Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Cancer roller coaster

I have to admit. I hate roller coasters.  You won't find me on one..ever.  But sometimes in life, you find yourself on one. 
Cali's T-Cell Lymphoma is winning.  But this isn't to say we have run out of weapons.  The bad part of T-cell Lymphoma is that it becomes resistant to chemotherapy much quicker than B-cell lymphoma.  And apparently is notorious for submitting for a bit and then coming back.  so that is where we are at this point.  Cali has been getting three different chemotherapies rotated weekly for 7 weeks.  But her red blood cell count has started to go down again.  This week, we gave her the most powerful of the three chemotherapy drugs.  In two weeks, we will redo bloodwork and see if this one worked.  If it didn't..we have one chemotherapy drug left to try.  If it did, we will continue using it every 3 weeks for a bit to see if we can knock the cancer in to submission.
The plus side:  She is still eating, not loosing weight and seems to be happy and playful. We would never do any of this if her quality of life were not improved by the drugs.  She has NO side effects from them but we both know she is weary of weekly vet visits (as are we).  When we were out of town last weekend, Nerice took this video ( so you see her whippet, Diego, and greyhound, Sassy, trying to get in on the action). But this is Cali..laughing in the face of cancer.
She definitely kicked osteo's butt..but T Cell Lymphoma is a different story.


Mad Red Hare said...

Come on Cali, you can beat this!

Sue said...

We are sending positive healing thoughts and loads of hugs to (((Cali))).

So hope the meds work. Sue, Polly & Honey

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Good thoughts for Cali!

Patty E. said...

Thinking of you.