I’m excited to share in a rather bittersweet way that my blog post When Your Dog Has Lymphoma is a finalist for the BlogPaws Nose to Nose Awards for best written blog post. It is bittersweet because obviously I wish I never had to write that post or the series that I have been building around it. At the same time, I know that it has been helpful to a number of people who came across it after their own dogs were diagnosed, and I hope it will continue to be a valuable resource for pet parents dealing with lymphoma.
My research into all things connected to the disease has also led to some recent good news. Yesterday, Ty took the first step in hopefully taking part in a study involving T-cell infusion by sending a blood sample and aspirate from a lymph node to Dr. Edmund Sullivan in Bellingham Washington to verify that he is eligible for the treatment. Of course nothing is certain, but T-cell infusion offers the possibility of a very long, or perhaps even permanent remission, and taking part will also help further data about the treatment. The Canine T Cell Project is working on making this groundbreaking therapy more widely available. I will be writing more on it in upcoming weeks and also will be doing fund raising for the Perseus Foundation, which is helping to provide funds for the study.
Ken and I will be traveling to the BlogPaws conference in Phoenix this June for the conference and awards ceremony. Last year I took Eve with me, but this year, since we are flying, the dogs will stay home. I don’t travel with Ty because, not only would he not enjoy it, he should not be exposed to other dogs when it can be avoided. Because of his lymphoma, he cannot be vaccinated, and getting ill could have bad consequences for him. So, the dogs will go to their favorite dog sitter’s house and I will “cheat” on them by loving up on all the dogs I see at the conference! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there!