My name is Jack, and this is my story.
Living with Canine Lymphoma
Jack was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on October 11, 2009. He completed his chemotherapy protocol on April 7, 2010, and celebrated his 1-year anniversary October 11, 2010. (Please see his blog (link on the left) and read about our experiences during that amazing year! We will continue to post on the blog occassionally... our last update was Wednesday, June 22, 2011.)
A few days later during a routine check-up, it was discovered that Jack's lymphoma had returned and he was no longer in remission. His vets speculated he's older than we thought - they estimated between 13 and 15 years old. We guessed him to be 12. At this age, and with all of his other ailments, we decided not to pursue additional chemotherapy. Although it gained us 13 wonderful months, it was hard on him and the remission rate is much less the second time around. Instead, we made sure Jack was as comfortable and happy as possible. Jack will always be a loved and cherished member of our family.
Jack left us on November 14, 2010, and we miss him terribly. His last 13 months were an incredible journey, and we are grateful to everyone who read our blog and took the journey with us. Jack's time with us is over, but he will be part of us for the rest of our lives. This was a difficult period of saying goodbye, but also an amazing time to help our dear friend prepare for his next journey.
Any prayers and positive thoughts you wish to send Jack's way will be most appreciated! He is a sweet and gentle soul with an amazing spirit
You can read about Jack as he travelled his greatest journey. We endeavored to post to Jack's Blog as often as we could to let everyone know how he was doing throughout his treatments, and just general dog stuff to which any dog caregiver can relate.
We will leave the past blog posts up indefinitely, and we will continue to post from time to time as things come along that we'd like to share.
Here was our original story of Jack's diagnosis when we started this webpage in October 2009:
"Jack and his caregivers Linda and John are using this Web site to tell Jack's story - and provide some comfort to other dogs and their caregivers as they fight cancer. Our first reaction was "Oh my! Jack is dying of lymphoma." But once we assembled our team of specialists (Oncologist, Cardiologist, DVM, etc.) and a treatment plan was developed, our perspective has changed to "Oh my! Jack is living with lymphoma." Our goal is to make sure that he has the highest possible quality of life, the best treatment protocols available, and that he is happy and comfortable living with us for as long as he's meant to be here."
There are a lot of really great references out there if you want to learn more about canine lymphoma
We created a Resources page with links to resources that have been helpful to us. Please take a look and let us know what you think.
We're also gathering together and scanning some of our favorite photos of life with Jack. These appear in Jack's Photo Album, and we will be updating and adding new images as time permits. If you have a few minutes, take a look.