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Sylvia-RB 12/23/06

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Laura imom

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(5/8/06 7:28 pm)

My Sylvia

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Most of you IMOM regulars know about my Sylvia and her recent battle with Nasal Lymphoma as well as a tumors in her brain. She went to Cornell for close to a month for radiation and is home now (about a month and 1/2) and doing well

Here's a recent video of my pretty girl....I wanted to post this so that everyone could see how well she's doing. Radiation was a life saver for her, and if anyone has questions about it or is facing it with their cat, please feel free to ask me about it. I'd be happy to share what I have learned.

Sylvia Video

Kim

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(5/8/06 7:47 pm)

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She's a kick! I think the rough translation is: "Put down the camera and open the can!!"

Linda IMOM

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(5/8/06 8:14 pm)

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She is so Chatty! How beautiful she is

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smalk50

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(5/8/06 8:37 pm)

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Oh Laura! She looks wonderful and so very happy. I am so happy for both of you that she is doing so well.

Such a happy video!

Chris

paulajmnj

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(5/8/06 10:07 pm)

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Laura,

so is so pretty and talky. Enough of the camera MOm--just feed me! She looks great!

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Frankenmuth2

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(5/9/06 11:55 am)

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Laura;

Thanks for posting the great video! Sylvia looks great. I think it's important for people to understand that animals can make great recovery from cancer and other illnesses! So often we are faced with those that don't make it, or those are the ones that we tend to remember. Sylvia and Puddles are wonderful examples how animals can become happy cancer surviors!

Puddles sends some snuggles to Sylvia!

Nancy

P.S. How did Sylvia handle all of her treatments? Puddles, as you know, had no side effects of her Chemo and was such a trooper through it all!

Diana S IMOM

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(5/12/06 7:54 pm)

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My girls are sleeping here with me. I played the video of Sylvie, and Tabbytha sat bolt upright. She's now looking for that "other cat". LOL

Sylvie sure is chatty - I've never heard her talk this much before. What a sweetie. Sending lots of

Laura imom

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(5/12/06 8:35 pm)

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Hi Nancy,

Radiation treatment is completely different than Chemo. But most cats tolerate both treatment options very well.

Sylvia needed curative radiation, which means she had 15 treatments, 1 per day, 5 days a week for three weeks. She had to be put under for each treatment, not to mention having to be put under for two ct scans. Sylvia also had to "live" at Cornell for close to a month. All of that considered, she did very well.

Side effects are very rare in cats, commonly seen in dogs. Sylvia had some gum inflamation and a tiny spot of hairloss on her nose. Very minor stuff considering what she was fighting.

Laura

Laura imom

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(5/12/06 8:42 pm)

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"Put down the camera and open the can!!"

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That's the "rough" translation alright, Kim. You missed the curse words scattered through out that sentence. Damn cats!

Thanks everyone for the nice comments on my girl, she is really something else!

Laura imom

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(5/12/06 8:50 pm)

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Hi Diana,

You're right, she has never been this chatty before, and what you see on that video is nothing compared to her when she gets in a mood....Yikes!

Juli IMOM

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(5/13/06 2:41 pm)

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Laura,

Just wanted to pop by and say how happy I am that Sylvia went through her treatment without any problems and is doing so well now. She looks and sounds great! I hope to meet her one day and chat with her in purrson.

Juli

Laura imom

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(5/29/06 5:12 pm)

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Aww...Thanks Juli! I hope you get to meet her someday soon... I know she would just love you.

Well I brought persnickety miss in for checkup Friday and she is having some type of eye issue. whenever I bring her in for a recheck she has to be seen by both her oncologist and the ophthalmologist since both of her eyes were in the radiation field. Her left eye (same side that they nasal lymphoma presented on) has a funny spot on it, the ophthalmologist was a bit pessimistic, and thinks it may be the lymphoma coming back. The oncologist was leaning more towards radiation side effects, but of course couldn't commit either way. I have ointment to put in her eye three times a day and have to bring her back on Friday if it gets worse or doesn't improve.

