Merlin here! I know it has been a sad week, with many friends making their trip to the Rainbow Bridge, but I have some positive news! I also have some Christmas selfies, for Sunday Selfies with The Cat On My Head.
It has now been 10 months since I was diagnosed with large cell lymphoma of the GI tract and spleen, and given 1 to 3 months to live. I have now outlived my most optimistic prognosis by 7 months! So we are celebrating another milestone and are very happy that I am still doing well!
We did have a scare, back in early November, where there was one day when I didn't eat, drink, or use the litterbox, and I just lay wherever I was put, whether my mom or dad's lap, or my bed, or in front of the fireplace. Fortunately, after eating some yogourt that night, the next day I was eating and drinking when food or water was placed in front of me, and then using the litterbox, and I started getting stronger again each day. A week later I was back to my normal self, eating and drinking normally, having nice, solid stools with no blood or mucus, chasing my sister around like a crazy cat, playing with my toys, and jumping back up on the counters! I'm still acting completely normal! You would never know that I have cancer, besides one or two times a week when there is blood or mucus in my stool.
I'm still on steroids (prednisolone), so I have a huge appetite, and continue to be a solid Sphynx with lots of muscle. So I haven't lost any weight, which is really good!
Right now we are taking it one day at a time, and just enjoying every moment we have together. We do hope that I make it to my 9th Gotcha Day, which will be coming up just before Christmas: December 22nd! It would be a wonderful Christmas present if I'm still here for my Gotcha Day and Christmas. Right now it looks like I will be, but you never know. Hopefully I won't have another bad day like I did at the beginning of November for a while yet!
I am so thankful for all the purrs, prayers, and positive thoughts that so many friends have sent my way. We greatly appreciate them! We are so thankful to have such wonderful support.
Love to all of you.