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Jill's Journey

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


Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 10:08 am on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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This year, Thanksgiving happens to fall on the exact day that just two years ago I felt a hard marble sized lump in Jill’s leg.  I don’t like to dwell on dates, but I do know it was around Thanksgiving, because I had just celebrated being thankful for Jill surviving a scare earlier that year when she had her toe amputated and we all thought that good enough margins were achieved for her to have narrowly escaped the fight of her life.  So I went back to look at her records like I do sometimes when these days loom and saw that the date fell on 11/27/12 when I called her vet to bring her in for an aspirate.

After her toe was amputated and she was diagnosed with OSA I was told to watch for a limp.  She starts limping – bring her in!  I studied her walk, never took my eyes off her when she ran around.  No limp.  But on 11/27, I was petting away, she was purring away, happy, “healthy” as can be and the instant my hand felt that marble I knew.

We all know the story from there, so on this Thanksgiving I want to say thank you.  I’m not saying thank you to anyone in particular.  I’m not a spiritual or religious person.  So I’m just saying thank you out loud – giving thanks that  we are one of the lucky few who have made it this far.  So thank you.  Thank you universe.  When I look at her, all I know is I feel gratitude.  Gratitude that we’ve come this far with barely any hiccups.  Ok, a FEW hiccups – but nothing super significant.  Maybe I’m just thanking luck.  We all know with Osteosarcoma it’s a dice roll.  So thank you dice 🙂

And thank you to my Jill.  This weekend I had a terrible cold and you did not leave my side the entire time (picture below).  I hope I paid that back to you plenty when you didn’t feel well and I hope in your own little kitty way you understood that.  I love you.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone – THANK YOU for always being there for us.


Erica & Jill

Mommy doesn't feel well

Mommy doesn’t feel well



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November 26, 2014 @ 11:21 am   Reply

Yay Jill & Erica. Don’t ask me why but this brought tears to my eyes. I know how thankful you are. Hug & love on her as much as you can. Jill thank you for being such a big inspiration to all the kitties out there & for taking care of your mom.

Thank you for being there for us on our journey.

Michelle & Angel Sassy

   Marni Berse

November 26, 2014 @ 3:04 pm   Reply

Beautifully said!


November 26, 2014 @ 3:24 pm   Reply

Awwwwww. Thank you, indeed! Thank you. Thank YOU.
~ Katy & Jackson


November 26, 2014 @ 4:37 pm   Reply

Very lovely. What a beautiful kittie. Hope you’re feeling better! It’s hard to enjoy turkey when you’ve got a cold!



November 27, 2014 @ 12:14 am   Reply

And we are soooooo thankful for you both!!

Jill, you are the besst Nurse anyone could ever hope for! And yes Pepper, Jill knows you did an excellent job at being her caregiver/nurse!! I have some sort of flu crap goingnon and I feel better just looking at that tender picture of Jill huggingnyou!! Just love this cat…just love her!!

Lots of appreciation for you!

Salt and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

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