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Kelly and Kadie
Kadie and I are celebrating our 14th year together in 2016! We continue to celebrate beating canine liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma on May 11, 2015), but our ultimate celebration was in October 2015 when we took a 12 day roadtrip to see the ocean together for the first time! Our life's journey has taken us to wonderful "dog" places and has allowed us to spread the word about canine cancer, all while celebrating prayers answered and lives worth celebrating! Join us here as we celebrate Kadie's 14th year and as we continue to discover new and exciting adventures in 2016!
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday Spotlight: Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Liver Cancer)

On the Eve of my first 5k of 2016, I give you this thought...

I am REALLY ok if THIS is the face of
Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Liver Cancer).
I am REALLY ok with it....because I SURVIVED!

This is our first Saturday Spotlight of 2016!
My Mom and I want it to be an incredibly important one because this is the cancer that I was diagnosed with last May, 2015.

It is not pretty. It is scary. It takes a GREAT amount of courage to face this diagnosis.

However, with Hepatocellular Carcinoma, surgery CAN be CURATIVE!

Hepatocellular Carcinoma is one of the only cancers that can absolutely have a curative result. Let me say that again....CURATIVE RESULT! I am living proof of that!

Here are some things you should know:  (thank you to PetMD!)

Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Dogs

Hepatocellular carcinoma describes a malignant tumor of the epithelial tissues of the liver (the tissue that lines the cavities and surfaces of body structures – in this case the liver). This type of tumor is less common than benign liver tumors in dogs, but accounts for more than 50 percent of all types of malignant liver tumors combined. Extrahepatic (outside of the liver) forms occur very rarely in dogs. There are no breed predispositions, but affected dogs are on average older than ten years of age and tend to be male.


The following symptoms are typically  absent until the disease reaches an advanced stage:
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite (anorexia)
  • Weight loss
  • Polydipsia (excessive thirst)
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Hepatomegaly (enlarged liver with uneven size); precedes development of overt clinical signs
  • Abdominal hemorrhage


  • Unknown
  • May be associated with chronic inflammation or hepatotoxicity (chemical-driven liver damage)
  • Toxins


Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam on your dog, including a complete blood profile, chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, a urinalysis and an electrolyte panel. A microscopic study of fluid taken from the liver by needle will be done to detect dysplasia (a pre-cancerous change in cells and tissues) and overt malignant features of cancerous cell spread. Occasionally, the only finding of the study is necrotic (dead) cells in the liver. A hepatic biopsy will need to be conducted in order to make a conclusive diagnosis. This will require that your veterinarian surgically remove a sample of liver tissue for laboratory analysis. A needle biopsy is not recommended.

Diagnostic imaging may include abdominal radiography to localize the tumor, and X-ray imaging of the chest to check for metastasis into the lungs.


Treatment will be given on an outpatient basis, unless surgical intervention requires postoperative critical care during recuperation, or bleeding tumors require transfusion of blood components or whole blood transfusions. Your veterinarian may consult a veterinary oncologist for assistance.

Surgical removal of the tumor is recommended when possible, and is often most successful when the tumor is massive and singularly located. Up to 75 percent of the liver can be surgically removed without pronounced loss of function. However, nodular and scattered (diffuse) forms are often not good candidates for surgery. Chemotherapy is not recommended, as it has not been found to be successful in the treatment of liver cancer.


Keep HOPE alive should you ever face this diagnosis. 
Get a GREAT surgical team in place, and keep HOPE alive!

See you after the finish line tomorrow!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Our First 5k of 2016

We are now registered for our first 5k of the year!

The Polar Bear 5k on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

This is the first in our series of races in order to get to our 5k's worth of a Marathon.  It will take us a while to do this, but a Journey of 26 Miles begins with a first step!

How many steps are in a marathon? Anyone?

Here we go...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Where's the Tooth Fairy?


Kadie here!

Last Monday, I hit a bit of a rough patch.

I started my day off with a tummy shave for an ultrasound to check on the health of my liver. This was especially hard because I was just beginning to get my beautiful Scottie skirt back. Oh well.... bald is beautiful!

Anyway, my ultrasound came back AOK and beautiful!  Healthy livers are so wonderful!

The down-side of this very wonderful news meant that since my liver was doing ok, it was alright for me to have a couple of teeth extracted.

Well, a COUPLE turned into 19!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh the horrors of getting older!

My question is THIS...
Since WHEN did it become the norm to PAY the tooth fairy to take your teeth?  Wasn't someone supposed to pay me?

So here I sit.

Not just a "Bear" anymore, but now a "Gummy Bear."

I'm learning the therapeutic joys of licking snow!

Happy Hump Day!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Our Message for 2016

My Mom and I have a message we would like to continue to share throughout 2016.... That message is one of HOPE!  Without HOPE, we would not be here today.

My doctors had HOPE.
My surgeons had HOPE.
Our friends and close family members had HOPE.

Without HOPE, we just could not have taken the first steps we needed to win our battle with cancer last May.

If you are reading this and find yourself in a difficult situation, or recovering from a difficult situation, please do not let go of HOPE.  Like Christopher Reeve once said, "Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible."

Have a wonderful week!

Happy New Year!

We are looking forward to a year of continued health, happiness and adventures!
May your year be filled with the same!

More new stories coming soon! 
We also have some exciting announcements!
Stay tuned! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Snowflake Blessings

Merry Christmas!
I am so happy to be together with My Mom and our Steve this Christmas! So incredibly grateful!

To all of you fighting cancer, to all of you who have won your battle, and to all of you who loved and prayed so hard through a battle, we honor you and your courage and strength this year. We know we are one of the rare stories that beats this darned disease, but we know there is a lot happening in the research world, and we have a lot of HOPE! We feel so incredibly blessed. We hope and pray for all of you and always know, you are never alone. We will continue our journey to spread the word about canine cancer in 2016, help to raise money to find a cure, and continue to scream the power of HOPE!  With much love and grateful blessings.... Kadie & Kelly (and our Steve!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Looking Back: The Grand Canyon

Well, my Mom and I are having very busy times these days. We have some surprising things happening in the next few months that we are VERY excited about! We will keep you posted!

Until then, we'd like to share some moments of our trip with you!

Today's travel tidbit comes from our travels through Arizona after leaving our wonderful beach destination. This day of our journey was our longest. We drove 8 hours and over 550 miles that day!

The worst part of this day was driving out of San Diego. We were in rush hour traffic and were trapped in lanes that were exiting to places we had no plans to visit! So on THIS day, we accidentally ended up at Sea World! With a little GPS help, we were able to get back on course and arrived at our destination around 9:00 pm. 

Our destination was very dark, so we decided to just go to bed. I woke up at about 4:00 am and wanted to take a little walk. It was VERY cold!! Mom loaded us in the car and we drove to a little parking lot. It was empty. We got out and found a little walking path. It was PITCH BLACK out! My mom used her cell phonne light to help us not stumble on rocks. We heard a very distant breeze. It sounded so far away. I wanted to investigate, but my Mom was adamant about me staying right by her side. She is NEVER like that, so I knew it must be important!

We found a little clearing and we sat down and listened to the wind.

After a little while, it started to get light. Mom told me to stay close. She said this was going to be a very special thing to see when the sun comes up fully. Boy was she right!

This destination was The Grand Canyon!

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