Saturday, April 2, 2011

Happy 5th birthday, Greta!

Today is my baby's 5th birthday! 

She's been feeling really good in the last week.  To make a very long story short, here's our plan... Upon the biopsy from last Friday (grrr, don't even get me started on wtf is taking so long) 100% confirming what we think we know, on Thursday the 7th Greta will go in for limb sparing surgery.  Basically they will remove the cancerous section of her right radius (the outside, weight-bearing bone) and replace it with a metal spacer bar.  This will further be supporter by a metal plate running down her wrist, across her paw, and get attached to her 3rd metatarsal.  Her paw will be frozen in place, but her elbow and shoulder will still have full mobility and she gets to keep her leg.  This is a big, big deal surgery with a bunch of potential risks and side effects, but the benefits outweigh the risks.  2 weeks later, Greta will begin chemotherapy so the cancerous cells don't look for a new home now that their tumor is removed.  The biggest place we'll be keeping a close eye on is her lungs.  It can not spread to her lungs (or anywhere else for that matter, but especially not her lungs!)  Every penny of these two extremely expensive procedures will be worth it if it means Greta is not in pain, and has a good quality of life for a longer period of time!  She means more to me and Jamie than words can even begin to describe.  We just know in our hearts that all of this is what's best for her, and we have to give the fight everything we've got.

Earlier in the week, one of the teachers on my team baked Greta a get well doggie cake, with a side of frosting!  Here are a few pics of Greta enjoying it:

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