Jill's Journey

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

Belle’s Visit!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 9:42 am on Monday, November 24, 2014

Jill Here!  Hi Everybuddy!  Well my friend Belle was here for a nice visit but now she had to go home to my Gramma and Grampa.  We had lots of fun.  We cuddled and chased each other.  We had one little mishap and Belle had to go for a Baf!  She got POOP all over her bum.  How gross?  She was so ashamed, so was crying and hiding and wouldnt even eat her treats.  So undignified.  I would never get poop on my bum!  But she came back from her baf with pretty bows in her hair and smelling all nice like.

We found out that Belle loves to eat cheese and really loves to eat gobble gobble.  But you CANT tell Gramma k?  Belle is not allowed to eat hooman food!!  But mom likes to give her some just as a little treat.  Just because maybe shes a little homesick you know?  Belle only likes to eat my food when shes here she doesnt like to eat her dog food, but its so silly because I like to eat her food!  Mom sez its ok because its only for  a few days.

Here are some pictures from Belle’s visit and a video of her playing.  Watch she gets sooo stracted, she tries to jump on me!







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An Ampuversary Surprise!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 2:55 pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jill Here.

Today is my 23 month ampuversary! Can you believe that? 23 months without my leg!? WOW time goes so fast when you’re a little kitty.  Mom sez to me on Monday night, “Jill a big surprise is coming just in time to celebrate your ampuversary”.  A big surprise!? I think….what can be bigger than brudda? Maybe a bag of treats so big I can dive into it?

No.  MY GRAMMA AND GRAMPA came to visit me and they brought my Belle!  Gramma and Grampa only came for just a little bit, but enough time to get some hugs and snuggles in BUT they left Belle at our partment and she is staying for TEN DAYS!  What a treat for my ampuversary!

Heres some pictures from our visit.









Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 4:24 pm on Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jill Here.

Brother is sickly!……but that’s not the worst part…..because he is sick WERE NOT ALLOWED ANY FOOD.  How is this fair?  I ask…HOW!?  The injustice of this.

Mommy brought him to the vests the other night because he had a tum tum ache.  He was puking everywhere he even got it ON ME.  Poor brother.  He is not used to going to the vests.  I am the usually the one to go which is why we have a pink girl case.  He wasn’t very happy about being in a GIRL case.


Anywhoo.  The vest says Jack has a tum tum ache and is not allowed food for 24 hours.  Which means I CANT HAVE FOOD.  Because fatty will FREAK OUT if I get food and he doesnt.  I guess its ok because when I had to fasted for my surgery he couldn’t have food either.  But.  Still.

I do feel bad.  You can tell Fatty doesnt feel good.  He’s all snuggly and clingly like with mom.  Usually I dont let him so close to mom at night when we go to bed but last night I decided I would let him be next to her on the pill pill.  Isn’t that nice that I figured out that he needed to be there instead of me?

Mom says to say not to worry, brother is going to be ok, as evidenced by the scale at the vest.  He is still steadily gaining weight not losing any.

Here is my poor brother looking all sadly like (probably just wanting some tention from mom).





A Letter to my Cat is HERE!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 10:57 am on Thursday, October 30, 2014

It really is true!  Jill is in a real life book!

I didn’t really believe it until I saw it with my very own eyes.  In July 2013, I got a phone call that the wonderful people putting together the book A Letter to my Cat read the letter I submitted online and wanted to come do a photo shoot with me and Jill.  I thought someone was playing a trick on me to be perfectly honest.  But it was true!  And now a little over a year later, my beautiful little one is along side celebrities and their kitties in this heartwarming book.

It is such a honor to be able to share Jill’s story.  To be able to show the world that a cancer diagnosis does not always mean the fight is over.  To be able to show the world that the word that once felt like a punch in the gut to me: “amputation”, does not mean the end of your kitty’s very happy life.  This all means the world to me.  I never thought in a million years when Jill was diagnosed with osteosarcoma over 2 years ago that we would be where we are today.  This fight has been hard.  It’s been emotional, trying and at times heart wrenching.  But it’s also been a lesson in strength, love and a reminder that every single day I have with Jill is a true gift!

Here are some photos of Jill at her photo shoot and checking herself out as a published kitty! (and some of Jack as well, can’t leave him out!)









Where's my book???

Where’s my book???

Am I famous too Mom???

Am I famous too Mom???

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And here sneak peak video of the book!  Jill and I are featured at 2:41:

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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.


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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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