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What Are The Odds
Next time you think you're having a bad day...think of me, I'll trade you lives
First, if you don't have a dog you might as well stop reading now. Secondly, if you have a dog but also have a kid (with 2 legs) you probably won't get it either.
Brodie has been my baby for a third of my life, actually I can't really remember life without him. He's always been there. Especially during my cancer journey.
Last week after I got home from my IVIG infusion he wasn't doing good...at all. My parents brought him to the emergency vet who after some tests and x-rays found a mass in his chest and fluid in his lungs. Sound familiar?! Yes, its exactly like what happened to me. He got his lungs drained and some medicine to help internal bleeding since they found blood in what was drained. They then sent the scans to get read and the next day my mom got the call that it was more than likely a cancerous tumor. He then needed to be brought to a special vet oncologist in San Antonio who did a cat scan and later confirmed it was cancer....literally the same spot as mine. He is going back tomorrow for surgery to hopefully remove the tumor...if it's possible.
Brodie IS my kid so I don't expect anyone to understand or relate to thinking your kid having cancer when mine just has 4 legs instead of 2.
To be honest, I only did my million cancer treatments, procedures, medicines, hospitals etc FOR HIM. Why? People know you died and will eventually accept it and move on...animals think you just left them, didn't care and never came back. Do I care about my family and friends having to go thru me dying....of course....but I could never just leave Brodie and never come back and he think I left him.
So yes, it might sound crazy to most that I care more about a dog than anyone else....but unless you've had a pet that's been your "child" for 13 years I don't expect you to understand.
What are the odds my dog and I would end up having cancer together in the same spot?
Just so we're clear, I'd pick him over me any day.
"You either get bitter or you get better. It's that simple. You either take what's been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you."