My Beautiful Best Friend has Breast Cancer

My Beautiful Best Friend has Breast Cancer

by James Breedlove
(Chicago,il)


I am so sad; I am an average schmuck who has had the blessing of having my best friend Mia for 10 years.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 months ago. Three tumor removals later I was told I should have followed up with chemo after the first removal. I was never told that... now I don't know what to do. Radiation is 4-6k dollars which I dont have. I have spent 3k already not paying my bills charging on credit cards.

I am at my end, but I just cannot stop helping her. She is as full of life as she has always been. The cancer has not metastasized to other parts of her body (the lungs are clear) but the tumors keep coming back.

She is the love of my life. Does anyone have any information that can help me? She is everything to me and my mom - everything. I would do no less for her than any other family member.

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Feb 10, 2013
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Mia, a special place in your heart
by: Norm

Hi James,

I'm very sorry for your loss. Obviously Mia was and still is loved. You will never forget her and she will always have a special place in your heart.

I wrote to you Sept.09 2011 and told you about my beloved Bandit who I had to put down. She can never be replaced as she was her own dog. Now Keanna my Sheltie who is also her own dog has given me so much love and joy that I would never have believed it. I received her from Sheltie Rescue of British Columbia Canada on July 26 2011 after 9 mos. on the waiting list.

I wish you all the very best James.

Norm Langmaid
Kelowna B.C.
Canada

Feb 09, 2013
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My baby has died
by: james breedlove

I lost my baby girl on Oct 12 2012. She had a fever that wouldn't go down - my vets said it was a virus, nothing to worry about. We gave her meds still didn't go down and she wasn't eating much with the prednisone they gave her, but she was drinking a lot.

They finally did an x-ray and discovered her cancer had gone to her lung.

As I write this I can't even tell you how lost I am without her. They gave her 3 weeks to live, she made it to 4...

I just want everyone to know how strong and brave she was to the end. I had the vet come to our house to do what I had to do. The entire time I just held her head to mine and looked into her eyes and told her how proud I was of her and that "I got you, my baby... daddy has you, baby... I love you..." In the midst of chaos there was peace - just me and her oblivious to everything else. We just stared into each others' eyes saying goodbye until they closed..

I think about my baby every minute of every day. I see her when I am awake and she is in my dreams almost every night. I am having a hard time going on without her as hard as that is to believe. But it is true.

Apr 06, 2012
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Update on Mia
by: James Breedlove

I just wanted to give an up date on Mia it's been 5 months since I've had the last tumor #4 removed and so far my prayers have been answered. No new tumors and no other problems so far. I changed Mia's diet to salmon and sweet potatoes raw and dry and I give her an omega-3 supplement.

Mia is doing well and I am grateful for every day I have her happy and healthy. I kmow at any time that it can change but for now we are living and loving life.

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers and well wishes.

Sep 11, 2011
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Mia
by: Hazel, Site Editor

Hi, James,

So sorry about your Mia. However, don't despair - as suggested by some of our visitors here - please check with some vet clinics at universities and SPCA and so on to see if they can offer you any help.

Also, if you haven't already done so, read these pages: Dog Cancer Diet and Herbs for Cancer. As Norm said earlier, use herbs and supplements (e.g. ESSIAC tea) to strengthen Mia's immune system, and be sure to feed Mia a healthy diet. Also, many visitors have reported good results after giving their dogs the Budwig Diet (flaxseed oil and cottage cheese).

Be proactive and take control. There are things you can do to help Mia live longer and have a better quality of life.

Good luck.

Sep 10, 2011
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SPCA/ASPCA
by: Cent

Check with your local SPCA OR ASPCA, I called them a few months ago seeking low cost Vet treatment for my Beagle who was ill and I did not have the money to take her to the Vet. I was told that they have finanical assistance for major illness and that you have to complete an application. I think cancer and chemo treatment would be considered major illness. Please check them out.

All the best to you and Mia.

Sep 09, 2011
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Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers..
by: Anonymous

Have you tried some of the vet clinics at the universities? Sometimes they can help out with the cost by allowing up-and-coming vets hands on experience. Had a friend in Colorado with a horse that needed major medical; she was told by her vet would cost $6-8k... she got it done at the university for a little less than $2k and was able to make payments to them over time to pay for the bill; and her little guy came thru with flying colors. Just a thought that you might be looking into.

Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Sep 09, 2011
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Re: Mia
by: Norm

Hi James,

I'm very sorry to read about your best buddy Mia.

I am in the same boat. My 5 year old sheltie Keanna just had a breast tumor removed. And I had to put Bandit my border collie & best buddy for 12 years down Dec.2010 because of cancer.

But please take note: I looked up the cancer & treatment on this site and I am sure that the treatments that I found kept Bandit alive and happy for another year. I am doing the same for Keanna who I just rescued 5 weeks ago...found the tumor when she was spayed.

Anyway what I am doing is following the recommendations on this site.

Keep Mia as healthy as possible using the herbs recommended. Boost her immune system with herbs, food etc. to fight the cancer & no chemo as it will weaken her immune system & hopefully the vet removed enough surrounding tissue.

All the best,
Norm
Kelowna B.C. Canada

Sep 09, 2011
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re:cancer
by: Anonymous

I don't know where my brain is but I see that your dog is 10 yrs old. Sorry to have asked in the previous response.

Sep 09, 2011
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re:cancer
by: Stephanie

I am so sorry to hear about your dog...our animals are like our children and I would do the same thing and that means spending lots of money to keep them healthy. I have to put a but in here - since chemo wasn't suggested to you from the beginning, it may be too late for that. Ask your vet how long the chemo would keep her alive. It may be better just to let her live her life out until it takes over and give her a good quality of life. Chemo wont do that for her.

I know losing your pet isn't easy. Depending on how old and the prognosis, you should seriously think about just leaving it alone. I sure do hope you survive through this tough time.

Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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