When the news is cancer

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What do you do when the news is bad? When fears are realized? This happened to me a few weeks ago. My dear friend Heather and her uberdog Teva got the news on a Saturday evening – “it’s cancer.” Lymphoma.

No one wants to think about it, but cancer is horribly common in dogs. Some breeds, such as the Golden Retriever and Boxer, are ‘overrepresented’ as far as cancer goes. Greyhounds too, for bone cancer (osteosarcoma).

But Teva? She is a super athlete, trekking miles every day with her doting humans. A picture of  health and… she just celebrated her 4th birthday. How can this happen? She is on the young side of ‘typical’ age, but not unheard of.

All of us – Heather, spouses, our friends and colleagues at Southcare Animal Medical Center – were devastated at the news.

So what do friends do? We email, text, phone … stay in touch. And we consulted with the oncology specialists at Washington State University. We received excellent info and great service there.

Best of all, Heather has an amazing attitude. Laughter really IS the best medicine! 🙂 🙂 You rock, Heather and Teva.

And the story continues on Heather-Teva’s blog → The Tail Wagging Muse

Photo: Sophie and Teva