Week 12 Recap, and Oncology Visit #13
Believe…Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.
As Margarita moves into her last 3 weeks of the CHOP plan, I must admit I let fear start to creep in. What if when the treatments stop the cancer comes back? If the Lymphoma does come back, how long do we have left with Sweet Reet? I realize that negative feelings like fear and anxiety are normal emotions when dealing with a loved one who has cancer, but living with the uncertainty will not be easy. Eliminating these limiting thoughts will be extremely important in the upcoming weeks. Believing in my faith and Rita’s medical team will put myself in the best position to not only make it through this difficult time myself, but also to ensure that Rita is in the best spirits possible. The power of belief is an amazing thing. Countless stories describe how believing has helped people accomplish goals that others have considered impossible. It would be foolish for me to believe that every story ends happily, no matter how much faith and belief is exercised. However… I am going to choose to believe that Margarita still has many happy chapters to add to her story.
Week 12 Recap
Margarita had another great week, other than her putting her paw down about her special diet for her intestinal disease. Rita decided that she had enough of her special diet and would not eat. At first we thought she was experiencing nausea as a side effect of her treatments, but we quickly realized that was not the case when we offered her other options and she gobbled them down! Originally we were going to wait-her-out until she ate her special diet, but after speaking with our primary vet, Dr. Campbell as well as Rita’s oncologist, Dr. Risbon, they agreed that it was best for Rita to eat what she wanted to eat rather than miss an meals during this important time of her treatment schedule.
This week, Margarita received an incredibly thoughtful gift. A past Pointer Rescue, Org adopter had this beautiful piece of artwork made just for Margarita!
This Week’s Treatment:
Margarita ‘s physical exam showed no abnormalities, and her CBC was acceptable for continued therapy.
Next week she is due for cyclophosphamide. Since this is the drug that is suspected to have caused the side effects at the last dosing, Dr. Risbon will be changing Rita’s chemo drug in order to avoid further irritation to her bladder.
This Week’s Treat:
This week Rita visited Taco Bell! She had a few bites of their Cheesy Roll Up !
As always, thank you for joining Margarita in her journey to take a bite out Lymphoma.