• We Are Thankful

    It’s that wonderful time of year that I love so much, the holidays! Most people are not as excited to have them here with all the hustle and bustle that the holidays bring. But, for me, the holidays are family time, even more so than the rest of the year. It’s a time when people take a step back and appreciate all that they have.

    As many of you know, this year of 2010 has been quite an adventure for my family. Earlier this year, we were given the diagnosis that my husband has malignant Melanoma in his left eye. And with the knowledge of how aggressive Melanoma can be, unless monitored untreated, he would have anywhere from 5 to 20 years (20 years at best if it was slow growing). Let me remind you that my husband is only in his mid-30s, even 20 years is too soon to throw in the towel. So, with careful consideration, we fought the battle. The battle that was not easy. In September, my husband went through two surgeries for his radiation treatment. It was tough as with Ocular Melanoma, losing eye sight completely was a huge concern. With the treatments, we will not know the side affects for 1 1/2 to 5 years. We pray every day for the outcome to be in his favor. At this point, I’m extremely happy to announce that the is tumor is looking as though it is already responding and shrinking. We will know the true measurements in March 2011 when we go in for his 6 month appointment. But, the double vision and blurriness have gone at this point. He is still recovering from surgery though and that will take more time. His vision has returned at this time to normal, which gives us the fighting chance with retinopathy side effects.

    In October, we discovered a pre-melanoma on his back that was removed, we are extremely happy to say results of the completed removal came back negative and his other suspicious locations will now just be monitored at this point. I say loudly for all that have had to battle cancer and for the families that are by your side, we fight this fight together and we will win. Keep that in your hearts, I believe that the thoughts and prayers said for us and the positive belief that we will beat this has been what has brought us through this traumatic experience. I can say that I will never be the same. But, I say that because I know can appreciate life much more than I have ever before. So for those of you who are so fortunate to not have to experience any tragedies, let me ask you to take a look at life in a different light. Hug and kiss your families more, tell them you love them and kiss your fuzzy friends too. Life can always take a different turn in the road, and it can happen to any one of us. But, the way you choose to take that path is completely up to you.

    I’m glad to say that our daughter has just celebrated her 5th birthday on November 16 and for those of you that have been here from the beginning, it is just as shocking as how fast time has gone by. We thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes you gave and speaking for my daughter, she adores saying hello to all of your doggies too. 🙂

    We will have another rough road conquer this week that I will update you all on in my next post but until then I want to say I am thankful for so much. I am thankful for my family (which includes my fuzzy family too) as they are my world, I am thankful for my wonderful friends who stand by our sides through it all. And please know, that we all are thankful for our fuzzy friends and for all of you too.

    Have a wonderful holiday season this year, you all have been a blessing to us and we are thankful to have you all in our Doggie Den Family.

    Regards,
    Jennifer

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