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Topic: My furbabies are my favorite therapy!

Forum: Your Furry Friends —

Share pictures and stories of the four-legged friends who make your day-to-day lives better!

Posted on: Sep 3, 2015 03:21PM

PKWGA wrote:

My husband and I don't have children, we have "furbabies" instead. Only those who are "animal people" can understand how much my 3 rescue dogs have helped me through this ordeal. They snuggle with me when I'm depressed or scared. They make me laugh when I'm down, and most of all, they love me unconditionally. Breasts or no breasts, they don't see me any differently, and that's more than I can say for most of the people in my life.
Dx 7/20/2015, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/17/2015 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 10/31/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2016 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 3, 2015 03:34PM Moderators wrote:

Welcome PKWGA to our BCO Community! You aren't alone with the love of our furry friends. Check out this thread too!

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/102/topic/818346?page=545#post_4486350

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Sep 17, 2015 04:56PM cbwitt1970 wrote:

I am the same! I love love love my babies! I have 4 dogs

Dx 8/18/2015, ILC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Sep 17, 2015 07:38PM Meow13 wrote:

I love to snuggle with my kitties. My sweaters have more cat hair than the cats, oh well.

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Sep 19, 2015 11:23PM PoppyK wrote:

I'm the crazy guinea pig lady! We now are down to only 4 piggies, but when I was diagnosed we had 6! When I was recovering from treatment, they would snuggle in and sleep on my lap or next to me.

We also had 2 rescue dogs when I was diagnosed. Our yellow lab, Susie passed away 2 months ago. Our other dog is a lab mix, classic yellow dog. He is now blind and diabetic.

I have 3 teenaged boys, so it's nice to have someone who is happy to see me! ;-)

Poppy Dx 5/20/2014, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 9/23/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/28/2014 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/10/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 19, 2015 05:21AM lou23 wrote:

I had my puppy a black lab July 2014 and diagnosed with breast cancer February 2015. I said she was a gift from heaven I would have struggled with out her, I love her so much and she shows so much love to me. Thank god I had her.

Lou.

Dx DCIS/translation missing: en.models.diagnosis.shorthand.type.paget''s, Left Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Oct 25, 2015 03:15PM butterflykdh wrote:

I have 2 smooth hair fox terriers. They are very high energy & love to climb all over me. We call them Thing 1 & Thing 2 (because they are so much like the thing 1 & 2 in cat in the hat).Right before I got diagnosed Thing 1 who has always been slightly more protective of me stopped climbing all over me & spent most days curled up with me. He even started to get a little pudgy. Since my bilateral mastectomy on 10/12/15 I haven't been able to snuggle with Thing 2 he just won't stop climbing on me. But Thing 1 will curl up with me for hours while I rest. He makes me feel so much better. I'm having a tough time since surgery & his cuddles get me through when I feel like I can't stand it anymore. I feel bad that Thing 2 can't be with me but he's always been a little more attached to my husband so he's at least still able to get some loving from him to make up for it. Dogs really do have the purest love out there I think sometimes.

Kat Dx 8/28/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH)
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Oct 25, 2015 08:07PM Spookiesmom wrote:

I have 2, Spookie is my avatar, Kris is a poodle rescue. Got Kris in the middle of chemo 3 years ago. He's daddy's boy, she is mommies girl. I had to get up and take care of them, good for all.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 27, 2015 06:57PM Spookiesmom wrote:

bump

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 3, 2015 06:24PM Michele2013 wrote:

My Lab Bo :)

Stage 1 Thyroid Cancer. Chemo induced cardiomyopathy, now have a defibrillator. Dx 10/29/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/27/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 4/28/2013
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Nov 3, 2015 06:31PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Bet it's hard to keep a lab out of the pool!!

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 3, 2015 06:48PM PoppyK wrote:

Labs and golden retrievers are wonderful!

Poppy Dx 5/20/2014, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 9/23/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/28/2014 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/10/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 3, 2015 08:46PM Michele2013 wrote:

Barn trough

Stage 1 Thyroid Cancer. Chemo induced cardiomyopathy, now have a defibrillator. Dx 10/29/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/27/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 4/28/2013
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Nov 3, 2015 09:45PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Either it's hot where you are, or he really really likes water. 😍

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 11, 2015 03:04AM JunieB wrote:

I used to have 2 furbabies, but they passed in 2010 & 2011. I had planned to get a new puppy in August 2014, but ended up in the hospital where I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic BC to my T11 vertebrae. My Initial BC was in 1991 at the age of 31. After my newest diagnosis I decided not to get a new dog for fear that I would not be around for his whole life, but my oncologist & some people I know have encouraged me to go ahead. After thinking on it, I have decided to get my new furbaby and that will happen in April 2016, unless something significantly changes between now and then with my health.

