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Almost one year after surgery…the cancer has returned

We received very sad news on 1/19/11 after having Indy’s lungs ex-rayed for his “one -year” check-up. I knew that this day would come, but  didn’t want to focus on it, as I wanted to enjoy and cherish each and every day of our boy’s life that we were given. It has been a miracle that we have had him this long and we are so thankful to have this very special time to give & receive so much love…

Indy’s lung ex-rays now show that the cancer is back. The cells that were originally microscopic when we he was first diagnosed, have developed into large tumors. (2 right now). When the osteosarcoma attacks one area ~ it immediately spreads to the lungs…and waits… It could re-surface at any time… It usually does not “wait” this long to attack again, as it is one of the most aggressive cancers that there is.  We have been truly blessed, and then some, that it waited one year to attack.  The doctors told us that he may have weeks or maybe a month…and if we have another miracle…maybe even a couple of months… We are grateful for every single day that we have him by our side…He is our blessing, and my soul dog…

I  noticed that for the past few days before the doctor’s visit, when Indiana wakes up, he  coughs once or twice ~ like something is in his throat ~ but nothing to worry about. I also noticed that he may have been panting a little more ~ but again – nothing too much out of the ordinary. We were told that his symptoms will start to come on gradual and we will notice that he will be panting more frequently. It will be more of an effort for him to carry on with his every day routine. He may also start coughing a little more. We will really know there is something wrong if he has no interest in food. He acts like he hasn’t eaten all day whenever we feed him!!! Indy LOVES to eat!! 

He is doing amazing right now – you would never know he was sick…He pulls us into the snow so he can “frolic”, he still wants to go for his walks, he still so enjoys relaxing in the big pile of snow that we call his “snow bed”!( We keep ¾ of our good size deck covered in snow.) We give our Indy a winter wonderland!

We have to pray that Indy does not feel pain and that he lives life to its fullest ~ as he always does. We will do everything in our power to be sure he is comfortable and give him extra doses of love, hugs & kisses which he already has been getting a steady dose of (his whole life and then some) !

I feel like I do not ever want to leave his side…I don’t want to miss one minute of his love…one minute of his sweet kisses and the way he puts his paw on our hand as we hug him, the amazing voice he has when he says “I love you” and talks to his heart’s content…and how he enjoys his singing and howling…I hold on to the way he looks at us ~ with so much love, how he counts to 10 ~ and how he always is by our side no matter what part of the house we are in… he has  “bright eyes and a bushy tail that is so adorable as it curls, the list goes on….… He is one happy Siberian husky that we love with all of our hearts!!!!

I am heartbroken and beyond… I write this with tears and sadness – but much joy ~ we still have Indiana to love…I pray even more than ever….please give us one more day…

2 Responses to “Almost one year after surgery…the cancer has returned”

  1.   Ginger Says:

    I am so sorry we missed this when you first posted it. I don’t know what to say except that we are all praying for you and sending you very positive thoughts for as much time with Indy as possible.

    Ginger’s pack

    P.S. Indiana is just a beautiful boy.

  2.   indiana Says:

    Hi Ginger,
    Thank you for your sweet words. I posted a shorter version of this as a blog about 3 months ago. This section of my blog page will be updated one day so it will help others as they reach out.
    I pray each and every day & give Indy so much love & make his life happy – as he is a very happy boy! It’s been 3 months since they told us the cancer is back and besides an occasional cough once in a while – he is doing so well. I think love is the answer & the power of prayer xoxo

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