Of course I'm really worried and grabbing poor Sylvia's head every chance I get to look for signs of the cancer returning. The oncologist said it usually presents the same way it originally did when it comes back. We are hoping for the best, so some good vibes would really be appreciated..Sylvia is much to young, and fought to hard to lose the battle now..

JeanKBBMMMAA

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(5/31/06 8:21 pm)

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Reiki?

I did get to meet Sylvia and she is like a beautiful cloud. I couldn't believe how pretty she was and so calm and sweet, too.

Thinking of her and hoping her eye improves!

kshort13

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(6/1/06 11:10 am)

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Your girl is sooooo beautiful and obviously very brave and strong. I'm saying lots of prayers that it's only a reaction to the radiation in her eye and that it clears up quickly. The video is adorable!

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Laura imom

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(6/12/06 8:28 am)

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Thanks Ladies, it is starting to look like it might have been a reaction to the treatment. Her eye has since cleared up, although she still has a tiny lump/swelling on the side of her nose, where it all started. We are hoping that is just scar tissue and remains the same size.

Here's a picture of her eye before it cleared up.

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Continued.....

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Here it is now....

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Hopefully she will continue to do well....we're keeping paws crossed at my house.

Kim

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(6/12/06 10:14 am)

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What a difference! Syl's eye looks 100% better.

I love how she always manages to drape herself against colors that accentuate her loveliness.

cindyimom

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(6/12/06 6:45 pm)

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Lovely is the word I was thinking of too, Kim. She's quite the princess!

paulajmnj

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(6/12/06 8:22 pm)

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Laura,

Sylvia's eye looks soo much better. boy what a beautiful cat draped in the most exquisite fabric.. she definately has The Look down

k9sign

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(6/12/06 9:11 pm)

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Wow, what a change with her eye!!

Laura, she is just a gorgeous gorgeous kitty. The pic with her draped and looking so lovely--that should be a calendar pic or some contest pic!!

Hugs

Diana S IMOM

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(6/14/06 12:15 am)

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I totally agree!!! She's gorgeous!! Of course, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Sylvia. I love Maine Coons!!

Sending lots of cyber , until I get the chance to give some real ones.

Laura imom

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(6/23/06 3:51 pm)

Re: Three month check-up

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Miss. Sylvia went in for her three month post radiation check-up today. She is doing wonderfully...her weight is back up to her precancer level of 14lbs and her eye issue has completely resolved. Both her oncologist and ophthalmologist saw her today and were thrilled!!

Tomorrow Sylvia is meeting several of her IMOM aunties...she is very excited! The rest of my cats will probably hide under the bed...but that's okay, Syl likes being the center of attention.

Thanks for all the well-wishes for my girl, I think we may finally be out of the woods for a bit....

Kay

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(6/23/06 4:49 pm)

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Great news! and I'm am sure her aunties will have no problem showering her with lots of attention!!

paulajmnj

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(6/23/06 5:09 pm)

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hooray for Sylvia that is wonderful.

can't wait to meet that gorgeous beauty.

Linda IMOM

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(6/23/06 7:38 pm)

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Sylvia went in for her three month post radiation check-up today.

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It's been 3 months already???? I am so happy she's doing so well!!!

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Diana S IMOM

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(6/23/06 9:58 pm)

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Great news for Sylvia!!!! WOOHOO!!! IPB Image

Can't wait till I see her again!!

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Just a quick little update on Sylvia, she is doing well. She had her 5 month post radiation check up last week and everything looks good! She's not due for another recheck for 2 months now and will have to go back to Cornell for that appointment.

Sylvia is developing cataracts from the radiation treatment, and needs eye drops/ointment a couple of times a day permanently. But I think that is a small price to pay, since she is otherwise healthy and HAPPY!! I think she would agree, especially when she is chowing down, the girl is just shy of 15 pounds now...yikes!