My absolute favorite breed is a Cairn Terrier. I've had one before and adored him. I believe a dog will give me the purpose to keep going each day.

Surgery 7/28/1991 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 7/30/1991, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, 0/25 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 8/28/2014, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 9/21/2014 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Nov 13, 2015 10:55AM cp418 wrote:

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Nov 13, 2015 11:00AM cp418 wrote:

oops - I'm learning how to add photos via this chromebook. I purchased this large pony "Peanut" 4 years ago after I lost both my heart horse and my favorite buddy cat. Their loss was very depressing for me and I needed to keep involved with what I love. Also got this adorable little chihuahua rescue 2 years ago - high energy Sparky dog.

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Nov 13, 2015 11:19AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Awwww I always wanted a horse. We had the room for one.

Cute pooch!!!

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 13, 2015 11:22AM Spookiesmom wrote:

are you posting from iPhone or computer? I posted a screen shot. See in the top right corner the icon that kind of looks like mountains? Tap that, will bring up screen to take you to your photo library. Easy to post that way.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 13, 2015 12:04PM cp418 wrote:

I'm using a Chromebook with Cloud so it's a learning curve from windows in a computer. I need a new phone so that will be my next challenge!!

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Dec 6, 2015 07:01PM dawntastic wrote:

I have seven cats and one dog. After I lost my hair and decided to shave my head, I wondered if my animals would look at me different or not recognize me. They didn't seem to care if I had a bald head or a full head of hair. They love me unconditionally.

Surgery 10/8/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 11/4/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 11/4/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 11/4/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Dx IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 11, 2016 02:07AM TracyM09 wrote:

My little Lola helped me everyday, her smile and cheery manner worked miracles!!

Dx 4/18/2012, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/25/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/12/2012 CMF Radiation Therapy 9/26/2012 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 11/5/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 11, 2016 09:10AM Moderators wrote:

Awww Tracy, what a sweet photo!

Pet's are amazing :-)

Welcome to the discussion boards! We hope you find them helpful

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Jan 11, 2016 07:59PM bluepearl wrote:

I have a different kind of fur babies but please don't judge too harshly! I love them and they give me great pleasure caring for them, including antics that most people never see!!! This is Amber-rose (brown-pink) and Pepper (blue-silver), two very happy tarantulas!!! Both are Chilean Rose Hairs, docile and very cheeky. I also have five rabbits, three aquariums and two cats...all whom I love dearly. Animals make you come out of "yourself" and give back more than you can ever expect....even the tiniest, furriest ones!

Dx 1/6/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/11/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 2/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/9/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 3/17/2013
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Jan 13, 2016 11:41AM cp418 wrote:

Tracy - Lola so adorable! What a sweet smile on her!!

bluepearl - LOL! I stared at the photo first trying to figure out what I saw! Unique!

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Jan 25, 2016 05:25PM AMaree08 wrote:

Hi all!!

Yay for fur baby lovers!! My partner and I decided that lifes to short not to have dogs! so we got this precious bundle of joy!

She is going to keep me strong and my spirits high as I move into treatment phase!

Love that there are other fur baby people out there

This is Ava :)

26 years old Dx 12/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 12/9/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Feb 5, 2016 10:50PM sas-schatzi wrote:

YAY Ama. puppies are the best. Who are the older dogs? I have two Schatzi-------german wired Haired pointer She's part of my screen name and Dini , a lab

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting "holy crap....what a ride".
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Feb 10, 2016 05:27PM MabelJo wrote:

My old lady (she is 13 1/2yrs old) hangs out with me when I am having a bad day. Cuddling as await my pathology report.

Surgery 2/4/2016 Lumpectomy: Left
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Feb 21, 2016 01:17AM malven wrote:

I agree that furbabies are great therapy when you're sick and feeling down. They cheer you up and calm you down. My beloved Corgi, Jerry went to dog heaven two months ago. I've been visiting a pomeranian pup's page, Cheeky BG, and his posts make my day. It helps losing Jerry more bearable.

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Feb 15, 2017 11:03PM - edited Feb 15, 2017 11:04PM by pabbie

I can relate. Love my furr-babies! XOXO

May 2017 Recurrent 1.1 centimeter IDC with multiple foci, treated with surgery & Aromasin. Dx 2/6/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/22/2014 Mastectomy: Right Dx 1/23/2014, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 11, 2017 10:11PM bluepearl wrote:

Gorgeous babies everyone!!! I have added 29 more tarantulas to the two I showed......they are addictive. Each have their own terrariums and it is like a piece of the jungle or desert in my home. Little Itch is an arboreal from Africa.


Dx 1/6/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/11/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 2/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/9/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 3/17/2013

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