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Jun 01 2012

Not a Statistic; There is hope

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Today we celebrate Zeus’ six-month Ampuversary.  Let me tell you why that is so important:

Upon OSA diagnosis we did a CT scan which showed a suspicious spot on Zeus’ lung.  When the vet called to tell us, he was somber.  I had researched enough in the three days prior to know that the prognosis was dire if mets were already showing at the time of diagnosis.

Although I knew the statistics gave us about three months, I still asked our vet what this meant in his experience.  He offered simply that he recently had a dog with similar circumstances that survived only six weeks after amp.   We were devastated.  In a nutshell, we decided we could not leave the leg on and risk an excruciating break, but we felt it was not fair to put him through such a major surgery to have him die shortly after recovery.  So we decided to let him go.  Right before making the appointment we realized that the met was showing on a CT scan rather than the typical x-rays (see our very first blog post for why we thought this was important) and we decided to give treatment a shot.  Even at 11 years old he still had so much life in him and he was so happy.

Zeus’ leg was amputated on 12/1/11.  Today is 6/1/12.  Six months later not six weeks later.

Maybe we are lucky.  Maybe he is the exception.  But there is no maybe about it that he is our boy and he is not just a statistic.  The stats are there for general guidance but they are not the rule.  There is no guarantee that a dog will beat the odds, but I hope this provides hope for new members that it is possible.

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Not a Statistic; There is hope”

  1.   etgayleon 02 Jun 2012 at 5:20 pm     Reply1

    well, luck, karma, kismet…’s just wonderful. we are so happy for you guys, and we are so greatful you share your boy and his adventures with us!! treats for everybody!!!

    charon & spirit gayle

    •   zeuspodon 02 Jun 2012 at 7:43 pm     Reply2

      Thank you, Charon. I am so glad that you are still active in this community to read about his adventures! I completely understand why some aren’t able to hang around, but it really does mean the world to me to have the guidance and compassion from those of you who were my biggest ‘mentors.’ You, Jackie, Micki and Ge’Lena were the very first ones to welcome us and I relied on you guys so much in those first few weeks. We will continue this adventure as long as the good Lord sees fit.

  2.   lupedog28on 11 Jun 2012 at 5:57 pm     Reply3

    Didn’t realize he was 6 months out! Congrats! You and Zeus have been an inspiration to us newbies to the Tripawd world. Keep fighting sweet boy!!!

    -Kori & Lupe

  3.   labsruson 15 Jun 2012 at 4:30 pm     Reply4

    Thank you for the gift of hope. It is here that I get great comfort in knowing that we can beat the statistics! Hoping you have many, many more months together.

  4.   Kbearon 17 Jul 2012 at 7:18 pm     Reply5

    Be it luck or strength, I am incredibly happy for you. Indeed, it is now 7.5 months. Way to go, Zeus! We are rooting for you to blow the stats out of the water!

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