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Sarah C.

Lacey Glucksman Mammory Cancer

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Hi

I agree. Don't take any chances. Give Lacey time to make a full recovery and then get the rest of that out.

Sometimes the drugs we take to make us feel better have side effects..sounds like that happened with Lacey. So happy she is eating again on her own.

Kathy

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Thanks for your comments so far. I spoke to one person who said that her dog was also diagnosed with many nodules. Because of her dogs age, she did not subject her dog to surgery and believes that the nodules may be fatty deposits and not cancerous tumors. Her dog is now 15 years and very old. I'm leaning more to removing the masses and not risk Lacey's future. Please keep the comments coming...Shel

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Sheldon - there are lots of different kinds of lump and bumps our furbabies get. Talk with your vet - they can usually help out with giving you a better idea on how much of chance there is that it's just fatty tissue or considering where it is and what the other side looked like - what this side will likely look like. I have what I think are brother and sister (rescues so we don't know for sure). Boris has tons of lumps and bumps - all fatty tissue. Tashie had just one small lump - figured it was just more of the same - but I always get them checked out to be sure. Hers was Cancer. Vet said it wasn't the kind that is hereditary and didn't mean Boris would get it (if they are brother/sister). Definitely listed to others opinions to help weigh your own thoughts - but also have a good sit down with your vet and talk it out.

In the mean time - whether or not you decide to have this surgery - it's a good time to start a savings account for Lacey. We've got really great ideas on our website on how you can raise money for your pet. It might be for this upcoming surgery or not - but I have yet to have a furkid that didn't end up in the emergency room - they don't tell you that at the pet stores unfortunately. But it's good to get started on your little Lacey savings account.

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Very sensible advice Sarah. The Vet was very clear that both he and the Pathologist recommended surgery to remove the other mammary chain. Even though the masses that were removed were benign, he did say that it doesn't mean that the other side would be benign. Also with time things could change. Whether some of the nodules are fatty or not, I just don't want to risk even one of them being cancerous. So, how do we go about setting up a savings account fund for Lacey's future surgery?

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Sheldon - you do it a dollar at a time. Just as you save for your own daughter - you must also save for your furkids. My previous post (and email sent to you) has a lot of ideas on how to go about raising money for this purpose. Then put it asside - you can open a free bank account and start putting money in it. Don't touch it unless Lacey has an emergency. You've got 3 months before Lacey will need surgery again. So it's time to think outside the box and find ways to build that fund up.

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During the holidays we usually meet more people and this may be a good opportunity for us to share Lacey's story and begin that savings account for her next surgery. I've had a chance to look over the fund raising suggestions and plan to discuss them with family to agree on an action plan.

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Sheldon - that's great news. I sent you an email and you are required to reply to all emails with in 24 hours. Please respond immediately. I rarely have the ability to come online to read the forum.

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Today I had the opportunity to talk to a friend about Lacey and her needed surgery. Told her about IMOM and before I knew it she gave me a small donation to begin her savings fund. Every donation, small or large will help. There are some other ideas that are posted that we're also going to use. Thanks for your past support.

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Lacey has a better appitite, is more active and appears to be getting stronger every day. Remarkable how she is bouncing back. We are sharing her story with others to add to her savings account for any future surgery. We have an appointment for a follow up vet visit early next week. W would like to take this time to wish all of you at IMOM a Blessed Christmas and Happy Chanukkah in behalf of Lacey.

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Sheldon, Happy Chanukkah and Merry Christmas to you and your family. So glad to hear Lacey is getting stronger by the day.

Although it may seem impossible to have the funds ready for Lacey's 3rd surgery, remember the lesson of the Lights. Where there's faith and hope, nothing is impossible.

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Sheldon - you still have not replied to my email to you. For Lacey's sake - please reply to my email! Good job in finding other ways to raise the money needed for Lacey's next surgery. Please keep us posted on how much the next surgery will be and how much money towards that you are able to raise.

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Sheldon, please check your spam folder for an IMOM email. I know that my email provider is constantly dumping important emails in my spam folder.

Good luck

Kathy

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Hello Sarah and Kathy,

I appreciate the persistance that both of you have. I did overlook Sarah's last e-mail inadvertantly, but I've just sent a response. I'll be taking Lacey to the Vet on Monday and plan to ask him for an estimate for the next surgery. We've also started sharing Lacey's story with others hoping to get donations for her savings account. I've read several other Forum postings and some of the stories are heart breaking. I hope that I can contribute by encouraging someone else in their time of need. Keep me on track. Thanks...Shel

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I hope everyone had a meaningful and joyous holiday weekend. Lacey had her second scheduled post op visit with the Vet late this afternoon. The Vet was very pleased as she is making great progress. He suggested that I rub her suture site with some vasoline to keep it more moist so when the staples come out next week that the site is not itchy and Lacey does not scratch it. The nodules on her left side opposite from the surgery seem to be getting smaller. As her hormones come under control and are reduced this was one side effect that we were hoping would occur. I asked if a future lumpectomy could be performed in lieu of a total left sided mastectomy. Again he reiterated that both he and the Pathologist felt that complete removal of the left sided mammary chain was the route to go. But no final decision would be made until several months from now. Needless to say, I was unable to get an estimate of the cost of that upcoming surgery. But it will be somewhat higher in cost because we will need lab work and an x-ray also. In the mean time, we are sharing her story and need with others in order to raise some funds for her future need...

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Happy New Year everyone and I hope your holidays were blessed. This was a good day for Lacey. Today she had the surgical staples removed which were from her chest area all the way to the very tip of her bottom. I've been cleaning and then softening the area with vasoline to reduce dryness and her wanting to scratch the area. I'm just amazed at how quickly she has responded to treatment. IMOM, without your help I don't think the holidays would have been as joyous as they were. We have much to be grateful for...thank you again for helping us and Lacey during this difficult financial time. I would really want to encourage others who are also stressed financially to not give up, keep hope in your heart, pray and seek His guidance .Many of the nodules that were present on Lacey's left side have now significantly reduced in size or simply disappeared. The Vet did tell us that once the hormones get under control following the hysterectomy and right mastectomy that the nodules may shrink. We're going to give it some time and then reevaluate her in several months to see if an additional surgery is really needed. Miracles still occur and perhaps we are witnessing one...Sheldon

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Sheldon - thanks for the update. I'm thrilled to hear that the 2nd surgery might not even be needed! Keep up on the savings account for her though - emergencies always catch us by surprise and now you can be proactive in a special fund just for Lacey. We'll move you to happy endings. Please feel free to continue to post updates on Lacey. We're so glad you had such a joyous holiday season with Lacey by your side!

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That is good news. I hope she will recover fully without the need for more surgery . Please do set up an emergency fund for her just in case..you never know what might happen.

Happy New Year !

Kathy

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