Matilda Has Completed Chemo!


I cannot believe it, but Matilda has completed the L-CHOP Chemotherapy Protocol Treatment for Lymphoma. She is in remission, and doing pretty well. I thought I would want to celebrate if we reached this day. Instead of losing her six months ago, her life has been extended, and is pretty good. Our neighbors saw her last night, and remembered when they had helped me get her back into the apartment when she had collapsed in front of the building and was diagnosed the next day. They were excited by how bright and alive her eyes are now, and how fast her tail was wagging, and that she was trying to get them to give her their food.

I am extremely thankful to have her still, and to see what a strong soul she is. She loves life, and struggles to hang in there even when not feeling that great. As soon as she feels well, she does her dancing around, flinging her long legs all about, nosing me and insisting on certain treats. Always, on our walks, she wants people on the sidewalk to pet her, and to hang out with whatever people and dogs are there. The sweetness of this 13 year old pup combined with the knowledge that she was put up for adoption from a divorcing couple when she was age eight make her my hero.

When she feels better from this last chemo, I want to do something special for her. Maybe I will invite her favorite people over, and we can all read to her and cuddle with her. She loves that!


11 thoughts on “Matilda Has Completed Chemo!

  1. houndstooth4 says:

    I’m so happy to hear that she’s made it to this fantastic milestone! Congratulations to both of you!

  2. Pam says:

    Congrats Matilda!! I’m so happy for you! And your Mom, of course! I’m thrilled that you’re doing so well! *does the happy dance* You tell your mom that you have earned all the special treats you can ask for. Who could resist that face anyway? I certainly couldn’t.
    Congratulations again! Many hugs!

    • cramercare says:

      She will be getting all the treats she wants. We are still facing some tough days ahead re: side effects from this last dose. Hopefully it will be ok. Generally, there is some stomach upset, with some days of not eating and feeling weak. Sometimes it starts 3-5 days after the chemo. When that is done, I will cheer!

  3. This is just wonderful news!! We are praying with all of our might that things will continue to go well! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  4. Congratulations, Matilda and Matilda’s mom! I know how upset my mom gets when I don’t feel well. She doesn’t even yell at me when I spit up, she just pets me and says, “Poor thing!” The cuddle party sounds great. I vote for that!

    • cramercare says:

      I have been barking at mom now for a few minutes because I want some treats. She will not get off the computer. She has promised me some good things though. Did you know that I get an extra dinner because I have to take some medicine with food, and she isn’t here at real dinner time! I think she wants to put a little weight on me too! Katya, get your mom to hold a cuddle party for you!

  5. Yea, Matilda! My mommy and I are so happy for you and your mom. This calls for a major celebration as soon as you are ready. Cheers!

    • cramercare says:

      Yes. I am very happy. I want mom to invite my favorite people over. I like to be on the couch earnestly listening to the conversation as if I am a person. I would like my chemo-buddy Coby the Golden Retriever to come too, but mom has to figure out how to get in touch with his parents. We will keep you current on everything. Of course, you are invited as well, but it might be a long trip for a party.

  6. Katelyn says:

    Yay…that’s good news!

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