Jill's Journey

Hopping her way towards a (hopefully) cancer free life three legs at a time

Happy Gotcha Day Jilly!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 12:19 pm on Friday, October 17, 2014

Ten years ago today I reluctantly went to meet a 7 week old kitten to see if I was interested in adopting her. I had been told by my mother’s friend (who had been fostering her and bottle raised her since she was 2 days old) that she was the sweetest kitty she had ever fostered.

I did not want another cat. Jack was PLENTY kitty for me and my 500 square foot apartment. But Jack was lonely. He was ripping out all the fur on his arms and the vet told me that he wanted a friend.

So off I went to Long Island to meet this little kitten who was named “Sweet Pea” on petfinder and, truth be told, didn’t look that cute in the one small picture they had of her on the website. But then, she was handed to me…..and the purring hasn’t stopped since. She curled right up and nuzzled right into my neck and gave me one of her hugs. She was home.

So thank you Jack for being a neurotic, anxious son of a……and thank you Jill for curing Jack of his anxiety (he stopped ripping out his fur almost immediately). Happy gotcha day Jill – thank you for loving me, thank you for letting me love you and take care of you.

Here is a picture of her sitting on my lap the day I got her and one of her and Jack about 2 weeks after.



Happy 22 Month Ampuversary Jill!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 11:06 am on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Today is 22 months since Jill’s leg was amputated!  She is just doing terrific and I can’t believe how the time has flown by.

This month brought wonderful news.  We went to the oncologist last week and got a great, clean bill of health.  Jill’s x-rays and blood work shows that she remains cancer free!

We also got the great news that Jill will be featured in the upcoming book A Letter To My Cat.  The book will be published on October 28th and we are just SO EXCITED! I can’t wait for the world to hear Jill’s story and see her beautiful little face.  I suppose I’ve now added “manager” and “publicist” along to my list of services I provide for little Jill amongst other things I was already: “Slave”, “Pillow”, “Feeder”, etc.

I am just so proud of my little girl.  I look back at the photos and videos from the day and week of her surgery sometimes and can’t believe she ever went through that.  She truly lives life to the fullest and is the happiest kitty I have ever seen.


Erica & Jill

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An early ampuversary celebration

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 3:10 pm on Friday, October 3, 2014

Hi all!

Jill’s 22 month ampuversary is not for another 9 days, but this morning she had her biannual check up at the oncologist for chest x-rays and blood work.

Wonderful news – still cancer free!!!!!!!  Her x-ray was clear and bloodwork looked normal.  Her white blood cell count is low, but not dangerously, and we’ve come to learn that her WBC’s are always low.  The oncologist thinks it will always be that way from long term effects from the chemo.

Her oncologist is really happy with the way she looks (well mostly…I’ll get to that in a second) and we can now switch to just going in for her scans to once a year instead of twice!!  Yay Jilly.  I honestly dont know how or why I got so lucky that my little one is beating this, but the gratitude I feel for that sometimes overtakes me.

So the only slight problem…….shes getting fatter by the month!  She is up about half a pound since April.  Her weight would be ok if she were a four legged kitty, but on three legs, I definitely need to start watching this.  She definitely doesn’t over eat…….but Mommy might be overdoing it on the treats :/

So now we prepare for the big 2 year ampuversary!  Here are some pics and videos for your viewing pleasure :)

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Happy 21 Month Ampuversary Jill!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 10:21 pm on Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy 21 Month Ampuversary my little Jilly Bean!!!  This month bought great news – we were told that Jill will be in the book A Letter To My Cat (  The book will be published on October 28th and I can’t WAIT for everyone to see the beautiful pictures of my girl.  I hope it will bring a ton of awareness to Tripawds and bring hope to those who find themselves in the scary situation of having a pet diagnosed with cancer.

Please give all our kitties and puppies lots of love and treats today to celebrate Jill.  I didn’t get to celebrate much with her today since work is so busy, but busy season is almost over!!

Here is a picture for you all and a video of her trying to get an itch! (don’t worry I didn’t torture her, I got it for her after I filmed it ;))

xoxo always,

Erica & Jill

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Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 10:41 am on Monday, September 1, 2014

Today is Jill’s 10th birthday! Ten!? Where did the time go???  Isn’t she still a kitten!?

