Grace's Health Treatment
On Friday, January 16, 2015, I took my 7 year old Xoloitzcuintli, Gracie, who I rescued and adopted from Mexico, to the vet because she had extrememly labored breathing and was lethargic. I received the heartbreaking news that afternoon that she had fluid around her heart and an x-ray revealed a cardiac hemangiosarcoma; I was still reeling from my dad uinexpectedly passing only a few weeks before and at a total loss. Due to the location of the tumor, surgery was not an option. Prognosis with chemo treatment was rather bleak, anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
After researching and reading up about her type of tumor that weekend, and then speaking with a specialist, it was decided that the best course of treatment for quality of life and longevity is to go a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) route. With a combination of a fully holistic/organic diet, herbal supplements, chinese medicine and an aggressive 3-day Vitamin drip protocol, we had a strong chance of cutting off the blood supply to the tumor and potentially shrinking it and giving her many more months to years of a happy life!
TCM and the Vitamin Drip are a less expensive treatment than chemotherapy, but it is still quite costly and much more than I had anticipated spending. Given Gracie is my ESA therapy dog , is young and has SO much more life ahead of her, fighting this tumor and hopefully eradicating it are the only options I have. As of March, the tumor isn't visible and there are no new growths, however, she needs to maintain the same supplemental and herbal treatment, which costs in excess of $300-$400 a month (most of which is on a high interest credit card :( ). Her next follow up is in October, at which point we "hope" to modify and reduce some of the treatment.
Despite my hesitation to set up a fund, I am doing so at the prodding of a few friends. Any amount would be helpful and I know Gracie would be forever grateful for the love you show. If you would like to follow her progress, you can also follow her Facebook page: Gracie's Fight: Eradicating the Heart Tumor
Many thanks from us both ...
If you could find it in your heart to help, it would mean the world. I don't think I can bear to lose her right now. Thank you, from us all.
To complicate things, Gracie hasn'the been herself lately, she'said been lethargic, has congested breathing (which has me panicked that a tumor is back), and even appears to be crying some. The cost of an office visit to her specialist is $89, plus any additional care needed. If you are able to help, even in a small way, it would be very much appreciated.