Bailey and I went back to our vet today, and we had good news. Bailey no longer has any bladder stones and the tumor has shrunk a great deal! Needless to say, today is a good day.
Bailey was diagnosed with bladder cancer in December 2011. Since then we have tried a few different medications, a few rounds of chemo, we have visited both holistic and non-holistic vets, and have made many, many trips to the vets for check-ups.
Throughout all of this, Bailey has been a trooper and if you met her, you wouldn’t know she has been suffering from this horrible, horrible disease.
Going through this whole process with Bailey has been exhausting. Some days are very upsetting and it feels like she is never going to get better, but you learn to love little improvements. I will never forget the first time we took her in after putting her on some new medication. We were thrilled to have learned that the tumor shrunk. It didn’t shrink by a lot, but it shrunk!
I hate cancer and truly believe that cancer should never afflict animals or kids. It is so unfair. Throughout all of this, I have struggled with finding reason behind it and have asked many times why my innocent dog should be affected. I don’t have the reason, but I know it has made me a stronger person. I really believe we are given what we can handle, and watching Bailey go through this hasn’t been easy, but I will keep doing whatever I can to help her. Everyday she amazes me with her strength and resilience. I have learned a lot from watching her and hope that I can be half as strong as she is.
I am staying positive and hoping that we get many months/years left with Bailey. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but I am learning to enjoy the now.