Friday, April 13

Getting Real, Again

Unfortunately, it's time for another 'Getting Real' post. After my mom's cancer diagnosis, then my Mamaw's, I am terrified that there is a 3rd one coming. (3 in ONE YEAR!? SERIOUSLY!?!?)

This has been one of the worst weeks of my life. I've been to the ER twice for issues with my heart (more on that later), and last night we found a lump on Maisy's toe. Google told me that boxers are prone to mast cell tumors, especially in between their toes. This was late last night when I found this out, so we decided to take her to the vet first thing this morning. I cried and hugged her all last night and eventually fell asleep. 

When we took her this morning, the vet knew as soon as he looked at it that it was a tumor. He said there's a possibility that it could be benign, and they needed to remove it right away since they grow so fast. He said it could have appeared as recently as 2 days ago, so hopefully we found it really early. 

They took her back right away, and I just lost it. That was 3 hours ago and I still haven't stopped crying. If you have ever read my blog before, you know just how much I love Maisy. She is not just a pet to me, she is like my child. (If you are not an animal person, you probably think I'm crazy now...maybe I am)
Since it's on her toe, it makes it tricky to get it all since there isn't much skin around it. If they don't get it all, she may need to have radiation or chemo, or even amputation of the toe. I can handle all of this, but what I'm most afraid of is that she will keep getting tumors, which is a possibility. 

Maisy is truly the perfect dog. I always say that she is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of dog, because I don't think I'll ever have another dog as perfect as her. We've only had her for a year, and it's way too soon for any of this to be happening. 
I would appreciate any prayers you could send our way. I'll talk more about my heart stuff later, but I have a stress echocardiogram today to hopefully figure out what's going on. I'm hoping that I can control my crying by then, since it probably wouldn't be good to sob all the way through it.


Brandi Nell said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh sweet friend - I am so sorry you are having to go through all of this. I am thinking of you and sending prayers for Mom, Grandma, Maisy and yourself. xoxoxo

Jess said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh Julie ... I'm here if you need anything. I know exactly how you feel about Maisy because it's how I feel about my kids. If you need to talk or anything, I can give you my cell phone number. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I hope that Maisy is ok.

Joey Hodges said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so so SO sorry to read about poor Maisy. I completely understand how you feel about her being your child, it's the same with us and our pup. I'll keep you and your little furbaby in my prayers! Hoping your trouble with your heart is figured out soon, too! ::hugs:: i know this is hard! Keep us updated!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I am SO sorry to hear about your sweet pup! I'll definitely keep you in my thoughts! It is crazy how much we love our animals!

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh Julie...I am so sorry!!!! Many prayers coming your way...for both you and Maisy We should get together for coffee or lunch soon.

J and A said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh Julie I am so sorry. I will be thinking of you and hoping everything works out, it will. Please keep us posted. Sending big hugs and lots of love.

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Praying for Maisy as well! Lily is in the hospital too and is not doing well at all (just blogged about it) Why do puppies have to have health probs?

I hope your health is okay as well!!

Keep us posted!!

Cole said... Best Blogger Tips

Praying for you and Maisy! My pups are my kids too, and I know the anxiety that bubbles up when they get sick. Paws crossed that you get good news!

Michelle (michabella) said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh sweet friend. Praying so hard for you and sweet Maisy!!! Hang in there!!! <3

Liz said... Best Blogger Tips

Praying for you!!! My older dog had the same thing a few months ago. We all (the vet too) thought the worst and had the best outcome. Praying you have the same!!!

Katie {katie lately} said... Best Blogger Tips

praying for you, sweet girl!! this stuff sucks!!

Jordan said... Best Blogger Tips

I really hope it's nothing. I'm a total dog person too, ours is definitely a part of our family! And spoiled rotten! ;) Praying for you guys!!

Tammy @ Lemons, Avocados and the Bay said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh Julie,
I am so so sorry to hear all this. I am thinking of and praying for all of your loved ones, and for you. Wishing all of you lots of health and happiness


Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh no! Poor Maisy. Prayers being sent your way. I have seen how much you love your sweet little girl. You are such a great mommy:)

Kira said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so sorry! We had a very similar thing happen with our dog recently. She had her tumor removed, but after the biopsy, the vet didn't think they got it all. She said that the tumor might come back and would probably come back within 3 weeks. It has been a few months since and I still don't feel one so I am hoping and praying that it doesn't come back! I hope Maisy's tumor is benign so you don't have to worry about all of that stuff! It seems so silly because they are dogs, but I was the same way, I just completely lost it over the whole ordeal.

Alex Byer said... Best Blogger Tips

Toby and I are sending lots of love to you and Maisey in this hard time. And lady, make sure you take care of yourself. You've got me a little worried :(

Amanda C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so sorry. I'm praying that the doctors get it all. Poor Maisy. :'(

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, my heart is breaking for you. I can't imagine how stressed out and worried you are. I hope you AND precious Maisy are okay! She is so lucky to have you!

If you ever want/need to talk, I'm always here!

Sarah @ 90 Percent Blonde... said... Best Blogger Tips

Praying for you and Maisy!

Jillian Nicole said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, goodness, I will definitely be praying for you and Maisy and please let us all know how everything turns out--sending big hugs your way!

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, I am so, so, so incredibly sorry to hear all of this. I do feel your pain though...We found out in October that Drew's dad had cancer then my cat got out a few weeks ago and got bit and the vet told us he might have Feline Leukeumia, but we'd have to wait 4 months to be sure and I bawled my eyes out for days just at the thought of it. When it rains, it pours, but the sun will come out again so hang in there! You know I understand your love and compassion for animals and will be praying for you and for Maisy.

Tess said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie I'm so sorry. This is too much for a young girl like yourself to be going through. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel. Try to stay positive, and take care of yourself. I pray that Maisy will be okay. Stay strong girl. XO

Sarah @ Simply Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so sorry to hear about that! And I'm also sorry about your poor Boxer :( My boyfriend and I have a year old Boxer named Dax and he actually just had a tumor removed Friday. He's really young, but it's scary since Boxers are so prone to cancer. I will be thinking about you and your family. Hang in there!!

Ruth said... Best Blogger Tips

i hate to hear that. I hope this is the only one you have to deal with.


Molly @ Blonde Out Loud said... Best Blogger Tips

:( Lots of happy thoughts coming your way for you and Maisy!!!

Lesley Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, it breaks my heart to hear about this! I totally understand the whole dog as your child thing, I feel the same way about Doc. When Doc was a puppy he got really sick and had to stay at my dad's clinic for four days, and I just cried and cried the whole time he was gone. I'm sure Maisy is in good hands out there, we've got her in our prayers!

And I'm so sorry to hear about your heart troubles. That can be so scary. Oddly enough, I had to get a stress test done this year too. I need to call you so we can talk about our heart issues! You are not alone girl! Love you and praying for y'all. :)

Angel said... Best Blogger Tips

so sorry for you and maisy!! i hope it's benign. that first picture of you with her is precious!

Miranda said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so sorry! praying for you guys!

Lyndsey said... Best Blogger Tips

praying for you! Lost my family dog of 13 yrs to stomach cancer last summer and it was grueling. Hopefully you caught it in time! Wouldn't wish pet sickness on my worst enemy!


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