Four months ago, my boy Ollie started to have trouble walking. At first the x-rays showed a fractured knee, but after a time, it became clear that there was more to his condition than just a broken bone. He would pull himself around by just his front legs and he was no longer interested in chasing bugs or playing fetch. He no longer brought me any magic wands.
After months of tests including an expensive MRI, Spinal Tap, CT scan (yes, a Cat scan for a cat!), and abdominal ultrasound, the vets determined that Ollie has a cancerous tumor in his spinal cord. Because of its location, they are unable to perform a biopsy. The diagnosis: the tumor is either a Glioma (worst case) or Lymphoma (best case). The prognosis: Ollie had three months to live if I did nothing.
Over the past 3 ½ years I’ve lost 3 other cats: one to age/cancer, one to sudden kidney failure, and one to age/stroke. I couldn’t face losing another one so soon and since Ollie is not even two years old yet, I decided to take action and embark on a month long, 20 treatment tour of radiation therapy.
Every day, Monday through Friday, Ollie and I make the one-way 45 minute trek to the specialized vet hospital in Red Bank, NJ where he receives the best care and treatment from a terrific team of specialists who adore his sweet personality. He is undergoing Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) which costs approximately $7,000 for the entire course of treatment.
Ollie has just started his second week and is already showing improvement. After only day two of this treatment he was already walking better! I can tell by his interest in bugs again that he is feeling better and returning to his former playful self!
But the financial drain on my household is starting to show and I desperately need to offset some of the cost of this very expensive treatment.
Ollie is my heart and anyone who meets him says he’s such a unique and magical cat. While most people assume his nickname is for “Oliver”, it’s actually short for “Olivander”, the wand maker from the Harry Potter series.
Please consider helping us out (even the smallest of donation will help) so that Ollie can continue to improve, go into remission, and be able to fetch his magic wands again. We will be forever grateful and send you magical wishes!
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