Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Getting the news

Last week we learned that our 4 year-old pit bull, Rocco, has lymphoma. We were absolutely devastated. Rocco is such a sweet, fun-loving boy that losing him was too much to take. Lymphoma is an extremely aggressive systemic cancer, and we were told that without treatment, he may only have a few weeks to live. The thought was absolutely incomprehensible, especially when Rocco was outwardly the picture of good health. The vet explained that chemotherapy treatment could give us another 6-12 months of good quality life with Rocco. We learned online that some dogs even make it 2 or 3 years in remission. Most dogs respond well to chemo with little side effects. That was extremely important to us since we did not want to put Rocco through misery just to keep him with us. We are keeping this blog for a few reasons - 1) to keep all of Rocco's family, friends, and fans updated on his progress, 2) to keep track of his responses to the various drugs in the treatment, and 3) to be a resource to others who may be going through a similar situation.

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