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Sheeba Jones

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Thank you members of the I.M.O.M community fourm. Your letters have been puoring in about your concern for Sheeba.Reading your words of encouragement has given me the strength to make it through this difficult time. We thank you for being there wiyh us.

Sheeba will be having her consult with her surgeon Saturday morning. There is a strong possibility that she will have her surgery on that day as well.

We are optimistic and know the outcome of this procedure will be a positive one.

We'll certainly keep you posted on her progress.

Thanks again for all of your support,

Roger and Sheeba

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Sending warm thoughts for a good day tomm !!

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Greetings to the I.M.O.M. community forum members,

I know it has been several days now since my last post and when I last posted,Sheeba was all set for a surgical consult and I thought we were going to be on the road to her recovery.

What happened during that visit was quite traumatic for myself and most of you will be shocked and furious when you hear why I believe the results came back as they did. Before I go any further, let me inform you that Sheeba is still alive and well(aside from the melanoma) She shows no signs or symptoms of having any type of illness. She is just as happy,active, and her behavior is as normal as ever. Her appetite, behavior, and attitude are as normal as ever.

When we showed up Sat. morning for Sheeba's x-rays and consult,I checked her in and,the technician came to the reception area and took Sheeba back for her x-rays.

About 30 mins later, Her specialist, Dr. Phillips came out and called us back to a room.

She said I want to show you Sheeba's x-rays. I sensed something was wrong because if the x-rays were normal, she would have said< I've checked Sheeba's x-rays and everything looks normal so we can proceed, or something to that extent.

Instead I was told that tumors were developing in the lungs . We're calling off the surgical consult because it would put the dog at risk and it would'nt really do any good at this point. This is not what I had expected to hear,especially since less than 3 months ago, when the mass was removed from her mouth, the lungs were COMPLTLY CLEAR! Absoutely no signs of anything in her lungs at all. Her General provider, Dr. Robert Tugend, who did an remarkable job during her first surgery. was very optimistic about Sheeba's prognosis. He told me that " iI think we're going to be o.k. here because we caught this mass early.He is a excellent vet and I would recommend him in a heartbeat. Unfortunately he does'nt specialize in Oncology.

The point I'm trying to make is that this never had to happen. After seeing Dr. Brenda Phillips, I felt pretty confident . She said we would accept I.M.O.M. funding and my financial services person,Tami would take care of the paperwork for I.M.O.M. processing on Mon. September 17 of this year. What I encountered was a financial person that said no, I.M.O.M. is going to be difficult to work with and it's hard to collect payment from them. I told her that Dr. Phillips had allready agreed to go along with the organization. She told me that Dr. Phillips makes the decisions around here and she said no, but said she would talk to Dr. Phillips again and see what she could do.

The next day I received a call from Tami and she told me I talked to Dr. Phillips again and she said no. Dr. Phillips was'nt even in the office that day or the previous day. I spoke to her on that Wed. because I had left a message on Tami's voice mail Monday and she had'nt called me back yet. Dr. Phillips said she would follow up on it tomorrow with Tami. Thursday, no call from anyone,so I decided to call Tami. That's when she first told me Dr. Phillips had said no to the I.M.O.M. idea. She then went on to say that she would ask Dr. Phillips again tomorrow and she would do everything in her power to get this approved. She called me back the next day and told me "sorry, I tried. Dr. Phillips said no. We\'re not going to be able to help you.So I called the office and asked for Dr. Phillips and was told that she was'nt even in the office today.Now i'm anex-army medic and I've worked in several private practices over the years, and one thing that I know for sure is that you never call a doctor at home unless they have instructed you to do so, or if a patient's condition changes, usually for the worst. Those are the only times I have ever called a doctor at home. Soi Monday comes around and I reach Dr. Phillips and tell her of the recent events, and she told me she never made that decision. 1 week and 2 days since Sheeba's initial visit and we're still in the same place we started. There were other delays during the application process. I had a hard time getting all of the documents that I needed to get the process rolling. I spent a total of 6 business days waiting for faxes,emails , and ro phone calls during the I.MO.M. application process. That's a week and a half in real time. Could the 2 and a half weeks of delays been enough time for those tumors top begin to form? Maybe not in the case of a human, but since dogs age at a rate of approx. 7 years to our one, I believe it could have had an impact, especially since the tumors I was shown in the x-rays,were very, very small. To me, they appeared to be in their early stages.

