Hello Dear, My name is Sally Adington. Im 72, and come from the small town of Edenbridge. I live on my own, with no children or grandchildren to my name. Last year my late husband, bless his heart, sadly passed away after having a major heart attack. His presence is always in my heart and mind but I often feel lonely without him. Luckily, Berty the dog helps me through my times of sadness. He has been with me for 7 years and I love him dearly. He is the only thing that gives me hope in this world and reminds me of my husband.
5 weeks ago, I came home from volunteering at the local charity shop, expecting to hear Berty running up to me and barking to welcome me home. However, the house was silent. I worriedly dropped my bags and ran to the living room. He was lying there on the ground groaning and whimpering and had no energy to lift his head and look up at me. I sat there on the coach, crying with sadness and pain. I didn't know what to do.
The next morning, I took him to the vet, who did some tests and informed me they would need to monitor Berty for a couple of days. I asked them what was wrong, and they said they had to check for cancer. I couldn't believe it, how would I cope without him. In the morning, three days later, I got a call from the vet, asking for a checkup with Berty. They did the final tests before calling me to a small side room. The vet then informed me that Berty had a type of malignant lymphoma.
Amongst the pain of the following weeks, Berty had several courses of Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and minor surgery to attempt removal of the tumour. All of which were unsuccessful because the tumour had entered metastasis and had spread to infect more soft tissue. They vets suggested that I get him put down as he is likely to die within two months at most.
This would be the hardest decision of my life.
The following day, I did some research and found a doctor who offered a special treatment for dogs like Berty, with a high success rate. The problem is that the price of the treatment is £6500. This is completely unaffordable due to my meagre pensions. I need the help and I need it fast.