Momma Cat's Kickin' Cancer

Most who know me know I'm a crazy dog lady, but the truth is after each work day I actually go home and  snuggle my cat, Momma. 

Our story started back in 2012 when I fostered her and her two kittens in Philadelphia when I really needed some saving myself. Her shelter name being Asia, I nicknamed her "Momma" assuming she'd be renamed by whoever adopted her. The kitties were fortunate enough to find a furever home together. By that time, I had fallen in love with Momma and was declared a Foster Fail. The name stuck. 
She has since helped me through some pretty rough times over the years and eventually lead me to the realization that I was in the wrong career and needed to be with animals. She has been gracious enough to share our home/her bed with more dogs then she cares to count. 
Now she needs my help! In late July we went for an annual vet check up where I noted she seemed to be losing weight recently and had a small lump in her belly.  Over 85% of mammary tumors in cats are malignant and metastasize quickly. There was no question that we would have this removed as quickly as possible. She had a lumpectomy on August 22nd. On September 1st we recieved the biopsy results which did not have positive results. It confirmed that she does have a high grade ( very aggressive) type of mammary cancer. The tumor was unfortunately not entirely taken out, which now means it is advised she see an Oncologist to have a full mastectomy as soon as possible! Since this type is quick to metastasize she will likely need several rounds of Chemotherapy to give her the best chances of survival and significantly longer time with me. Prior to any surgery she will require an Oncologist consult, Ultrasounds, and X-rays. If it appears to of spread to her lungs or any other major organ, they will not perform surgery. These costs alone will reach into the thousands! We have already spent $1100 for her first surgery. Since the Veterinarian noted she had a mammary tumor on our first visit, this became a "pre-existing condition". We are not eligible for any type of pet insurance because of this. Devastatingly,  I don't have the financial means to move forward with any kind of treatment, which gives her only a few months to live. She is only 7 years old!

Any amount given will go to saving her life! The sooner she can have surgery the better her chances. Momma may be her name, but she's my baby girl.

Momma thanks you for your kindness.


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Stephanie Barnard 
Washington D.C., DC
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