Below you'll see some of the messages i've sent today. I've included a phone number to the vet in one off the messages. After reading for yourself, you assess the facts that i've presented and if you see something wrong with the way this outfit handled the case, I welcome and I encourage you to call them and put in your two cents worth.

I've always believed that there is power in numbers, meaning the more people you have supporting your claim, the more leverage you have and right now Sheeba is not concerned about having any leverage. All she is asking, is that they level the playing field, so she gets the chance she deserves.

There are several email messages below with details that surround these events It's 2:21 pacific time now I sent this one out this morning at (;37 pacific time and I have not gotten any feedback at all. Can you see why I am a little annoyed?

I will immediately inform you of any news I get regarding this case,whether it be positive or negative.

Thanks to the I.M.O.M. community for all of your support,

Roger and Sheeba

FW: [iMOM, Inc.] Sheeba Jones Dr. visit‏

From: Roger Jones (rogerbrucejones@hotmail.com)

Sent: Mon 10/15/07 9:37 AM

To: Tami Rushing (tammy.rushing@vshsd.com)

Hi Tami,

Could you please get a copy of this to Dr. Phillips. If at all possible, could you ask her for a immediate response. I hope that does'nt come across as being pushy, because i'm not trying to be, it's just that every moment is valuable in Sheeba's case and I owe it to Sheeba to do everything I can to save her life, and I think we can. I'm optimistic that the combination of the vaccine and radiation will work because of Sheeba's extraordinary immune system.

It looks as if I.M.O.M. may comply with the vaccines and radiation treatment even though the treatment plan and prognosis has changed.

I think if Dr. Phillips points out how energetic, healthy, and happy Sheeba was at her Sat. visit, it may make the difference in getting approval. Dr. Phillips said herself that she looked at Sheeba before she saw the x-rays and from Sheeba's demeanor and appearance,she had expected to see different findings in the x-rays.

If you need to reach me, the best number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. I will be in and out today,so you may get the answering machine, but I will be constantly checking the voicemail for messages.

Thanks again for your help,

Roger

P.S. I will explain to I.M.O.M. about the 200 dollar part and if necesscary, take care of it when I bring Sheeba back in.

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From: treasurer@imom.org

To: imom-gef@mylist.net; rogerbrucejones@hotmail.com

Subject: Re: [iMOM, Inc.] Sheeba Jones Dr. visit

Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 12:05:38 -0400

Roger,

Tracy will not be available until Oct. 20th. Thank you for writing to the Committee. I'll be able to help you while Tracy is gone.

We are sorry to hear Sheeba's tumors have spread to her lungs and she was unable to have surgery. But glad the vaccines and radiation may help her.

This is what I need you to do:

1. Have Dr. Phillip fax us an invoice for the x-rays, etc. that were done on Saturday. The invoice should show the balance due after your payment of $200 or $250 that you said you could pay.

2. Also have Dr. Phillip give us a detail of the treatment Sheeba needs next and when this treatment needs to happen. If the estimates are different from what we have on file for the vaccines and radiation, we'll need new estimates as well.

We all hope you and Sheeba have a lot more time together. This is hard, we know.

