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An Ampuversary of a Different Sort……..

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 12:00 am on Thursday, June 27, 2013

One year ago today, June 27, 2012, I was sitting in my office, nervously waiting for the vet to call to tell me whether Jill’s lungs were clear and if they could proceed with the toe amputation.  I did not know at that moment, it would be the first of many times during the next 12 months I would be waiting for the “all clear”, all I remember is sitting at my desk, staring at my computer screen in a full daze.  I got the phone call around lunch time and off she went into surgery to get her little toe chopped right off.

So, today, we celebrate Jill’s ONE YEAR TOE AMPUVERSARY!!  It may seem silly to celebrate this, however, as we all know, Jill’s osteosarcoma journey has taken quite a different route than most cases.  When most celebrate their leg ampuversaries, we often think it’s how long they’ve been battling this nasty disease, however, Jill didn’t have her leg amputated until 6 months later.  So I officially look at June 27th as the day Jill started her fight, thus she has now been fighting and BEATING Osteosarcoma for ONE YEAR.

It’s been a roller coaster ride, for sure.  A ride filled with tears, laughter, paranoia and love.  So to celebrate Jill and how tough of a little diva she is, I’ve put together this video montage set to tune of two of the greatest divas of all time.  I hope you enjoy, make sure your volume is on! 🙂

Some pictures from June 27, 2012 and the week after and present day:








June 27, 2013 @ 12:12 am   Reply

Jilly – You are the ultimate Survivor!!! Happy one year!



June 27, 2013 @ 1:02 am   Reply


And also… Jill is SO laid back! lol! I am fairly certain if I tried to do the disco with Fang I would surely leave with a face full of scratches. 😛

Happy one year Jilly! Keep kicking Osteosarcoma butt!



June 27, 2013 @ 1:09 am   Reply

ERICA! ERICA! I’M iin a joyous puddle of tears!! My heart is racing o fast from just sheer happiness and completely excited for Jill’s continued victories!!

When she “willed” herself o jump up on tat bed….OMC…. I nearly broke my computer jumping up yelling “YES! YOU DID IT! my bowl of ice cream that you suggested as therapy tumble to the floor for Hannah’s eating pkeasure,!

Erica, I’m just over the moi. with your never ending creative ways to celebrate Jill’s I aspiring journey! The outfits are always spot on, the captains clever beyond d words…and the love is immense and eternal

I’m sorry any of us have to be on this site…..but….if we have to’s soul’s like you and Jill who make it bearable, uplifting and fun! Fun in a way no others could understand.

Your brilliance shi es through in so many ways and your love and devotion to Jill is above reproach.
Hank you for such a glorious “movie night”. A movie that I spires us all to keep on surviving!

Was it Gloria Gaynor who Sang that? You need to get her a copy. Bet she’s send Jill a do action and autographed ALVUM! Yes, ALBUM! It’s a pretty old song…..and you aren’t!!

Jill’s rythym and dance moves were very well choreographed by the way! Those little kitth paws didn’t miss a beat!!

Thank for for Shari g such a joyful and upbeat video. It should be tripawds anthem with Jill as the conductor!

We all love you both so much!
Dancing over here!

hard to pick a favorite “scene”—–but Jill’s determination to jump up on your/her bed was a two box Kleenex scene! YAY JILL”

With joy and love in our hearts!

SALT and Happy Hannah



June 27, 2013 @ 2:04 am   Reply

Jill, you are the most awsomest cat ever (don’t tell Jack, Mathilde or Morrigan I said that).



June 27, 2013 @ 8:44 am   Reply

Jill you are such a Princess Warrior. Keep on kicking butt. Before you know it we will be celebrating that big one for the leg. Hoppy Ampuversary. Loved the video.


Michelle & Sassy



June 27, 2013 @ 11:42 am   Reply

Hoppy ToePuVersary Jill, you are one brave and strong kitty. It’s a bummer that your life took this turn but what GIFTS you have brought to so many. Cancer sucks but you have turned it into a treasure of love and support for many, many people here.

May you have lots and lots of toe and ampuversaries forever and ever. We love you!



June 27, 2013 @ 12:20 pm   Reply

Happy Toepuversary Jill!

I love your video, it made me all teary. You are so inspirational and I’m glad Roxy and I got the chance to “meet” you and your mommy.

Stay strong girl, keep kicking this nasty disease’s butt!



June 27, 2013 @ 1:40 pm   Reply

WOW!! yay Jill!!! congratulations! The video is amazing11 I’m inspired to steal this song to celebrate Eddie’s this time next year. I’m so happy for you and your kitty!! Tripaeds RULE!! :O)
Love from,
Krysti & Eddie



June 27, 2013 @ 3:53 pm   Reply

I’m SOO GLAD that everyone else got to see that AMAZEBALLS video now. It was really touching and got to catch me up a bit since I am new to the community.

You guys rock!

I’m a Survivor has been stuck in my head for the last few days though… Oh well

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