The results of Buddy's biopsy were returned today. He has gastric carcinoma. The Internist said that this type of cancer is typically very aggressive and metastasizes quickly unless it is caught in the early stages and the mass is completely removed. When asked if there was anything we might be able to do for Buddy at this stage, he said that we certainly could go for a consult with oncology, but he felt that there wouldn’t be much they could do for him at this point. He felt we were at the stage for providing palliative care. Tomorrow I'll talk to my vet and see what she recommends.
A patient in the office where I work was telling me not that long ago about a diagnosis she'd been given nearly two years ago that she was probably not going to live through the year. But her doctor told her to "take his words and throw them out the window because he wasn’t in charge! Her doctor said to "live life with joy, laughter and hope instead of under a cloud of fear and doom." He also said to her that "We all live in the ‘Circle of Life’. Don’t waste the ‘Life’ part!"
I remembered that advice this afternoon when I was out in the yard with Buddy and the other dogs.
Watching Buddy roll in the warm grass and soak up the afternoon sun, it occurred to me that dogs are perfect examples of that advice, aren't they?