Juli

FW: [iMOM, Inc.] Sheeba Jones Dr. visit‏

From: Roger Jones (rogerbrucejones@hotmail.com)

Sent: Mon 10/15/07 12:55 PM

To: treasurer@imom.org

Hi Juli,

Thank you for your support during this trying time. I got your earlier email and I forwarded a copy to Tami Rushing, the financial contact at the vets office. As you can see, I sent it at 9:37 pacific time and it is now12:15 pacific time and I have not heard anything,not even a reply saying I got your message and we're working on it. I even spelled out that time was very crucial at this point and asked for a quick response from Dr. Phillips. I aslo told them that I'm not trying to be bossy or pushy, but I'm trying to save my dogs life, and they have still not acknowleged my request.This is what happened when I was going through the application process for I.M.O.M. It took almost 1 month to get all of the required documents from them.

Tami told me right out,no we're not going to be able to help you because DR. Phillips calls the shots and she says no. After speaking to DR. Phillips, I found out that she never said that and that she would go along with I.M.O.M. That ordeal took 1 week.

The point i'm trying to make is that this outfit,although they have a outstanding reputation,they don't see time as being critical.Sheeba's lungs were completly clear at the end of June if you look at her 1st x-ray report from Dr. Tugend.(I faxed you guys copies of all of her medical records when I applied)

Had it not been for all of the delays,I think we might be facing a different and more positive situation. I went to these guys for help because I was referred to them. I was told they were good and they are. It's just that paying customers get a better quality of care which is wrong because we are all equal no matter what social class we belong to.

I don't want to blow these guys completly off, because they do hold the vaccine that we need, but what if I researched and found another outfit in San Diego or even Los Angeles( if I have to drive 3 hours, I will) and was able to get the process rolling within the next day or 2, and they were willing to accept I.M.O.M.

could we make a switch as far as medical providers go?

As far as I'm concerned, playing God and deciding who lives and dies, because one person can get the check deposited into they're bank account faster than the other, is criminal, even if the patients are animals. They're more than that to us. Each and every pet that goes through that center has a story attached to it. Those animals are surrounded by children and families that love them dearly, well actually they're not only surrounder by the family, they are part of the family!

Some of the events I have described would cause a Dr. to be sued and possibly lose they're license if these were people we were talking about and not animals,and if they patient died as a result of someone dragging they're feet or not wanting to do they're job, and if it could be proven that this patient could have lived a pretty normal life, but died because someone failed to do what they were supposed to. I don't have to tell you but you know how many agencies would be swarming that facility,conductging investigations, along with the news media, journalist etc.

I'm still in the process of doing my own research of this case. I have to find out if they did or failed to do something they can be held accountable for, and then i'll take action.Even if I have limited or no legal rights,i'll definately file a report with whichever aggencies have jurisdiction over these types of cases. I would never want anyone to go through what I am going through, especially when in could have easilly been prevented.

I'm giving you there telephone number just in case you might want to speak to someone down there. It's xxx-xxx-xxx. When the recorded message begins,just press zero and you will be connected to the operator and they can transfer you to Dr. Phillips or Tami.

Thanks again.

Take care and i'll be in touch,

Roger

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Oh Roger, I am crying thinking of what you are going through. That trying to get people to move is just heartbreaking. Anyway I am keeping you and Sheeba in my prayers every day and of course Jack sends great big Husky hugs your way :dogsled:

Love, Debbie and Jack

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Here is an update on Sheeba's case. Sheeba went to the vet on Saturday for x-rays and possible surgery. X-rays found tumors in her lungs. Therefore surgery was not done. The option given was to start the melanoma vaccines immediately. Sheeba went in for the first vaccine today. She'll need a vaccine every two weeks. She'll also need radiation. I'm not sure when that will start.

This is what her vet said:

Roger is correct that there is a very low chance that radiation and tumor vaccine therapy (while likely the best options for therapy) will help Sheeba in her current condition. If these treatments are effective we discussed that a year survival was most likely though longer is not out of the question. I agree that Sheeba appears very happy at this time, but expect that to change dramatically to the negative within 4-8 weeks.

