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

Happy TWO YEAR ampuversary Jill!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 10:31 am on Friday, December 12, 2014

Two years.  There are so many words I can use to express how I feel when I type those words, but none of them adequate enough to really explain it.  Overjoyed, thankful, elated…the list can go on and on.  What I really feel is just an overall feeling of peacefulness and sense of pride that we’ve gotten to this place.

Being completely, totally, brutally honest, I NEVER in my wildest dreams would have predicted this outcome.  I hate to say that outloud.  But it’s the truth.  And while this journey has brought us to this wonderful moment, it was a journey filled with moments of fear and doubt.  You hear the diagnosis: Cancer.  What???  How can that be?  Then you get the treatment plan: Amputation and Chemotherapy.  Then you think (or at least I did) – will the cancer kill her or will the immobility do her in?  But then the panic subsides, and you look at that little face that has entrusted you with their life and you decide to fight.  And fight we did.  I made the decisions for her, but she put up the fight.

Now two years later, she is so happy, so healthy.  If I didn’t go through it with her, I would never believe this kitty ever had cancer.  She’s getting a little pudgy, weighing in at just under 12 lbs.  I looked back today at her records from day of surgery and she was 10.75.  To me, that’s a nice healthy sign 🙂

My little baby girl – you had a whole team behind you of wonderful vets and family….but you did this.  You got yourself here.  I am so happy I still get to snuggle up to you everynight and morning.  You are the most sweet, loving little being and it makes me such a proud Mom to see you so happy and healthy today, just enjoying your life snuggling with me and begging for treats.

I love you little girl.  Thank you for teaching me so much about love and strength.







3 days after amputation:




December 12, 2014 @ 10:41 am   Reply

You know I am grinning from ear to ear to ear to ear… if I had 4 ears!!!

Such a proud momemt… an exciting moment… an overwhelming moment when you feel that you heart could burst from the pride of being able to yell at the top of your lungs that Jilly Bean has BEAT CANCER’S ASS AND KICKED THAT EFFING DISEASE TO THE CURB!!!!

Giver her a snuggle from me…..

Christine… with Franklin in her heart♥


December 12, 2014 @ 11:02 am   Reply

I am so happy for you guys. I am so proud & glad you guys have made it this far. Yay Jill for kicking that “c” to the ground & stomping on it with your 3 legs. Way to go

Michelle & Angel Sassy


December 12, 2014 @ 3:10 pm   Reply

It’s a SUPER DAY for a SUPER GIRL and her mommy and bruddah. YAAAY JILL!!!! A big, big congratulations!

There have been so many ups and downs in your journey, and each time you handled it like the champ that you are. We look at you and are thrilled by how far you’ve come, and are so happy that you’ve shared all of that journey with the world. By doing so, you have touched thousands of people who would otherwise forget about amputation as an option. You show people that it IS possible to have a great life on three as a kitty, and you BEAT CANCER while doing it! It doesn’t get any better than that Jill, you are a role model for every kitty facing this situation.

Erica, thank you so much for all you do to help people get through this very tough situation. You have changed a lot of lives and helped so many, your heart is as big as Jill’s, she has taught you well.

And Jack, oh Jack! You always know how to make us smile with your laid back attitude toward life. Forget “Be More Dog.” I say “Be More Jack”!!!

Love you guys!!!

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