(Kayla waiting for the vet to come take her for her second blood transfusion)
Throughout this ordeal, I have been told by family, friends and co-workers to think about whether we are doing this for Kayla or whether we are doing this for us. That's what makes this harder than I could have ever imagined. We all know that we will almost certainly outlive our pets and that eventually we will have to deal with the grief that comes with losing them. However, I always thought when that time came that I would find peace in knowing that letting go would be to end her suffering. How do you say to your most loyal companion in life, "Although you appear to be otherwise happy and healthy and there is a chance I can save you, I'm sorry, I have to let you go because I can't afford to give you enough time to try and live?" How do you give up before you know whether you can help? How do you draw the line in determining how much is "too much?"
Although some may disagree, I cannot give up, not yet, and not until I know that I have done everything I can to give her what she needs to beat this disease. The pride I must put aside in humbling myself to ask for and accept the charity of others is worth the possibility of giving Kayla a chance at enjoying the rest of her life. Kayla has provided me with 10 years of happiness, unconditional love and memories that will last a lifetime; for this I can never truly repay her, no matter what the price. So I turn to you, my family, friends and fellow animal lovers. If you are able and interested in donating toward our efforts at giving Kayla a fighting chance at life, your help is sincerely appreciated. Thank you all for your time, understanding and support "“ we appreciate it more than Kayla loves chicken (and that's a lot!).
Megan, Lex & Kayla
- Lauren Ciriac
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