The reason we now feel more pessimistic about her chances to respond to vaccine in this setting is that such patients often don’t have time to respond to vaccine therapy (that can take several months to show response which Sheeba unfortunately does not likely have). In addition, the tumor vaccines have not worked very well in the bulky disease setting though I did treat a dog recently that started to respond well after approximately 3 months and he had fairly advanced melanoma as well when we started vaccine.

IMOM hopes Roger and Sheeba have a lot more time together.

Here is where we are fund-wise:

$1438 in Sheeba's fund to begin with (thank you donors)

-$144 Saturday's x-rays (Roger paying $200)

$1294 left for vaccines

Vaccine estimates are $660 each. We have almost enough for two vaccines. Sheeba gets one today and one two weeks later.

Juli

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IMOM is aware Roger has not fulfilled his posting requirement. Sheeba's case is in danger of being closed. Roger will receive an email stating such.

Juli

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IMOM is aware Roger has not fulfilled his posting requirement. Sheeba's case is in danger of being closed. Roger will receive an email stating such.

Juli

From: Roger Jones (rogerbrucejones@hotmail.com)

Sent: Thu 10/18/07 1:20 PM

To: treasurer@imom.org

Juli,

I just spoke with Tami and she said that I have'nt been in contact for days. I don't understand. We spent practically the entire morning and afternoon emailing each other just the day before yesterday and I sent you a update,just this morning,apologizing for not informing you about yesterday's treatment and that was only because Sheeba

was a little freaked out after yesterdays shot and I was back and forth on the phone with the vets office,which Tami has the notes to verify this. I may have been more nervous than Sheeba was. I was'nt sure if she was reacting this way because of the effects of the vaccine,or if she was stressed out from the pain from the injection, or if her condition was taking a turn for the worst, so I kept aclose eye on her the entire night. I think I finally fell asleep about 2 hours after she did,around 4:30 this morning. Nevertheless, she is doing much better today.The first thing I did when I got up was logged on and emailed you and basically told you most of what I said in the above paragraphs., minus the stuff about not being in contact for days.

As far as not posting with the community,you are absolutely right.I'm guilty of that and I apologize and I will do so immediately and continue to do so on a DAILY basis if we're allowed to remain as part of the program. I will try to log on not and see if my user account is still available to me and I will attempt to post a update.

If i'm not or no longer to receive assistance, I understand that I violated the posting policy and I'm sorry that I blew it for Sheeba. We are thankful for all that I.M.O.M. has been able to do for us and very grateful.

Thanks,

Roger and Sheena

Good afternoon to those of you on the west coast and the midwest and Good evening to those of you in the east. I want to take a moment to apologize to you for being out of touch for the last few days. I admit I have been awfully stressed out over Sheeba's condition, but that's not a valid excuse because the fact of the matter is,that each and everyone of us is facing a similar situation and if you guys,and ladies are fufiling you're obligations, I should be doing the same. I'm no better than anyone else her and I need to comply and once again,i'm sorry.

Let's move on for a update on Sheeba's condition,

Sheeba was seen yesterday morning for her first of a series of 4 Melanoma vaccines seems to have handled it pretty well. The whole visit took about an hour and she was a little nauseated when we started driving back home. But once I opened the windows and the air started flowing, I realized that was the problem.

I kept a pretty close eye on her and she seemed a little stressed. I was pretty scared because I did'nt know if the vaccine was giving her a reaction, if she was just stressed from the visit, or if god forbid,her condition was taking a turn for the worst. I was back and forth on the phone with her vet and they assured me it was just nervousness and stress and that the worst to be expected,was a mild fever that would pass by morning.I stayed up pretty much all night just keeping a eye out for any signs that I should be concerned with.

She seems to be doing pretty well today and is scheduled to go in for radiation treatment tomorrow at 9:00. I'm sure it will go pretty well and i'll be sure to let you know how it goes.

There have been a few head buts and incidents that have occurred with the vets office since my last posting,but i've decided not to post those transcripts for the fact that they are in control to an extent of the destiny of my loved one. after all,

if you were about to be put under for open heart surgery, would you say anything bad to that surgeon?