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She's telling Rusty what the feeding schedule in the house is....... :lol:

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Laura,

yea for Syl,she looks Marvelous :minichat6: and that Rusty is sure a spitfire,he has major catitude. thanks for the updaTE

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Just a quick update on Sylvia's cancer. We took her back up to Cornell for her 7 month check up, and they think she looks GREAT!!!!

The only concern we have is that she seems to have lost a bit of weight since this summer, she is down to 13.6 pounds from 15. But it may have something to do with the pred dosage she is on and different scales...so I'm going to keep a closer eye on her weight at home now.

I am beyond thrilled with her treatment and how well she has done....nasal lymphoma in cats is sooooo treatable, if caught early and the proper steps are followed. I've had several people contact me after reading this thread about their own cats, which is why I posted Syl's story here, so she can help others :)

I have some pictures of our trip....will try to get them posted this weekend.

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Laura, no question that Sylvia's story has given hope to other owners. Syl says, I'm not just a pretty face, ya know!

We couldn't be happier that she's doing so well. :biggrin:

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Laura, this news is wonderful, uplifting and inspiring. Thanks for sharing it! By the way, Syl does have BEAUTIFUL eyes. I can't see the cataracts at all. Can you see them much?

MarthaJane and Baila & Crew :heart:

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Thanks ladies!

I don't think a day goes by that I don't stop for a few moments (usually when I'm snuggling Syl) and reflect on how lucky we are that she is doing so well.

I met a friend for lunch yesterday, her kitty was treated at Cornell for nasal lymphoma in July. Unfortunately he went to the bridge 3 weeks after he came home from treatment. His name was Benny, and stories like his remind me how fortunate we are that Syl did so well. Benny's cancer was so similar to Syl's (except that Syl also had brain cancer) that the vets at Cornell used her treatment plan to help devise a plan for Benny, and explain it his mom. I have been thinking so much about him again since meeting his mom yesterday.

MarthaJane, the reason you can't see Syl's cataracts is because they are minuscule. I can see them, she has one tiny one in each eye, but I don't think you can capture them on camera yet...they will get bigger and most likely effect her sight by the time she is one year out from radiation.

Before treating Syl we were told this would happen, and that they hoped her cancer was predominantly in one side of her nose so that only one eye would be in the radiation field, thus she would probably lose sight in one eye only. But since it was discovered after her CT scan that the cancer was in her brain as well, they had to radiate her entire head. But since the loss will be gradual I think Syl will handle it fine. It's sudden loss that seems to effect cats....as in my boy Cosmo.

And as depressing as this sounds, when we found out Syl had brain cancer as well, her radiologist told me that her prognosis was less than a year (just nasal lymphoma has a 2 year prognosis with treatment), so the cataracts really weren't an issue in deciding whether to go forward or not. I think my girl will make it past a year though...I really do.

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Laura,

I am always glad when I hear about how well Syl is doing. I really think Syl will continue to beat the odds. I hope she has many more happy years with you. :heart:

Tracy

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Laura,

Great news about Sylvia :cool026: Sure the weight loss maybe it's because she's chasin after her little bother Rusty..ooopps i meant brother :P

Rusty has gotten Big and he is sooo handsome with those red markings.

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Paula....I think you are right about Syl's little bother...although it's usually him chasing Syl. He tries to catch her and ride her like a pony.... :lol:

Here's a couple of pictures of her "set up" in the back of Chris' truck...she did much better in the crate than she has previously in the carrier. The only thing I don't like about it is that I can't wrap the seat belt around it......so next trip I'm going to get some bungee cords and try securing it that way. I just fear an accident, and want the crate secured.

Leaving Cornell

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Protesting!!!!

