Just over a year ago (February 3rd), I was at the vet, being evaluated by the internal medicine service at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Small Animal Clinic. I had been having loose stools and some blood and mucus in my stool, and occasionally vomiting some bile, so our primary care vet thought I had inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I was at OVC in order to confirm this diagnosis so I could be properly treated.
|Merlin in the waiting room at the OVC Small Animal Clinic|
|Merlin after the biopsy - his skin is scabbed from the rubbing of the anaesthesia mask|
They were able to get very good biopsies of both my lymph nodes and my spleen. They sent the samples out to pathology to be tested. The samples were good, they were clear, they were easily tested, and the results were very clear. The pathology report was unequivocal.
So later that day on February 4th, 2016, we received the devastating news that I had an aggressive form of cancer: large cell lymphoma of the spleen and GI tract. I was given 1-3 months to live. Chemo would only extend that by maybe a month. Needless to say, we were all incredibly devastated. My dad, who is my human, was overseas at the time, and we were very glad that he was going to be coming home for a couple of weeks leave very soon, before heading back overseas. We thought that we were going to be saying goodbye.
Now here I am a year later, and I am still doing great! Even my stool issues have cleared right up. I only vomit if I eat too much cat grass. While we certainly don't want to jinx it, it looks like I am currently in remission, something that is very common with small cell lymphoma, but is quite rare with large cell lymphoma. I am very glad to be uncommon! I am currently on prednisolone, but no other chemo. I am still a solid Sphynx, with lots of muscle. I still love to eat, I love to play, and I am enjoying life to the fullest. We don't know how much longer I have, but we are enjoying every day.
I honour of this very special anniversary, we are holding a comment-a-thon. Every comment this post receives between now and 6 am on Monday February 6th, will lead to a donation of 50 cents to the OVC Pet Trust, which is working to find better therapies for pets and people!