I've been reading and hearing alot about "Wheatgrass" being used for the treatment and curing of melanoma in humans and anmals. I'm not sure if there is any truth to this or if it's just a myth. Has anyone had any experience with this,positive or negative, or do you know someone who has? I'd love to hear your story.

Thank you,

Roger and Sheeba

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Roger,

I am glad to hear that Sheeba tolerated her vaccines so well. Also she is starting her radiation. My boy Jack has his 8th radiation treatment tomorrow. The worst thing so far is being separated from his Mom. Let us know how she does in radiation. I have heard of the Wheatgrass treatment, too, but don't know if that is good for dogs. I would be careful in her condition what I gave her.

Love to you both and Husky hugs from Jack to Sheeba :dogsled:

Debbie and Jack

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Juli,

I've sent 3 emails today and I have'nt received any replies from you so I don't know whether there is a foul up with one of the email servers, but I know that the email you sent me just above this message appeared in my junk mail folder and this is the first time that has happened.

I apologized earlier to you and told you I would do a much better job of keeping up with my end of the agreement and keep the community posted on a daily basis and I intend to do so.

I also addressed the community this afternoon ,and let them know that I was wrong and was not better than anyone else, and just because I'm stressed or having a bad day is no excuse because we're all in the same boat and they are keeping there end of the agreement, there is no reason why I should get any special treatment.

I'm not sure if you are getting my messages because I've written you 3 times today and I have'nt heard back and since I'm in danger of having my case closed, I know if I put the message here, it went through because I can physically see it.

The appointment tomorrow was for 9:00 but if I'm not eligible for this one,when can I schedule another? Monday,there next availability, or is Sheeba excluded from the radiation part of the treatment all together?

I'm going to do what I can to get this money together on my own tonight,just in case,so could you please let me know so I will mknow what I have to do.

Once again, i am sorry and it certainly won't happen again because Sheeba does'nt deserve to have to pay the price because of my foul ups.

Thank you,

Roger and Sheeba

From: Roger Jones (rogerbrucejones@hotmail.com)

Sent: Thu 10/18/07 1:20 PM

To: treasurer@imom.org

Juli,

I just spoke with Tami and she said that I have'nt been in contact for days. I don't understand. We spent practically the entire morning and afternoon emailing each other just the day before yesterday and I sent you a update,just this morning,apologizing for not informing you about yesterday's treatment and that was only because Sheeba

was a little freaked out after yesterdays shot and I was back and forth on the phone with the vets office,which Tami has the notes to verify this. I may have been more nervous than Sheeba was. I was'nt sure if she was reacting this way because of the effects of the vaccine,or if she was stressed out from the pain from the injection, or if her condition was taking a turn for the worst, so I kept aclose eye on her the entire night. I think I finally fell asleep about 2 hours after she did,around 4:30 this morning. Nevertheless, she is doing much better today.The first thing I did when I got up was logged on and emailed you and basically told you most of what I said in the above paragraphs., minus the stuff about not being in contact for days.

As far as not posting with the community,you are absolutely right.I'm guilty of that and I apologize and I will do so immediately and continue to do so on a DAILY basis if we're allowed to remain as part of the program. I will try to log on not and see if my user account is still available to me and I will attempt to post a update.

If i'm not or no longer to receive assistance, I understand that I violated the posting policy and I'm sorry that I blew it for Sheeba. We are thankful for all that I.M.O.M. has been able to do for us and very grateful.

Thanks,

Roger and Sheena

Good afternoon to those of you on the west coast and the midwest and Good evening to those of you in the east. I want to take a moment to apologize to you for being out of touch for the last few days. I admit I have been awfully stressed out over Sheeba's condition, but that's not a valid excuse because the fact of the matter is,that each and everyone of us is facing a similar situation and if you guys,and ladies are fufiling you're obligations, I should be doing the same. I'm no better than anyone else her and I need to comply and once again,i'm sorry.

