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A time of Thanksgiving

December5

I am Thankful for…

This Thanksgiving the sentiment and true significance of the word itself strongly resonated within me. I was flooded with gratitude that we are blessed to still have Bruno in our lives and for all moments, both those good and perilous, which we have together. Leading up to Thanksgiving Bruno had just had one complication after another and our last trip to OSU,in September, had brought with it disheartening news that the cancer had spread to his lymphatic system with a mass visible on his spleen. Not what I had wanted to hear. We have since restarted chemo although I am truly at odds with what to do next.

I know that my life will never be the same the day in which he physically leaves my side and I shudder at the mere thought of it. However, Thanksgiving gave me a time to reset my thinking and offered up a more positive mindset for me to go forth in.

This Thanksgiving I say, “Thank You.” Thank you to: Bruno and Daphne (my heart companions who are with me 24/7 and make my life full), for their four boys: Vinnie, Lightning, Lincoln, & Frankie, to the many vets and Drs. whom have tried their best and given us options and countless treatments, for my family who always keeps us in their thoughts and prayers, for my best girlfriend, Maria, who always lends a shoulder and ear, for the Tripawd community’s support and outreach. But… most of all ‘”Thank you”so very much to my husband, Jeremy. It is because of his love, support, and financial backing that Bruno has never been without. He knows and understands what that boy means to me, and has never waivered in his support.

Our Thanksiving:

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Bruno & Daphne partaking in their Thanksgiving meal.

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Walking it off in the backyard.

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“A time of Thanksgiving”

  1. December 3rd, 2012 at 1:04 am      Reply CB Says:

    I am fortunate to claim Bruno as my grand-dog. Bruno’s sweet demeanor always puts me in a great mood. I soon find myself talking to him as he looks on while I cook. Bruno and Daphne are such an important part of our lives. I love you Bruno!


  2. December 6th, 2012 at 4:49 am      Reply princess Says:

    The support of an understanding partner is so crucial in this journey. I was fortunate that my husband never questioned the medical bills. Magnum was family and you did what you could for family.

    I’m sorry that the cancer has spread. It’s so hard to know what to do and impossible to know how long you have left together when you hit that stage.

    Using Thanksgiving to recharge your mindset is an excellent idea. There will be plenty of time later to be sad. For now, enjoy each and every precious day with Bruno.

    I love the photos. He is very photogenic!

    Karen and Spirit Magnum


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Introducing:  “The Incredible” Bruiser Bruno

 

 

 

Who:  The Incredible, Brave, Head-Strong, Bully, Sun-Worshipper.

The lover of: Pizza, LMN (yes, as in Lifetime Movie Network), and long afternoon drives down country roads.

Who?

None other than–MY Bruno.

Breed:  American Bulldog

Date of Birth:  January 1, 2005 (7yrs old)

Strengths:   His ability to ask for forgiveness (as he extends his paw-gesturing for a handshake) after he has been ornery, his quiet strength & laid back demeanor, how he has faced adversity time and time again head on.  How he calls on the fighter within him to help him battle illness, when in reality he is nothing but a lover.

Vices: His love affair with food.

Main weaknesses:  PIZZA, Blue Bell Ice Cream- Homemade Vanilla (“The best ice cream in the country!” according to Bruno), any and all of mom’s homemade cooking.

His Current Adversary:  Histiocytic Synovial Cell Sarcoma

                         

*9/8/11- This marked the day that Jeremy, my husband, Bruno, and I were handed the news.  The news that was not only not good news, but that was news which we had clearly not prepared ourselves to entertain.  Lab results, which had been sent to Florida by our local vet, of the biopsy which they had taken from his knee joint identified his condition.  The diagnosis was: synovial cell sarcoma.  All I heard was the word “CANCER.”

 

Timeline/Back-story leading up to diagnosis:  Coming Soon.

To be Continued…And so, the saga began.