Fighting Cancer for Brutus
My beloved Brutus Callahan has cancer. This news was absolutely devastating to our family, but Jeff and I are doing what we can to understand the severity of his diagnosis, as well as the options for moving forward.
Here's what we do know:
- He has tumors in his anal gland, sublumbar lymphnodes and chest cavity
- Surgery isn't an option unless chemo shrinks the tumors enough (if we removed the tumors around his anal glands, he wouldn't be able to control his bowels
What's next? We have started CBD oil treatment at home + start chemo treatment this week.
Since he has not shown any signs of slowing down or being in pain, I really want to keep fighting for him. The expense of doing so is weighing on me as I work to pay off my own medical debt. Which is where this gofundme campaign comes in.
We spent $2,000 to diagnose his cancer + locate all of the tumors in his body. The expense now is $1,500 a month in chemo + bloodwork for the rest of his life.
Having some help with these costs would mean the world to me, Jeff and Brutus. He is truly my once-in-a-lifetime dog and I am hopeful that I can have a few more years with him as we fight his cancer together.
Any money contributed to Brutus will go directly to vet bills. Jeff and I will grab him a pizza or some Culver's custard for him on the really rough days, CBD oil, any other natural treatments we come across and continue to pay the remaining vet bill balance as we do whatever possible to give him the best quality of life.
Thank you so much for your help, love and prayers for Brutus!
(I will continue to post updates via gofundme as we get more results and decide what the next steps are.)
Here are the invoices that we have paid for diagnosis + treatment.
Yesterday he went to his oncologist for baseline testing. All of his tumors have been documented (size, shape, location), but we needed to confirm his blood pressure and protein to creatinine ratio before starting. Things came back ok, so we were sent home with Palladia - chemo in pill form.
With Bru being ~100 pounds, he gets 120mg every other day. That prescription is $1,165 a month. Along with that comes us needing to wear gloves to administer the meds + wearing gloves to handle anything that comes out of him - pee, poop, vomit. We are getting very science-y at this house.
It's only been 24 hours, but so far so good. We are watching for signs of GI distress, nose color change (yup, his nose might change color) + limping.
On May 23rd, he will go back in for another ultrasound and xray to see if the tumors are shrinking thanks to this chemo treatment.
Let's all keep our fingers crossed that it works!
I will be updating the details on the GoFundMe homepage as we get various results back too. Which means you can continue to share this page with those that you know if you'd like to.
Thank you for the love, support, prayers + check-ins! This is not easy, but it's possible because of everyone around us.
Within hours we doubled our goal, so Brutus got a bit of vanilla custard from Culver's as a way of showing him how much everyone is there to support him on this journey to beat cancer. (Photo + video included for your enjoyment.)
We are keeping this campaign open since the cost of this fight will pass $2,500. Knowing that we can do everything possible for him is all that I could ever ask for and has allowed me to breathe a sigh of relief for the first time since the vet told us my main man had cancer.
Thank you, a million times, thank you!