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Settling in for a long drive

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Deer Sylvia,

U should just pee all over the place, like I do. That won't make yur mom and dad stop putting you in that cage thingy and taking u for horrible car rides, but it's good revenge :peeing:

Luv,

Cody :stripekitty:

PS: Mom says those pictures are so cuuuute! She especially loves the "protesting" one :)

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Sylvia looks great. I want to know if Chris picked the interior color to match Sylvia? We are all thrilled she is doing so well. Her story is very inspiring. I also like the crate for travel. I bet my kids would travel better in a crate.

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The pix are great! Thanks for sharing. The "protesting" snap is adorable because I can almost hear Sylvia's voice.... Hee hee.

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Laura;

The small crate is the same way I transported Puddles to Michigan State for her treatments. The first trip we used a cat carrier and she pooped in it about 1/2 there! I pulled over and cleaned it up...but didn't want a repeat of that in future trips...so I used a small crate that fit a cat bed, a small litter box and a water dish! Worked great and was much more comfortable for Puddles and less smelly for me, LOL!

I struggled with the fact that the crate wasn't secure in case of an accident and finally found a way to bungie cord it down...do you do that too?

You have very beautiful cats, you know!

Nancy

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Laura, I'm so glad to read that Sylvia is doing so well and looking absolutely BEAUTIFUL...

I know that the worrying never stops and the weight loss didn't help any but all in all she is looking FABULOUS...

I think the crate idea is a good one...I can see you bungee cording it now!! Hugs to you and yours, Judy

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I had a little "photo-shoot" late yesterday afternoon with the kids :) After I sent some off to friends I was looking at Syl's picture again. I can't believe how much her facial markings have faded. I can see exactly where they concentrated her radiation treatments...even though her entire head was radiated, they did concentrate on her forehead/left side area a bit more.

Here's a side by side, the picture on the right was taken yesterday and the one on the left was about 2 years ago. It's been close to 8 months since treatment, so she's been very slowly losing her facial markings....

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I also have her CT scans on CD....(talk about neurotic mom syndrome :lol: ), one of these days I'm going to figure out how to post her before and after CT's....I think it's all fascinating....

Oh and I figured out what to do with her crate on our next trip to Cornell (April), my hubby races motorcyles and has these heavy duty straps he uses to tie the bike down to the back of his truck, I figure I can use those on Syl's crate :)

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I can't believe how much her facial markings have faded.

Even without facial markings, she's still exquisite, Laura. I love seeing pics of her and all your brats :P

Cindy/IMOM

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WOW, what a difference in her facial markings. I hadn't noticed when I had visited. I like the crate for travel idea. I did something similar on one of my transports - borrowed a dog cage, and put the cat carreir and litter box inside. Worked out nice - except Linda had to wait for the cat to finish doing her business before the trade off.

Can you believe, the first time Linda and I met was at a rest stop?? The second time was at the Cheesecake Factory. Much better!!!!

I love the pics!!!!

Hugs to Syl and the rest of the gang.

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Sylvia is still a princess in my book..she will always be stunning :minichat6: the before and after CT scans may make an interesting piece of artwork.Would definately be a conversation starter. :P hugst to all the bratz

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and the boys

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That is so amazing the difference in her pictures. You would think it was two different putty cats. Sylvia is beautiful in both looks, now her name matches her better.

Wishing you continued good health.

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Aw, but sweet Sylvia is beautiful no matter what she looks like. With or without markings, she's gorgeous. Cody's markings don't look anything like they did 6 years ago. His stripes have all but disappeared, from age I'm assuming. Give Syl some headbutts from Cody and some hugs from me :)

Tracy :ten:

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Thanks for the nice comments on my beautiful girl, I too, think she is every bit as beautiful as she was before her treatment. I just thought the pictures put right up next to each other were so interesting.

It's funny because I was thinking about when I first got Sylvia, and how I was a little picky about her facial markings. When she was a kitten the gray on her face was almost a brown color, and I told the vet (his cat was her father) I wasn't crazy about it....funny how things turn out later, isn't it? :)

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