This is the third birthday we are celebrating since she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  I can’t tell you how lucky I feel that I am able to say that.  When she was diagnosed in June 2012, I didn’t even know if I would have one more birthday with her.  And now here we are.  She continues to amaze me each and every day, only ever whining for treats.

So today, everyone please give your doggies and kitties lots of extra love and treats in honor of Jill’s birthday!  I love you little one.  I count my blessings each and every day that I have more time with you, but especially on these days.

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Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 10:49 pm on Monday, August 11, 2014

Tomorrow (8/12) is Jill’s TWENTY MONTH ampuversary!  Twenty months cancer free!  I’m posting a little early and have been very absent as of late because it is my busy season at work and needed to take the few minutes I had to make this tribute to my little one.  It was exactly a year ago that I brought Jill to the vet and they weighed her and she had lost a ton of weight and I had to jet off to Boston for work worrying like crazy with terrible thoughts running through my mind.  Thankfully it was just a bad reaction to the metronomic chemo she was on and now she is happier and healthier than ever.

Don’t worry everyone, Jack is taking GREAT care of her while I’m working long hours as you can see from the video below.  And I will be back once recruiting season is over!!!


Erica & Jilly

Since I have been so absent, here’s a boatload of pics and a video

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Happy 19 month ampuversary Jill!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 9:55 pm on Saturday, July 12, 2014

Happy 19 month ampuversary to my Jilly girl!!  It’s so very hard to believe that 19 months ago Jill had her leg amputated and 2 years ago she was diagnoses with this awful disease.  But today she is doing so great.  She is doing far better than I EVER could have imagined.  I am so so thankful for that and I don’t take one single day that I have with her for granted.

Some pics from this past month and a video of her getting her ampuversary treats.

xoxo all – hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!!

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Happy TWO YEAR Toe Ampuversary Jill!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 11:16 am on Friday, June 27, 2014

Two years ago today Jill had her little toe amputated.  At the time, we knew it was some type of sarcoma since a needle aspirate was done, but nothing more than that.  A few days later the results would come in – Osteosarcoma – and over the next 6 months everything would change.

At first, we thought we got it all since the margins were really good.  But 6 months later, a lump appeared in her leg and unfortunately the cancer had spread.  Her leg would need to be amputated.

So while I can’t say Jill has been cancer free for 2 years, I can say she has been fighting like a true champion for 2 years.  I truly, honestly did not think I would be sitting here 2 years later with this outcome, as much as I hate to admit that.  When I got Jill’s diagnosis, right to google I went.  And the facts looked grim.  Albeit, most of what I found was not about Cats with osteosarcoma, my head was still in a tailspin.

Reflecting on where I was two years ago today, I can only say that I got my strength from my friends, this community, my parents and from Jill herself.  Never once did she falter.  Never once did it seem like she resented me.  I’ve questioned a lot of the decisions I’ve made for her, but now I know they were all the right ones.

So……Happy Two Year Toe Ampuversary my little sweet girl.  I love you so very much.

Here are some pictures and video from her toe amputation recovery and the survivor video I made for her last year on this date, enjoy!






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Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 10:59 am on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jill Here.

Hi Everybuddy!  Mom is too busy at work so she asked me to make a quick post.  Today is Belle’s THIRD birthday!  Yes she is growing up so fast, right before our very eyes!!!!  She is still visiting with us while Grandmaw and Grandpaw are on vacation but she has to leave this weekend :( But at least she is here to celebrate her birthday with us.  Maybe I will let her play with my tail today.  We will see.



Happy 18th Month Ampuversary Jill!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 1:45 pm on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Today is Jill’s 18 month ampuversary!!!!

It has been one crazy crazy month for me!  I started a new job two weeks ago and things have just been really insane.  But I am settling in quite nicely and loving it.  In a few weeks, we will celebrate TWO YEARS since Jill’s toe was amputated and she was diagnosed with Bone Cancer.  It is CRAZY how time has flown!  And since I have been so absent from Tripawds, I’ve included a bunch of pictures for you all for her ampuversary and a video of who I have left to babysit her while I’ve been away :)

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