So, I took my dog to the vet today, and we found that the cancer he's been in remission from
since February '10 has come out of remission and the prognosis, while not definitive, is not good.
He's a three year old Maltese Poodle mix named Buckminster. He was born deaf and was diagnosed with colon cancer in Feb '10. I feel so bad for him. He's been treated and may go into remission again, but he may also suffer side effects that he will not be able to overcome. We're in a waiting game right now. The anticipation of the bad is really filling my mind right now. I don't want it to.
I want to have a good time with him and enjoy him, but I always have that knot in my stomach and the thoughts in the back of my head. Do you guys have any advice for coping with the anticipation? I know I am perfectly justified being disappointed with the prognosis and knowing that I will miss him, but I can't let the anticipation of "what might happen" enter the mix.
Anysuggestions or advice you can offer me is greatly appreciated
Man, that;s a bummer. I wish I had some advice for you, All I can really say cliched and trite, It sounds like you have done quite a bit for him already, which is awesome. I don't think there is anything you can do to get rid of the anticipation, I think it's part of being a pet parent. It's never easy, and I don't think it ever will be. I dread the day when I may have to say goodbye to either one of my boys, but I know it will have to be. Some years ago I had to say goodbye to my dog and it took me a really long time to get better, I know I will always miss him, but it was for the best, He couldn't hardly get up and around and I couldn't stand to see him suffer anymore, I was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make.
So, good luck and try not to dwell on it (I know, easier said than done),