Today we share our final “frameable” photo, this one of Sheba. I saved hers for today for a special reason.
Sheba is having surgery today to have a large lump removed from her side. Just three weeks ago she had a growth above her eye removed. The vet hoped this growth was nothing worrisome but felt that we needed to know for sure. At the same time she had two other lumps that he did a needle aspirate of. The hope was that they were both just lipomas (fatty tumors) and nothing to worry about. One had been there for a while, we had been keeping an eye on it, but recently it had seemed to get a bit larger. The other had seemingly come out of nowhere and was quite large (about the size of the palm of my hand).
The growth above her eye came back as benign, the smaller lump came back as a lipoma, but the larger one came back with questionable results, and the possibility that it could be a spindle cell sarcoma or a benign tumor. The best way to find out for sure is to remove it. If it is cancer, it is most likely contained, so they need to remove the whole thing with “clean margins”.
Our vet tech assured me that we did not need to panic over this. I tried to resist doing too much internet research until we know more. What I did find seemed mildly reassuring….most of the time these tumors are contained and don’t need further treatment. Right now I want to focus on getting her through the surgery and recovery, which will be tough enough. She and Luke will have to be separated most likely, and they won’t be happy about that!
We’ll hope and pray it is not cancer, knowing that even if it is, removal will hopefully be the end of it. I am trying not to worry too much, though losing her brother to cancer is hard to get off my mind. So I needed to share and ask for warm and positive thoughts and prayers for our sweet girl.
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