Let's move on for a update on Sheeba's condition,

Sheeba was seen yesterday morning for her first of a series of 4 Melanoma vaccines seems to have handled it pretty well. The whole visit took about an hour and she was a little nauseated when we started driving back home. But once I opened the windows and the air started flowing, I realized that was the problem.

I kept a pretty close eye on her and she seemed a little stressed. I was pretty scared because I did'nt know if the vaccine was giving her a reaction, if she was just stressed from the visit, or if god forbid,her condition was taking a turn for the worst. I was back and forth on the phone with her vet and they assured me it was just nervousness and stress and that the worst to be expected,was a mild fever that would pass by morning.I stayed up pretty much all night just keeping a eye out for any signs that I should be concerned with.

She seems to be doing pretty well today and is scheduled to go in for radiation treatment tomorrow at 9:00. I'm sure it will go pretty well and i'll be sure to let you know how it goes.

There have been a few head buts and incidents that have occurred with the vets office since my last posting,but i've decided not to post those transcripts for the fact that they are in control to an extent of the destiny of my loved one. after all,

if you were about to be put under for open heart surgery, would you say anything bad to that surgeon?

I've been reading and hearing alot about "Wheatgrass" being used for the treatment and curing of melanoma in humans and anmals. I'm not sure if there is any truth to this or if it's just a myth. Has anyone had any experience with this,positive or negative, or do you know someone who has? I'd love to hear your story.

Thank you,

Roger and Sheeba

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GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess I can change my avatar for now while Sheeba gets her surgery taken care of first. I'll look at some other PINS for that!

I think my eyes are finally popping back IN to my head.

Hey there,

Thanks from Roger,(Sheeba"s dad. Sheeba just told me to thank you as well and excuse my dad's tardiness in getting back to you.

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Here is an update on Sheeba's case. Sheeba went to the vet on Saturday for x-rays and possible surgery. X-rays found tumors in her lungs. Therefore surgery was not done. The option given was to start the melanoma vaccines immediately. Sheeba went in for the first vaccine today. She'll need a vaccine every two weeks. She'll also need radiation. I'm not sure when that will start.

This is what her vet said:

Roger is correct that there is a very low chance that radiation and tumor vaccine therapy (while likely the best options for therapy) will help Sheeba in her current condition. If these treatments are effective we discussed that a year survival was most likely though longer is not out of the question. I agree that Sheeba appears very happy at this time, but expect that to change dramatically to the negative within 4-8 weeks.

The reason we now feel more pessimistic about her chances to respond to vaccine in this setting is that such patients often don’t have time to respond to vaccine therapy (that can take several months to show response which Sheeba unfortunately does not likely have). In addition, the tumor vaccines have not worked very well in the bulky disease setting though I did treat a dog recently that started to respond well after approximately 3 months and he had fairly advanced melanoma as well when we started vaccine.

IMOM hopes Roger and Sheeba have a lot more time together.

Here is where we are fund-wise:

$1438 in Sheeba's fund to begin with (thank you donors)

-$144 Saturday's x-rays (Roger paying $200)

$1294 left for vaccines

Vaccine estimates are $660 each. We have almost enough for two vaccines. Sheeba gets one today and one two weeks later.

Juli

Juli,

I know you were a little angry at me earlier for not posting,and you were right. No hard feelings on my part. I do really appreciate all of the hard work and long hours that you and Tracy have put in to get my little girl the help she needs. Mt hat's off to you. thans, and God bless you,

Roger

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Dear Roger,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Sheeba. I know what a diagnosis of fast moving cancer can be like. My beautiful Neardie, Lucky was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in early June. We had been seeing a vet for a month before that. We were treating her for swelling and joint issues, but the vet wouldn't do xrays without anesthesia. We had to go to another vet who would work with IMOM. What a shock to go from an injury to Osteosarcoma. When I Lucky was diagnosed with her cancer and lung mets, the vet gave us 10 days of meds and didn't expect her to last that long. We kept going in for 10 days meds at a time, and took her in when the vet wanted to see her.

