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Griffin's Journey

Sep 26

Can you tell who was rolling in the grass still wet with morning dew?

Today’s oncology appointment at AMC was a mixed bag.  On the not so great side:  Griffin lost a lot of weight (more than 3lbs in the last 2 weeks and over 6lbs in the last 7 weeks) and one of the 3 tumors in his lungs appears to have grown (after previously decreasing in size).  On the pretty good side:  the other 2 lung tumors appear to have remained stable in size, no new tumors were detected, and his bloodwork was normal.  Griffin started taking Palladia (chemotherapy drug) and Piroxicam (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) 7 weeks ago and for almost that entire time, his appetite has been off and eating a struggle, as evidenced by his significant weight loss.  Given the increase in size of the one tumor, Griffin’s oncology team and I agreed that the Palladia doesn’t seem to be having a positive impact, and with the quality of life issues around not eating, it is not worth keeping Griffin on that protocol.  We are also discontinuing the Piroxicam on the chance that it is upsetting his gastrointestinal tract.  Griffin did well on a different NSAID, Galliprant, and we will consider restarting that in the future.  For now, Griffin’s body is going to have a rest from drugs for about 2 weeks, at which point he will return to AMC to restart Doxorubicin (IV chemotherapy).  Griffin previously did 2 rounds of Doxorubicin, which shrank 2 tumors but a third one developed in that time, which is why we paused the to allow for the administration of the Yale canine cancer trial vaccine.  Now that Griffin has received both doses of the vaccine, we are optimistic that restarting Doxorubicin will have a positive impact and if history repeats, Griffin will sail through the IV chemotherapy treatments.  While I was hoping for more positive results of his chest x-rays, I remain grateful that Griffin is doing well overall, that his disease spread is relatively stable, and that we have options to pursue.  To celebrate ending meds that messed with his appetite (and to jump start his necessary weight gain), Griffin devoured not one, but two double cheeseburgers from McDonald’s after his appointment!

When I joined the Tripawds community, I became part of a group of 9 families whose pups underwent amputation surgery in April.  Jake, Ziva, Aspen, and Griffin continue to do well, but our hearts have been broken by the losses of our friends Franklin, Holly, Finn, Oakley, and Arktik.

Finn’s mom, Casey, and I would often check in via private messages, and she was such a tremendous support to me when Griffin’s first chest x-rays revealed the growth of lung tumors.  Finn’s recovery was difficult, but Casey left no stone unturned, including acupuncture, the Yale vaccine, and supplements (the remainder of which she sent to me for Griffin’s use).  I learned about the Yale trial from Casey and the information she shared helped so many others.  Finn was almost 7 years old when he passed on July 20th.  While they never met in person, I know the little boy born two weeks ago is being watched over by his big brother, Finn.

Arktik’s mom, Patricia, and I called our boys the Tripawd Twins.  Arktik’s surgery was just one week after Griffin’s for the same limb and the same type of cancer, they were the same size, and almost the same age.  Arktik’s recovery was pretty smooth and he was quickly back enjoying hikes through the woods and a vacation on the beach.  A mouth abscess turned out to be a metastasis of the osteosarcoma, and Arktik crossed the rainbow bridge on September 14th, just a few weeks shy of his 11th birthday.

In the midst of their heartaches, Casey and Patricia have continued to cheer for Griffin and support our journey.  Please join me in celebrating the lives of these beloved pups and send healing thoughts to their families who so desperately miss them.  sp_hearticon2 xoxo Stacy

4 comments so far

  1. arktik
    9:09 pm - 9-26-2020

    Thank you so much for your post Stacy. Means the world to me.

  2. benny55
    10:29 pm - 9-26-2020

    Thanks again for the detailed update on Griffin, the next plan forward and all the whys. And to see his picture always make us soooo happy to see Griffin being Griffin!

    Stacy, the tribute you paid to Finn and to Arktik was soooo thoughtful, so heartfelt and so kind. And the pictures and videos made me smile and melted my heart at the same time. You picked perfect remembrances that portrayed how loved they are and how happy they are. Casey and Patricia contributed to this community in so many ways. Finn and Arktik brought them to us and we are so grateful for that. And we are immensely grateful for the privilege of knowing Arktik and Finn…..never to be forgotten here💖

    Thank you Stacy. Just perfect.❤

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  3. jerry
    12:26 am - 9-27-2020

    Oh Stacy, what a sweet, touching tribute to our Tripawd warrior angels.

    Their passings hit home hard, it never gets easier when we learn that cancer has stolen another warrior from us. But when we witness the kindness and love that is shared between Tripawds members, it eases the pain and gives us hope for better days ahead. Through thick and thin, joy and heartache, Tripawds friends are there for each other like no one else is.

    Thank you for sharing, thank you for being so awesome. We are keeping our fingers crossed for many happy days ahead for Griffin.

  4. Jody
    7:55 am - 9-27-2020

    I am continuing to cheer for Griffin, too, and my heart also goes out to Arktik’s and Finn’s families for their losses. It is one of the world’s greatest evils that humans outlive their furred friends by so much. Please keep my mom and Tikvah in your thoughts and prayers, as her mast cell tumor cancer appears to have entered her bloodstream, and according to her vet, nothing more can be done other than steroids and antihistamines, since any oncologists the vet can recommend are further than my mom will drive.

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