Wednesday, January 04, 2017

11 Months Since Merlin's Cancer Diagnosis!

Hello friends!  Merlin here!  Today marks another milestone in my cancer fight!  It is now 11 months since I was diagnosed with large cell lymphoma of the GI tract and spleen, and only given 1-3 months to live.  At the time of my diagnosis, they were able to get very good biopsies, and the pathology was sadly definitive, clearly showing large cell lymphoma.

Needless to say, 11 months later, I am absolutely delighted to still be here, and I am cherishing each and every day with my family.

Made with  Scrap Happy by Kathryn Estry and Keep Calm 1 by Miss Mel

At this point, it even appears I though I have gone into remission!  My stools have been completely normal (not soft at all, no blood or mucus in them), since I had my "bad day" back in November, when my mom and dad thought that they might finally be losing me.  Similarly, I haven't had any vomiting episodes.  No bile, no food, nothing at all.  While we don't want to get our hopes up too high, needless to say, we are very happy with how things are going right now.  We are still trying to just enjoy every day we have together, and take it one day at a time, but we have very much enjoyed spending our holiday time together.  My dad goes back to work next Monday, and my mom starts her new job the Monday after, so right now I am just enjoying having them home most of the day, and they are spending lots of time with me.  I am still on prednisolone, but not on any other chemotherapy at this point in time.

Thanks to all of you for your support, your purrs, prayers, positive thoughts, and putting your paws together for me.  They mean an awful lot to me and my family.

23 comments

Punapippuri said...

Merlin, we are so very happy you are here too. We really hope the pred keeps everything in order and this 11 months extends and extends. Everyday is precious for every feline as our humans need us so much. Yes, I know we need their thumbs so it is two way!

Purrs and high paws to you!

Brian said...

That is most wonderful Merlin and we are thrilled you are doing so good!

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Merlin, you are a special kitty with lots of luck and charm

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Merlin, we are SO glad that the magic is continuing and we have every paw and hoof crossed that it will stay this way for a long time to come!

Purrs,
The Chans

Marg said...

You certainly are a miracle cat Merlin, and we are so happy for you and your family. Such good news. Glad all is going well for you.

Hairballsandhissyfits.com said...

Yeah!! We are all glad you are still here!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

DOOD !!!!!!! heerz 11 months ternin inta 11 yeerz.....ewe betcha....may St Francis continmew ta keep a watch on ya, we iz buzzed happee ta lurn thiz nooze..... HOORAY ! ☺☺☺♥♥♥

The Island Cats said...

Merlin, we couldn't be happier for you. We purr you continue to do well.

Mary McNeil said...

Purrayers for the status quo !

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

You are such an amazing little survivor, Merlin! Purring that your remission lasts for a very, very, very long time!

Caren Gittleman said...

We believe in miracles and we pray you stay like this furever!! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

Colehaus Cats said...

Yippee! We'll keep sending our good thoughts and soft purrs that you keep feeling better and better!

dezizworld.com said...

Dat's pawsum mews Merlin. We'll keep da purrayers goin'. Big hugs

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That is wonderful news. I am so happy for you and your family. XO

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Loud cheers from the Momma Kat Household!

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Every month is a good month!

Cleopawtra said...

We are all happy to hear the good news. Sending gentle headbutts, purrs and prayers for a continued good life.

Flynn said...

Well done Merlin! I hope you have many more months or even years. Prednisalone is what keeps me going too.

Pretinha said...

Merlin eu fico muito feliz por você estar tão bem.
É muito bom que sua família está tendo um tempo de férias com você.
Cafunés para você meu amor!

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

We are going to say it's a Merlin Miracle!

Jans Funny Farm said...

We're so happy for you and your family because we know how precious time together is.

The Swiss Cats said...

Pawsome news ! We are very happy for you and your family ! We keep purring for many good days to come. Purrs

Cathy Keisha said...

What super great news Merlin! I'm keeping the healing purrz going cos they're better then chemo.