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

Hoppy ONE YEAR Ampuversary Jill!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 10:22 am on Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Words are escaping me right now.  I’ve been thinking long and hard about this past year.  How do I put into words all the emotions I’ve felt over the last 365 days that are culminating in this one happy moment?  So many moments of fear, sadness, relief, joy and those are just to name a few.  We often call this journey a roller coaster ride and there really is no better way to describe it.  One year ago right now, I was on the way up, feeling the anticipation of what was to come.  Waiting for the phone call from Jill’s surgeon that she was out of surgery.  Eight hours later, I was zooming down, feeling the joy of the ride, when I visited her in the hospital and seeing with my very own eyes that she was Okay.

Up and down I would go for 12 months.  Easy recovery, Starting Chemotherapy, Low Neutrophil counts, No visible side effects from chemo, Mysterious peeing outside the litter box, Mysterious coughing fits, Mysterious weight loss and then gaining the weight back and X-Rays galore.   It was all one long, hard ride that got us here.  Here.  12 months later.  365 days later.  One year and I can type something I’ve been hoping I would be able to say since December 12, 2012, Jill has been CANCER FREE for ONE WHOLE YEAR.

There are so many people I have to thank for helping me and Jill get to this point.  Her wonderful Vet at Lincoln Square Vets, Dr. Tan and her amazing and talented Oncologists at The Animal Medical Center, Dr. Hohenhaus and Dr. Tegtmeyer.  Everyone here at  If it were not for this community, I would have been lost.  But most of all, my parents, Jill’s grandparents.  Their love and support has carried us through from day one.

My Jilly, I never in a million years thought I could love you anymore than I did the day I brought you home 9 years ago when you were 8 weeks old.  You have been such a little lovebug full of strength, resilience and courage this past year and never gave up.  Your first night home after your surgery, you only wanted to be up on the bed with me.  Every visit to the vet, you had hugs for everyone. After every chemo session, you didn’t feel like being left alone, you just wanted to your tummy rubbed.  And those will be the memories I will keep with me forever.  I love you little Jilly and am so proud of you.

Now onto the fun stuff.  I made the following video as a tribute to Jill’s prizewinning fight she has put up this year.  I hope you enjoy!

And here are some pictures….now, I don’t know what got into Jill and her brudda, but they were really not being their usual cooperative selves for this photo shoot.  Most likely, they’ve just had 365 days worth of ENOUGH ALREADY with me dressing them up 🙂

Jill deserved to be dressed up as a princess today – but um…I don’t think she was enjoying it very much:

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My Super Girl:


Jack got to wear a Bow Tie for the occasion:

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And finally, my princess in what she considers her princess pose….all is right with the world.

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December 12, 2013 @ 10:38 am   Reply

Yay Jill. I am so happy you get to celebrate this wonderful day. YOU ARE A SURVIVOR and we all love you for it. Keep fighting baby girl. You are doing a wonderful job of it. I love the pictures and you are so adorable. Sassy’s is watching over you our little chemo buddy. Hugs and loves from all of us here. Don’t eat too many treats 😉

Michelle, Angel Sassy, Bosch, Snickers & Jasmine


December 12, 2013 @ 10:42 am   Reply

What a year. Happy Anniversary from all of us!!!


December 12, 2013 @ 11:02 am   Reply

Jilly – I am so happy to see this post, so glad that we crossed eachother’s paths a year ago, so thankful for the tripawds community, so amazingly proud of Jilly (and mommy of course) and just.. well, just SO. 😀 Happy ampuversary baby girl – I hope you and Jack have a blast today (dress up and all), and I’m already looking forward to your next Ampuversary!

Lots of snuggles and love to you both! 😀

– Fang and Chantal


December 12, 2013 @ 12:29 pm   Reply

Jill, you are so AWESOME! Congrats on making it this far. You have obviously proven that cancer will not drag you down. Keep it up young girl! YOU ROCK!


