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Frankie's Fighting Chance

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** LONG EMOTIONAL STORY INCOMING! PLEASE READ TO THE END**

There she was, scared, skittish, looking up at me with those perfect big hazel eyes. It was February 14th, 2017 at the East Valley Animal Shelter. I had seen 8 dogs before her, all pits, all 5 years and older. She was the only female. She came into the enclosure, paced a few circles then bam, sat directly next to me. I didn’t grow up with dogs, but I knew a deep connection when I felt it. Her name was Rosie, but she looked just like a Frankie to me. It was that day I knew she was mine. She had a crazy skin infection on her belly, so swollen and oozed they couldn’t even tell if she was spayed. I wanted all of her, the skin issues, the timid vibes, she looked at me, and I could tell she felt the connection too. On the drive home, she was panicking in the front seat, as time went by she slowly relaxed. Finally, at the light before my place, she took a big sigh, she looked at me, licked my hand, and it seemed as if she realized she was finally safe.



The dog that blossomed in my care over the next year and some change is one of resilience and love. I never knew a love like this, a bond like this. It is as if her life before me didn’t exist. She overcame fear, got close to myself and others, and gave men a second chance. She grew to love playing fetch, toys that were hers and hers alone, many blankets to nest in, and extra large beds to dream upon. She knows me just by looking at me, her ability to see other’s needs, go in for comfort, remain calm, and just be her beautiful quiet self. She is love, she is my best friend.

 
She visited my grandma in the assisted living facility, smashing stereotypes and she rubbed up against the elderly, kissing my young cousins faces at Christmas, and absolutely crushing it in the dog-friendly department at our local dog park. She truly is a great advocate for Pitbulls all around.


 
Fast forward to September 19th, 2018. Her skin had been improving significantly over time, on meds, off meds, continued medicated baths, she had turned a corner vastly regarding her health. I discovered a lump near her throat while petting her. Freaked out I turned to google. Freaked out even further I got off google. I made the next available appointment with our lovely vet Stephanie. At this appointment, Stephanie remarked at how incredible her skin looked, how we are making the impossible happen and how well she is healing. I was ecstatic, upon examining the lump, she stated it could just be a cold, but they were going to take a sample and send it to the lab to be safe.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, I got the call that the results indicated that the lump is lymphoma. All of the air left my body. My baby, I don’t understand. We made an appointment with the oncologist for Wednesday at 1 PM. 
 
 
The hours passed slowly, Frankie knew I was upset and was extra attentive as I lay on the bed. She cuddled up next to me, pressing her wet nose against my arm. She looked at me with those big eyes, it couldn’t possibly be her time. This is my girl, and I vow to help her the best I can.

 
The next day at the oncologist we spent over 6 hours there. We decided to pursue chemo after everything was considered. I can’t put a price on giving this girl a fighting chance. It was if as soon as that decision was made, Frankie knew. She looked at me with the most tender of stares, came over and nudged her head against me as I told our oncologist we were moving forward. 
 
 
What our oncologist advised was the full 26 weeks of chemo. That comes out to around $20,000. This doesn’t include all the weekly medicine, CBD, and other extras. :( When I first heard this number my heart sank. But I looked at Frankie and knew that her community and my community could come together and make a dent in this for the sake of her health. We are here to help her though and fight this for as long as she feels up to it. Who am I to tell her otherwise? When I rescued from the shelter l promised to make every moment the absolute best for her. Through sickness and in health, I can’t give up on my girl. I never had a dog growing up, she is my first dog and I would do ANYTHING to keep her comfortable and happy.I come here today humbled and grateful for all the kind wishes for Frankie’s recovery. If you can find it in your heart to donate, we appreciate you sincerely. If you can’t, please feel free to share. She deserves all the help she can get, if she wants to be here, you can be sure I’ll move mountains to make that happen. Thank you so much for your time.

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As of yesterday, Frankie’s lab results came back looking great. We were given the green light to continue chemotherapy! She has been eating, peeing, & pooping at a normal rate. She even seems to have more energy than usual. These are all good signs that she is putting up the good fight.

I am so thankful for each day I get to spend with her. The way she looks at me is so hard to put into words. She has this ability to read me and know what kind of attention I need from her. I am so grateful for that type of connection. She sits and sleeps next to me on my bed as I type this, quiet, peaceful, and so content. I hope it is always this way for her.

Couple special mentions here. I’d like to personally thank Amanda for sending us the hemp oil from Holistic hound, Brooke for the CBD, Chelsea for the toy and the water-soluble CBD, and Mikey for all the in-depth discussions and advice regarding her gut health.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to my stories, ask how she is, or just offer your support. I can’t even begin to express my level of gratitude but please know I wake up each day feeling so supported and I know Frankie feels that energy too.

Cheers to many more days with my cute lil cow lady.
Thanks Chelsea & Marty!
Thanks Amanda!
Thanks Brooke!
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Week 3 of Cancer with Frankie - We visited our oncologist at 1 PM, she remarked at how lovely Frankie looked, amid the weight loss, her energy is up, and she seems to be acting normal. When she was initially tested to see what stage the Lymphoma was at, she had swollen lymph nodes in her throat, chest, & behind both hind legs. We have great news! These have shrunk SIGNIFICANTLY to the point where you can’t even feel them. I think this is a combination of chemo, hemp oil, mushroom powder, good food, and lots of love.

I am doing my best to stay realistic to what the cancer is capable of but having these positive visits are so soothing to me. I didn’t want to get my hopes up, but Dr. Tan confirmed that this is a sign that the chemotherapy is doing its job and she is reaping the benefits. !!! Her calcium levels were high when she initially got checked, today they had lowered to a more normal level, this too is a great sign!

Unfortunately through further blood testing today we could not proceed with the 3rd chemotherapy session. Frankie had an abnormally low white blood cell count, this is typical in dogs with cancer, but if it drops too low, you can’t attack the system with the chemo. :( Instead today she got antibiotics and a bone marrow booster shot. Dr. Tan said that this often happens with chemo and some dogs can become very sick. Being sick during chemotherapy is quite dangerous because their immune system is already working on overdrive. She said we caught this sickness right in time before it really began. The next days will be touch and go as she adjusts to the powerful antibiotics in addition to the 6 she was already taking. She has been handling all chemo and medicine incredibly well so far, so I am hoping to continue this good streak. Please continue to send your good energy and keep us in your thoughts as we fight this out. We are not out of the woods yet, I need to keep a close eye on her for the next week to ensure her system is handling the antibiotics well.

Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, & good vibes. I can’t believe this has grown to be such a big fund. Genuinely restoring my faith in humanity and community. :’) Please continue to share and donate if you can, Frankie and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Frankie and all her meds.
Med organization, 6 days at a time.
My happy blem blem girl. ❤️
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I can't thank everyone enough for their generosity and kindness. Whether it be donation or sharing this GoFundMe, it means the world to me knowing my girl and I have so much support. Thank you. ❤️

Frankie's spirits are high, she is eating well and showing minimal side effects of the chemo. We've had two sessions so far and the oncologist is very pleased with how she is handling the chemotherapy. She loves visiting the office and says hi to all the vet techs.

We are continuing chemotherapy as long as she feels up to it. I am hoping we can miraculously push this cancer into remission.

She's still enjoying walks, fetch, and newly added cooked chicken to entice her to eat more food. We're on a great CBD & mushroom powder regimine in addition to all the chemo take home medicine the doc prescribed.

This is her currently sleeping beside me.
Snuggles after dinner.
This morning after breakfast.
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