The beginning of the story, July 3rd, 2017:
Thank you to all who read Olive's Story. It was after a big 'January in Chicago' snow I heard a "mew" in the Monday morning cold. Looking around there she was in an alley with her paw caught in a metal mesh and a frozen tail pleading for help. Olive must have been six months old and has been a faithful companion since for twelve years now. A unique personality, behind that Picasso brush-painted nose, ever protective and watchful of me. When playing 'Chase Me' she would come darting out hopping sideways on all fours. Olive has been there for all my hardships filling in a lonely room and gave up hunting mice to become editor-in-cat for my writings. Toward the end of June 2017 her demeanor and mannerisms had changed and she was not the same, we could tell. After going to the MedVet and eliminating the regular tests the next step is neurologoical diagnostic testing. The suspicion is that she has Intracranial Neoplasia or a brain tumor. She is in need of a CT Scan or MRI to determine the next steps to take, which at this time I cannot say the direction, outside of a biopsy and surgery if the determination from the tests point that way. She may have also had a minor stroke episode is the other suspicion. Only further tests can give a better picture for a course of action. Since yesterday, when I heard the upsetting outcome, I began to picture the sunset as a silhouette with a tail. I want to picture the sunrise as whiskers is my prayer.
I am new to this means of funding a personal cause and my figure is a ballpark one. If anyone has had experience in costs please help us to get a better idea of what we can expect. My daughter, as she has affectionately become to me, and I are seeking financial help to cover these costs--and after, gratefully thankful to anyone who wishes to help Olive have a chance to live longer by grace. This is Olive's Story.