Bye-Bye to a Really Rough May


Ug. Life. It kinda through me for a loop in May. I’ll start from the beginning. The first week of May we found out our dog Fenway has cancer. That was a big blow because it turns out he has two tumors (one on each leg).

Things got worse. My aunt passed away unexpectedly. I’d been texting her about the dog’s cancer (she was an animal lover and worked at a humane society for awhile) and then the next day she was gone. Processing her passing has been tough.

Then I got sick. A stomach bug got me. Then I had a cold that lingered for two weeks.

So I’m happy it’s June!


We’re working on figuring out what to do about the dog’s treatment. It’s frustrating because they can’t stage the cancer until the tumors are out, but if we knew what stage cancer it was we could make a better decision about what to do. I mean, if he has stage four cancer, then we’d probably not go forward with expensive surgery. We’ve been quoted at different places ranging from $1,300 to $4,000 (we don’t have extra cash at the moment). Fenway is only six years old, but he is a big dog. He weighs between 80-90 lbs! He’s also a super happy guy — there’s no change in him at all.

My good friend Andrew Wilder at Eating Rules also is struggling with doggy cancer, too! This world is too cruel. At least we can support each other through this.

I’d appreciate any advice you have for me regarding doggy cancer. So my big exciting food humor endeavor has been put on hold. 🙁

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4 thoughts on “Bye-Bye to a Really Rough May”

  1. What a rough month. So sorry about your Aunt and Fenway.

    I hope you’re able to get the tumors removed soon — if nothing else, hopefully that will slow down the progression. And start making your boy some bone broth! (I’d also suggest reducing carbs for him — apparently tumors like carbs… for the past couple of months we’ve been feeding Molly ground pork + bone broth + organic pumpkin, and it seems to be working quite well…). Going grain-free for Molly has been a game-changer, too.

    Dr. Palmquist, our holistic vet, has been amazing — he has Molly on several different herbs (one for digestion, one to inhibit tumor growth, one to help reduce phlegm…as well as some Western meds to help with her digestion (metoclopramide, ondansetron, pepcid). Based on this experience, I’ve become a believer in using (combining?) both Eastern and Western medicine.

    We’re sending lots of love and healing energy your way! Please keep us posted!

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