December 12, 2013 @ 2:42 pm   Reply

We love you, Jill and Erica! Thanks for being so inspiring, helpful and adorable!

Looking forward sharing many more ampuversaries with you!

Mica, Zeus and Angel Roxy.


December 12, 2013 @ 3:09 pm   Reply

LOVE IT!!!! Jill, you are the toughest, prettiest, coolest princess EVER! Congratulations on making it to one year, I have a strong suspicion that you’re going to have LOTS more of these yearly ampuversaries because you are so strong and resilient.

And you know what? YOU are too Erica! You are so much stronger than you ever thought possible dontcha think? After being there through thick and thin for Jill, her courage while facing such obstacles is obviously contagious: now you have the eye of the tiger too!

And also we want to thank YOU for always being such a big contributor to Tripawds. You always put others’ needs first over your own, and continuously show up to help folks when they are having hard times despite dealing with your own roller coaster ride. That speaks volumes about your generosity, we feel so fortunate to be the recipient of your kindness. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

   The Island Cats

December 12, 2013 @ 7:22 pm   Reply

Yay! We like the Superman outfit the best. 🙂


December 12, 2013 @ 8:12 pm   Reply

A Jackson’s twin: CONGRATS! We’re both so thrilled, so honored, so lucky to have you fighting this match with us. It’s HUGE! It’s a HUGE HUGE day! OMG! Jilly Bean, we’re so proud of you and your mom. Keep it up, little lady. We love you!
~ Katy & Jackson


December 12, 2013 @ 9:46 pm   Reply

Erica and Jill
Happy 1 yr and I believe their will be many more. Keep up the good fight!!
Penny, Blink and Spirit Maggie


December 12, 2013 @ 10:53 pm   Reply

Hoppy Hoppy Happy Happy!!!!!

Yay Jill – you are our hero plus you look great as both a princess and a super hero. Even Brudda is looking pretty darn sharp!

Celebrate your day!
Luanne and Spirit Shooter

   Codie Rae

December 13, 2013 @ 12:21 am   Reply

Yo my favorite Jilly Kat! Happy Hippy Hoppy Ampuversary Numbah One you tripawd warrior princess you! Way to kick cancer’s butt from here to the moon! Or maybe even to Pluto!

Me ‘n the Oaktown Pack are celebrating your big day in style tonight with some of our Auntie Carla’s special doggie crack treats. I hear she makes kitty crack too ;).

xoxox from all of us here in Oaktown,
CR and the OP


December 14, 2013 @ 10:49 pm   Reply

Feel the love Jilly! Roll arojnd in it, wallow in it, breathe it al in…you are our SUPER STAR KITTY!

If we have to be n this journey, we couln’t pick a better kitty to travel the road with.

The pictures today…..OMC!! The expressions are priceless, and speak volumes! Brudda, your displeasure with the bow tie is obvious, but you realy do look handsme! I think it’s rather slimming!

Jill, you are THE prettiest Princess in the land! Feminine, dainty and yeah, a little ticked off, but that’s okay! You are real Royalty around here!

Of course, you are happiest when stretched out on yor “fur” blankie with yor precious paws taking cemter stage.

The video! OMC! Your momma is e creative producer, director and writer all rolled into one! Sylvestor Stallone would be so proud! I love your boxig warm up moves AND outfit. Soooooo cute!

This site wouldn’t be the same withoutyou. If I have to be on this journe, I’m glad the timing meant we could be onit withyo two. You’ve enriched our lives and have certainly brought so much joh and so many laughs to us all.

And to Mom and Poppa Pepper, you can be so proud of the daughter you’ve raised! I’m sure she’s a reflection of all that’s good about you two. Baby Pepper is a very loving, funny, smart, caring soul with a lot of
inner sgrength. Thank you for bringingher i tothis world. It’s a better place because of her!

CONGRATULATIONS JILL! A miracle kitty giving so much hoe to all!


Salt and Happy Hannah

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