Sunday, 17 February 2013

Bad News

A couple of unfortunate events have taken place over the past few weeks.

First of all, my mother was diagnosed with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, which is a very rare and aggressive type of cancer.

As I began to come to terms with my mother’s illness, I received another piece of devastating news. Homer has been diagnosed as having Mast Cell Tumors on his skin.

Boy, it feels like my world has begun to crumble.

So, please excuse me if I haven’t been visiting your blogs. I’m sure you will understand.


The Missus


Mitch and Molly said...

We're sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers for your mom and for Homer.

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Sam said...

We are sending hugs and love. I wish we were closer, but if you need anything, please let us know and we will try our best to help.

Sam's Mom, Christine

Sammie and Avalon said...

Oh noooo - so sorry to read about these awful sicknesses in your human and golden family. We are thinking of you lots and send prayers and hugs with positive thoughts your way.
Sammie, Avalon and Mom

Elaine Pritchard said...

So very sorry to hear your bad news. Sending love and positive thoughts your way.


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We'll be keeping all of you in our thoughts -

We can't help from 'here' but you'll have a worldwide support net -

Khyra and Phyll

The Thundering Herd said...

Oh, Homer, we are so sorry to hear of all of the challenges. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Golden Sad to read this. Sending you Lots of Golden Prayers and Golden LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Crikit, Sparky, Ginger! said...

sending love and prayers

Crikit Angel-Sparky and Ginger

Lorenza said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mom and Homer.
I am far away from you but my heart is right there with you all.
Paws crossed here for them.
Take care

Scout and Freyja said...

I have absolutely no words to give to you to ease your pain, which must be immense. Don't worry about visiting blogs but please DO keep us informed about both your mother and Homer. I will keep you, and all those you love, close to my heart in prayer.

River said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Homer has MCT although it is not necessarily a death sentence. River had an MCT tumor removed 2years ago and is cancer free right now. The pattern of the cancer seems to be that it might come back so I check him everyday. You can get a lot of good info and support from the Yahoo group Canine_Mast_Cell_Tumor. Treatments include minimal (benedryl/prednisone/pepcid) to max surgery/chemo. I've used them all. If you would like to talk outside the group please contact me at The amount of info to go through for this cancer is staggering, overwhelming. The main thing about this cancer is that it releases histamines into the body. You must touch the tumor as little as possible because that releases more histamines. Anyway, I truly wish you the best. There is hope.
Stephanie, River the beagle's mom

Angel Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Oh, Vanessa, I am so sorry to hear about all of your bad news. We will keep your mother and Homer in our prayers.

Heidi, Daisy's Mom.

Jake of Florida said...

Sending you love to help with this double whammy of a situation.! Also tons of wirey zen, the powerful kind!

Jake and Just Harry and Joan

What Remains Now said...

I'm so sorry to hear all this. You have some trying times ahead. Please know that I will think of you and hope for the best. So, so sorry.

Sheila and Bob said...

We are so sorry to hear this news, we will keep your Mom and Homer in our prayers.

Sheila & Bob
Hamish & Emma

Pei In The Life said...

Sending Pei-Vibes to help everyone get better.

Chingmy Kisses!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are so very sorry to hear of your mother's illness and now with Homer too. We will cross all our paws and say some prayers that both will be doing better.

Hugs and Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Anonymous said...

oh no! Please know we are thinking about you!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ .·´ ¸Dear Missus, to tell you how sorry I am to hear the news doesn't begin to express it--But I truly am. Please know that from my corner here in Virginia that I am sending love and lots of prayers for health, healing and comfort. Take care, and know that I'm thinking of you all.

MurphyDog said...

oh gosh. Talk about being hit while you are down.

Me & Mom are so sorry for both sets of bad news. Hopefully, with all the advances in cancer treatments lately, both your Mom & Homer will be able to fight these terrible sickies.

We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers & sending lots of good vibes your way.

wags, wiggles & slobbers

Anonymous said...

Just rotten news. So sorry to hear about your Mom and Homer. Sending you lots of pawsitive vibes and love.

The Roo Family

Jeanne Pursell said...

I am so very sorry to hear this news. Please know that our prayers are with you during this difficult time. xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Ruby said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about all the evil 'C' happening. I'll be keepin' my paws crossed for you and your Grandma!

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you guys today. Sending you lots of love.

My Life in Blog Years said...

So sorry to hear about this unfortunate news. You both are in our thoughts.

Kari in Alaska said...

We are sending you all our love

Stop on by for a visit

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your family. I can only hope that this message brings you at least a small piece of the happiness that your blog has given me for two years. I'm rooting for you.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Homer's Mum, we're sorry we're late to hear this news but you are in our thoughts and we have fingers and paws crossed for your mum and Homer. Gentle hugs to you all. Love Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Our thoughts and pryers are with you

The Life of Riley said...

Only reading this now as we have been away on holiday. Our thoughts are with you all.

Sending you lots of love,
Riley, Enzo and their his human (from New Zealand)

blues said...

lots of positive thoughts

Karen said...

My prayers are with you, for your mom and Homer. Im so sad to hear this news.
My golden, Penny, had mast cell at age 6.
Im in michigan and she received treatment here, but we also consulted with Dr Cheryl London, an authority on mast cell tumor at Ohio State College of Veterinary Med. She was incredibly generous with her time and knowledge, by phone and email.
i hope Homer's diagnosis is low grade.
This is an incredibly challanging time for your family.,
Ive traveled a similar path with my
Mom and with Penny, but not simultaneously, so I understand the huge stress, the need for information, and the daily
strength needed. I hope that this blog community can provide some of that strength for you.
Thoughts, love and prayers for good health, good days.


Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We are very sad to hear this news. We will be keeping our paws crossed for your mom and for Homer.

haopee said...

Wow, that is awful. And i thought my news was bad. I'm sorry to hear this.

I do hope Homer and your mom is alright. We saw your page in the POTP so we are sending you our POTPs for all of you, as well.

I don't know if it will make a difference, but please find the time to research about turmeric. It's a spice which can help prevent the spread of cancer. Rin is on Turmeric and the cyst in her eye has stopped growing.

Haopee of

Anonymous said...

We don't know each other, but I'm with you.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you - Finn & Her Momma

margeaux said...

you are in my thoughts and heart- margeaux

dogbynature said...

We're so sorry to come back and see this news. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time. Stay strong and love a lot.