On Friday, December 22, 2017, our four year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Coraline, was diagnosed with Stage Vb multicentric lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Stage Vb is the most advanced form since it affected the lymph nodes in her neck and leg and also spread to her eyes--without treatment, she had anywhere from 4-8 weeks left to live.
Lymphoma is one of the most common forms of cancer in canines but fortunately responds very well to chemotherapy, which is why we’ve dedicated the next 6 months to making 3-4 hour long road trips to see her oncologist on a weekly basis. All of the funds donated will be used to pay for her chemotherapy treatments, additional follow-up tests and exams, as well as the medications prescribed for her eyes (which were not included in the original estimate).
While she is currently showing signs of remission, lymphoma is a particularly
aggressive form of cancer, and the full 25 weeks must be followed to give her the best chance of long term survival. We're hoping that with your help, we can all give her a better shot at life. Any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for reading and sharing her story.
Gifted to us as a wedding present, Coraline is the consummate corgi: bossy, loud, fierce and independent, but underneath that tough exterior is a total sweetheart. If her little human cousins are arguing, she will bark at them both until they are both at peace. If mom and dad pretend to fight, she’ll bark at them too! Mailman making his daily drop off? Bark, bark, bark! Ok, we admit things will be a lot quieter without her around, but there’s so much more to her than an endless belly full of barks.
She loves to visit her cousins and drop them off at school. The hallway is where she waits every morning for her belly rub. Her eyes get as big as her Frisbee when she realizes you’ll be taking her out to play.
But what’s most remarkable about Coraline is just her ability to brighten someone’s day--like the young girl with dog bite trauma who reached out hesitantly to pet her as she calmly waited. Young or old, big or small, she loves everyone and loves to give love as much as she loves to get love. You can follow her journey on Instagram @coralineandbenny.
MORE INFORMATION REGARDING HER TREATMENT:
Her specific treatment plan follows the Madison-Wisconsin protocol, which is a chemotherapy course administered over 6 months. She is also prescribed oral steroids and an ophthalmic ointment to reduce inflammation of her lymph nodes and eyes. Each visit to the veterinary oncologist also requires a complete blood count test to check her white blood cells.
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