It was just a year and a half ago that I wrote a blog post entitled, “My dog Lydia has cancer.” That sucked! I never imagined I’d say that phrase, but I’m so thankful Lydia’s done so well and has been happily in remission for quite some time. (Yay, Lydia!) I also never imagined I’d be saying the phrase I’m being forced to say now . . .
My cat Tequila has cancer.
Last week I took Tequila in for a routine exam. The blood work came back abnormal and the vet was fairly certain it was cancer, so she did more blood work. I just got off the phone with the vet a few minutes ago who called to give me the results of the most recent tests. What I heard isn’t what I was hoping for – it is indeed cancer.
Just like I did with Lydia’s cancer, I’m getting a crash course in cancer, this time it’s multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma, the way I understand it, covers a broad range of blood disorders. Tequila’s is a plasma cell myeloma, which can cause cancerous skin lesions, and/or cancer cells in the liver, spleen or bone marrow.
Tomorrow Tequila is going in for an ultrasound. While he’s taking a look, the radiologist will also get some liver & spleen tissue samples. Hopefully this will tell us exactly where the cancer is and how it’s affected her so far. After that, we’ll probably be going to the oncologist to find out what options we have.
Tequila’s 12 years old and is one of the coolest cats around. And that’s not just me talking! Just about everybody who meets her comments on what a wonderful cat she is. I hear time and time again about how laid back she is, how fun she is to have around, and about how great her personality is. I happen to think all of that’s true, but it’s fun to hear it from other people too.
Tequila and I have been together since she was about 7 months old. That’s when my friend Sabra plunked her in my arms and said “hold this a minute.” That minute passed and I never let go! I held on tight to my little kitty, and she’s held on to my heart just as tight. Now it’s time to hold on to each other and fight this nasty stuff!