Dog Jorja Has Lymphoma

Dog Jorja Has Lymphoma

by Caz Hardman
(Hayle, Cornwall, UK)

Jorja March 2013

Jorja March 2013

Jorja was confirmed as having intermediate grade lymphoma Monday just gone. She is 8 years old.

She had been on steroids for the week prior to confirmation and has been full of life.

We have decided to not go down the chemo/radiotherapy route for her sake.

I am studying all of the internet for alternative treatment, and I am frantically trying to get hold of flax oil, Essiac, and other items mentioned as holistic.

Jorja today has been off the steroids for 3 days now and today is the first day she is telling me that she is feeling unwell.

I have been feeding her raw mince for the last 3 days, that I get from my local butchers which up till today she has wolfed down. She has not touched her dinner tonight and is just lying down looking very sad.

I have managed today to get some Essiac Tea which I have to boil/cook tonight so she can have some tomorrow.

I am beside myself at the moment and wish I could take all the badness from her into me. That's what 'mummies' do, isn't it?

It is good to put this down on screen and to share my deepest hurting feelings.

Thank you.

(Submitted Thursday, August 15, 2013)

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Aug 19, 2013
So sorry to hear about Jorja
by: David


Am so very sorry to hear that Jorja has lymphoma.

I don't have any advice to offer I'm afraid - only the benefit of my own experiences with Spike, our German Shepherd, who I lost to acute myoloid leakaemia 10 days ago.

Whilst the pain of that loss is still very very raw, one thing that does give me personally a small crumb of comfort is knowing that I did the best thing for Spike, which was to ensure that he did not suffer. We found a referral to a canine oncologist was very, very worthwhile, not that it changed the outcome at all, but it did help clarify what we were dealing with, ensure that the treatment options were fully explored and that we made an informed decision that we can be confident was the right one for our situation. We too decided not to treat Spike because the treatment plan was too invasive. For me the time between diagnosis and making the toughest decision I've ever faced was very short - just 5 days, but Spike had a very aggressive illness, so please don't think I'm hinting that you will face the same timescales or outcome.

I really hope that you and Jorja enjoy many more days together.

With very best wishes,

Aug 16, 2013
Sent with love
by: Elaine Derbyshire

Hi so very sorry to hear that your baby is facing cancer.

I myself have had several dogs with the dreaded c.
Whatever path you choose we are all here to support you, there is no right or wrong way and no one judges. Just wanted to let you know that.
My heart breaks for you.

I lost my Spike nearly six weeks ago - he survived thyroid cancer but nine months later I had to cross him to the bridge with spinal issues as his pain was too great and was unable suddenly to move. My prayers are with you as you face this difficult journey. Please give you baby a gentle kiss from me.

Love and hugs to you all
Elaine and Hazy
Angels Sonny, Thorn, Benji and Spike

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