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Samba The Brave: Our Kitty's Injection Site Sarcoma Story

cat goes through leg amputation after cancer

Samba The Brave: Our Kitty's Injection Site Sarcoma Story

The decision has been made.

August 6th, 2018 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

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Whew!  I spent ALL day (8:30 to 3) at the specialty clinic an hour from my home seeing the surgeon and oncologist, waiting for tests to be done, and waiting for the final discussion.  The surgeon and oncologist were able to jointly examine Samba while she was sedated for her ultrasound, which was very helpful.  Their exam was thorough enough to give them confidence about how to proceed.  They both agree upon amputation.  Before this exam under sedation, the surgeon thought that scar revision may be an option, but I am trusting and thankful that the plan was more clear after she got to really feel around in all dimensions around Samba’s cancer site.  She thinks it is far enough away from the chest wall that amputation has a good chance of cure.  Thankfully due to all your support, I was prepared to hear that and we were able to get surgery scheduled tomorrow!

While Samba has no idea that she has a life-changing event tomorrow, I feel I should do something ceremonious to say good-bye to her leg and send her off!  Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences on a pre-surgical ritual of some kind?  Not in a weird way, but rather to signify the event in time and make it as positive as possible?

Photo is of tiny baby Samba riding my horse.


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  • gebrown

    I forgot to mention! The surgeon’s plan on radiation is to hope for clear margins from the amputation, and avoid radiation if the margins look good.

  • Purrkins

    Great news you have a plan going forward on how to proceed, and they believe they can get clean margins with amputation. That’s the best news good chance for CURE! YES!!

    We will keep fingers and paws crossed for Samba clean margins and a smooth recovery.

    How about kissing the cancer goodbye & never seeing it again that is a celebration. A favorite meal before Samba is fasting for surgery? Not sure how much time you have. Go outside, get on the horse, Take pictures!
    Celebrate a new life for Samba hopping on cancer-free.

    Love your attitude keep that up you guys will sail thru recovery.

    P.S. You can go back in and edit your posts. Hit edit under the post, update to what you want to include or modify in the post and hit update on the right side. Hope that makes sense.

    Will be thinking of your both tomorrow update us when can please.

    Hugs & chin scratches to Samba
    Holly & Purrkins❤️

  • gebrown

    Those are all wonderful ideas! Thank you for your encouragement! I can really feel it!

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