Anyway, I want you to know that you both are on my heart. Hopefully the injections and radiation will help Sheeba. One important thing to remember is that none of us know how long we are going to have with anyone we love, from furkids to skin kinds, fur friends to skin friends...Enjoy each day you have with Sheeba. She doesn't know cancer. She just knows she loves you and that you love her and take good care of her. Take each day one at a time. (If things are stressful, on hour at a time) and turn your worries over to the "Man Upstairs"(whoever that may be to you) Enjoy every day you are together, no matter how long or short(hopefully very long) Play your favorite games-make new ones-share your favorite foods-visit your special places-snuggle-play..... Lucky was playful and active and loving and engaged in life all summer! It was "bonus" time from what the vet expected. By taking this approach, it turned the start of what could have been a very long death watch into a summer of memories that have helped me since she left for the Bridge. However much time you have with Sheeba(and no one can really say how long that is...) enjoy it and enjoy her!

HUGS

Kathy, Puddin and Angel Lucky

PS Also remember that here on the forum, we are all here for each other. I have found so much compassion and support and friends here. We all know what it is like to go through. IMOM is more than just a place for monetary help, but also a place for sharing, caring and helping each other through those tough spots,

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Oh Roger, I am crying thinking of what you are going through. That trying to get people to move is just heartbreaking. Anyway I am keeping you and Sheeba in my prayers every day and of course Jack sends great big Husky hugs your way :dogsled:

Love, Debbie and Jack

Hi Debbie and Jack,

I want to apologize for taking so long to thank you for the kind words you sent us. I did'nt answer right away and I'm sorry,but I don't just welcome your supporting messages and prayers,but we need them.They give us the strength we need to make it through each day.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,

Sheeba and Roger

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Dear Roger,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Sheeba. I know what a diagnosis of fast moving cancer can be like. My beautiful Neardie, Lucky was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in early June. We had been seeing a vet for a month before that. We were treating her for swelling and joint issues, but the vet wouldn't do xrays without anesthesia. We had to go to another vet who would work with IMOM. What a shock to go from an injury to Osteosarcoma. When I Lucky was diagnosed with her cancer and lung mets, the vet gave us 10 days of meds and didn't expect her to last that long. We kept going in for 10 days meds at a time, and took her in when the vet wanted to see her.

Anyway, I want you to know that you both are on my heart. Hopefully the injections and radiation will help Sheeba. One important thing to remember is that none of us know how long we are going to have with anyone we love, from furkids to skin kinds, fur friends to skin friends...Enjoy each day you have with Sheeba. She doesn't know cancer. She just knows she loves you and that you love her and take good care of her. Take each day one at a time. (If things are stressful, on hour at a time) and turn your worries over to the "Man Upstairs"(whoever that may be to you) Enjoy every day you are together, no matter how long or short(hopefully very long) Play your favorite games-make new ones-share your favorite foods-visit your special places-snuggle-play..... Lucky was playful and active and loving and engaged in life all summer! It was "bonus" time from what the vet expected. By taking this approach, it turned the start of what could have been a very long death watch into a summer of memories that have helped me since she left for the Bridge. However much time you have with Sheeba(and no one can really say how long that is...) enjoy it and enjoy her!

HUGS

Kathy, Puddin and Angel Lucky

PS Also remember that here on the forum, we are all here for each other. I have found so much compassion and support and friends here. We all know what it is like to go through. IMOM is more than just a place for monetary help, but also a place for sharing, caring and helping each other through those tough spots,

Kathy, Puddin and Angel Lucky

Wow, what a powerful message, and you speak with such wisdom. I appreciate what you said and I will follow you advice. It makes so much sense.

