Help Clarence Kick Cancer
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Clarence is an Austin, TX dog battling bladder cancer, or TCC. His story has already touched many and we hope he can be an inspiration to others dealing with canine cancer.
Clarence's mom is an artist and is part of an amazing group of artist friends who have begun to rally around Clarence. This group decided they wanted to help and suggested Clarence get his story out there and let people participate in his journey. In return they have donated some of their fabulous goods as rewards for Clarence's Champs.
So here we are. Let the journey continue.
We will keep the updates coming but here's Clarence's time line so far -
October 2012 - after finding blood in his urine and exploring the possibility of a bladder infection, Clarence was finally diagnosed with TCC.
October 2012 - Clarence has surgery to remove 40% of his bladder to try to get the tumor. Margins were not clear, so traces of cancer still present.
November 2012 - Chemo round 1
November 2012 - Chemo round 2
December 2012 - Chemo drug change, round 1
January 2013 - Chemo drug 2, round 2
January 2013 - Chemo drug change, round 1
February 2013 - Traveled to AMC in New York City for a life saving procedure - a ureteral stent to unclog his kidney and allow urine to flow to the bladder. The amazing Dr. Berent is our hero.
February 2013 - We start IMRT radiation in Dallas at Vet Specialty of North Texas. 3 days a week we will drive to and from Dallas, 6 hours round trip, to ZAP that tumor. Road warriors we will be. Cancer fighter he is.
March 2013 - Radiation
April 2013 - Last Chance - renal stents or bypass
Artists who are giving to the Clarence Champ level rewards include -
Kim Maguire Photography
And suddenly our fight is over for Clarence. This was not the way his story was supposed to go. This was not the way.
My words will fall short but please know that each and every person that has fallen in love with Clarence have become special to us.
His story is not complete. Dr. Berent told us today that he will be written about in international publications. Many dogs will live beyond transitional cell carcinoma because of what has been learned over his 7 month journey. He is truly a hero. I will never be able to understand how this turned out this way. And I will never be able to thank Clarence properly for making my life what it is.
So here's the shortest updates so far - we are still fighting some damn infection. A new antibiotic gets added today. Please cross your fingers and toes that this one does the trick. One slight complication is that this one can be hard on the kidneys, but the others are just not working and he's so ready to be rid of this junk.
Your continued good thoughts are welcome. Thanks so much for all of your support.
So the past 2, maybe 3 days, have been pretty good. Not without their own challenges, but Clarence has been doing some of the old normal Clarence things. From running to the front door to go get in the car to scratching and digging at the dog bed like it needs to be punished. Normal things. And normal is a win. Sure there are a few things here and there that have popped up that freak us out and make us call the vet to calm us down, but a bright face, happy ears, and enough energy to tell the other dogs to "back off" are all things to be happy about.
Today, Clarence's friend (and my co-worker) Liz surprised me at work with a box of "I'm With Clarence" t-shirts. I was blown away. Clarence has amazing friends.
I'm sorry it has been almost a week since our last update here on GoFundMe. It has been an interesting week to say the least. I'll try to get you up to speed.
We'll start with some vocabulary. Megacolon. That's right sound it out - Mega - colon. Megacolon is a condition characterized by an abnormal dilation of the colon. This happens when too much of the stuff that is supposed to come out doesn't come out. It backs up and causes issues. So Saturday last week, we got to learn about Megacolon. Awesome.
Prior to Saturday we learned that Clarence needed to switch antibiotics and that his kidney values had swung the wrong direction. Not a huge swing, but just out of the normal range. Hopefully it has been caused by the body sending resources to the infection, as well as dehydration that can be cause by the megacolon. MEGACOLON! (I keep saying it like the announcer for a super hero cartoon.)
We have had some good days, some partial good days, and some days where we are just tired. Clarence has quite the schedule these days. Every 2 hours he is getting food, meds, fluids, or some sort of other supplement. We can only imagine that this is what it's like to have a 6 month old kid. And much like I hear some parents end up doing with their baby humans that don't feel so hot, we find ourselves wishing for a giant, healthy poo for Clarence to let us know all systems are flowing correctly. And after that we hope the numbers all start heading in the right direction, too.
I need to apologize to all of you that have not yet received your donation rewards. I promise we will get back to that soon. We owe several of you your goodies. I feel rotten that time has gotten away from us on this. Hope to have that corrected soon. Thanks.