of the intestinal area. Unfortunately, they cannot treat it with oral chemotherapy. It would require IV chemotherapy weekly and with treatment, her life expectancy would be 7-12 months. Lily is a cat that hates to ride in the car and is extremely stressed going to the vet. She has feline herpes which sometimes flares up making her ill from the stress. My husband and I discussed it and we are inclined to not put her through treatment. She is having some gastrointestinal issues, but she is not in pain and she is eating, drinking and she is active. She is an affectionate cat and as long as she is comfortable, we are inclined to just treat her conservatively possibly with some steroids.

I think we'll know when it is the right time to take the next step. But for now we'll enjoy the time we have with her.
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DSCROW 12/28/2013 11:07AM

    We have had to deal with similar pet health decisions in the past. Enjoy this time with her. Consider going to Hobby Lobby and getting a plaster kit for her paw print. I wish I had done this with our past pets. We did this recently for a friend whose dog has cancer and soon after passed. Praying for you guys as I know the loss of a loved pet they are part of our family!

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SWEETNEEY 12/26/2013 6:43AM

    The quality of the life is more important than the quantity of the life. It's a difficult decision to make. My mom one time had to decide whether to euthanize a dog and she decided to euthanized. She was faced with the decision for another dog and she decided to make her comfortable at home.

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MAWMAW101 12/24/2013 5:12PM

    I'm sorry Lily is ill but glad she is doing well enough to enjoy the time she has.
Take care and my prayers are with you and your family.
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GAILANN48 12/24/2013 10:41AM

    I'm so sorry, Noreen. She's a part of your family, and I know how hard that news must have been to hear. I applaud your decision, difficult as it must have been. Sometimes I think we put our pets through torture in our attempts to prolong their lives. Your choice is best for Lily. I'm sorry for you though, really sorry.

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TMRGRANNY 12/24/2013 9:29AM

    Sorry for the diagnosis, but enjoy your time with Lily. Our pets are very important parts of our families.

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STAY39 12/23/2013 11:56PM

    What awful news. I am so sorry. For what's it worth I agree with your decision. My husband and I had agreed on the same if our kitty's biopsy came back with bad news. Enjoy your time with her. emoticon emoticon

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ISLENAA 12/23/2013 3:55PM

    i'm so sorry to hear the sad news. cherish this special time. emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 12/23/2013 3:07PM

    Oh Noreen , I am so sorry :( . At least you know and can make Lily Comfortable where she is loved and happy . Hugs Karen emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/23/2013 2:45PM

  So sorry. Our furbabies do depend on us to make the best decisions possible for them, and I think you're doing the right thing . . . very difficult. ((((HUGS))))

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QUEENIEBELLE 12/23/2013 12:11PM

    So sorry emoticon Sounds like you're making the right decisions and enjoying the gift of her now is all you can really do. Thinking of you and your family.

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MSHEL7 12/23/2013 11:49AM

    Sounds like a good decision to me. I'm sorry that you had bad news, our pets are part of our families. Take care.

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SHOYER 12/23/2013 11:43AM

    Good for you, Noreen. Knowing what's best is sometimes a difficult job to have, and I know you'll do the best for your pet, whatever and whenever it's necessary. My thoughts are with you.

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