You're right,Sheeba does'nt know cancer, but after that first vaccine, I felt sad, hurt, and felt helpless. When I got her home, she just ly there staring at the wall. She looked as if she was all alone. I had to go outside to cry because I did'nt want her to pick up on any negative vibes that I may have been puttibng out and cause her any further stress. I spent the night keeping an eye on her because I thought her condition was taking a turn for the worst> But when she woke up the next morning,she appeared to be her old self again,and what an appwtite she had. I was really relieved. I think it was just the stress from the injection.

Thanks for the valuable advice and God Bless You,

Love,

Sheeba and Roger

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What wonderfull words from Kathy. It gives us all so much to think about and learn from. I plan on taking her advice in thinking about the time that Jack and I have together. Our love is still coming your way Roger and Sheeba. Can you feel it?

Husky hugs from Jack to Sheeba :luck:

Debbie and Jack

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OMG! Sheeba and Roger are so adorable! My heart instantly melted when I layed eyes on them. I hope Sheeba gets better soon, I am sure the angels will fall in love with them just as fast as I did.

Hugs & Smackaroo's

Thanks Brandy & Audrey,

You don't how reassuring your warm words and prayers are. May God bless you two always.

Huggs,

Sheeba and Roger

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I want to recap what Sheeba needs.

  • $24 more for Vaccine #2
  • $660 for Vaccine #3
  • $1478 - $1936 for radiation
Thanks so much!

Juli

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I want to recap what Sheeba needs.

  • $24 more for Vaccine #2
  • $660 for Vaccine #3
  • $1478 - $1936 for radiation
Thanks so much!

Juli

Checking in on Roger and Sheeba again hoping you are doing well today. Sheeba sure is one little heartbreaker.

Hugs & Smackaroos

Brandy & Audrey

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Wow, Roger really made up with the posting! YAY!!!!!!!!

I also think it is GREAT how Brandy ;) and Audrey are posting so much on the board-thank you for doing that. It is huge.

Any more pictures of Sheeba?

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Hope this finds Sheeba doing well. Can't wait to hear more from you.

Hugs,

Debbie and Jack

Roger I hope you and Sheeba are doing okay today. My best advice to you is to keep posting as much as possible and tell us a few sweet stories about your fur-baby. We all love the stories and it helps the Angels realize how much your fur-kid means to you. The angels here are so very generous and caring and they love to read your posts so keep posting! Good luck to you and Sheeba hope to see you beside Brandy and I in Happy Endings!

Big Buddah Bear Hugs

Brandy(Buddah Bear) & Audrey

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Hey Roger! Jack and I are missing hearing from you and Sheeba. I hope she is still all right. Are you still with the same vet? Has Sheeba been back to the vet? Just wondering. We are still sending love and Husky hugs to you both!

Love,

Debbie and Jack

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Roger I hope you and Sheeba are doing okay today. My best advice to you is to keep posting as much as possible and tell us a few sweet stories about your fur-baby. We all love the stories and it helps the Angels realize how much your fur-kid means to you. The angels here are so very generous and caring and they love to read your posts so keep posting! Good luck to you and Sheeba hope to see you beside Brandy and I in Happy Endings!

Big Buddah Bear Hugs

Brandy(Buddah Bear) & Audrey

Hello Brandy(Buddah Bear) & Audrey

This is Sheeba just wanting to say thanks for not giving upon us and keeping us in your prayers. Roger's a little tired today because we've been busy packing and unpacking due to all of these fires here in San Diego. We had a scare Monday night when our home was in the path for a while and we thought we were going to have to evecuate but we got lucky and the fire changed it's path,but alot of others were'nt so lucky. This has been a big mess, over 1000 homes destroyed so far, and it looks loke the number will rise before they get a hold on this thing.

I'm hanging in there though. I went to see another doctor on Monday and he wants me to start chemo so they can shrink those tumors that are growing in my lungs.

Thanks for your concern and Hope you're in the best of spirits

Sheeba and Roger

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