Saturday, December 18, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Five days after losing Casey, Kallie was diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoma. Two weeks ago she started a course of chemotherapy that will last 25 weeks. The bad news is that the average survival time after diagnosis is 1 year; without treatment 6-8 weeks. The good news is that after just 2 weeks her cancer is in remission. We are cautiously optimistic.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
We who choose to surround ourselves
with lives even more temporary than our own,
live within a fragile circle;
easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps,
we would still live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only
certain immortality, never fully
understanding the necessary plan....
--- Irving Townsend ---
"The Once Again Prince"
1996 - 2010
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The cedar tree has been revered for its spiritual significance for thousands of years. Its wood was used for the doors of sacred temples and burned in cleansing ceremonies for purification. The tree was thought to house important gods and to be an entrance to higher realms.
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Monday, October 11, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Casey had her second radiation treatment along with a dose of chemotherapy on August 27th. The chemotherapy should treat any cancer cells that may be floating around in her blood. (I know...very scientific jargon.) The good news is that she doesn't seem to be experiencing any side effects. Pictured below is Casey's little sister Kallie our other trouper.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010
We took Casey for her first radiation treatment last Friday night. She seemed fine right after the treatment and all day Saturday but seems to be feeling the effects today. She had a hard time getting up this afternoon and doesn’t seem to be in a good mood. Can dogs have moods? Anyway, we decided to go with the radiation instead of the surgery based on Casey’s overall condition (i.e., age and arthritis) and the fact that our second oncologist seemed to be in agreement with us. The lines on Casey’s face are from the colored radiation markers. The lines designate the area to be treated and will be used for the next two treatments. For those of you that might not know, radiation therapy works by damaging the DNA within cancer cells and destroying their ability to reproduce. Our hope is that the cancer will remain localized and its growth will be slowed enough so Casey can enjoy the rest of her life in relative comfort.
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