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On March 23, I made this post (was private until I knew more):
http://helen99.livejournal.com/463036.html

He was in the hospital since that time - never came home. They performed diagnostic tests and finally came up with a diagnosis. It was definitely not heart disease, nor was it a recurrence of the mammary cancer, nor was it a lymphoma like they suspected for a while. Most of those would have been treatable to some extent. He'd developed a completely different type of cancer that had spread all over his lungs (fibrosarcoma). He never showed any symptoms at all before the initial breathing distress I described at the link above.

This type rarely occurs in the lungs - it's the kind of cancer cats were getting in the muscle and bone tissue of the leg from the 3-year rabies vaccine. Yet it could not have been from any vaccine, because I'd been very bad about being up to date on all his shots.

I'd been watching very carefully for recurrences of the mammary cancer for the past year. The mammary cancer surgery was about a year and a month ago, and all seemed to be well, but this entirely blindsided me. This had not shown up on any of the x-rays during exams. It only showed up on a very specifically targeted ultrasound that they did when they couldn't figure out what was going on.

We had him put to sleep on March 26, 2010. They brought him out of the oxygen tank wrapped in a fluffy towel and set him on Rialian's lap before giving him the shot. He was glad to see us, and he was purring. I had 11 good years with him, for which I'm very grateful.





Sithreal, my Sithreal
Sometime in 1998 - March 26, 2010
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Date: 2010-03-27 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shaharazad.livejournal.com
I'm sorry for your loss.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you.

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Date: 2010-03-27 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitten-goddess.livejournal.com
I am so sorry for your loss. Poor Sithreal.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you. The vets never even heard of fibrosarcoma in a cat's lungs before. Of course, male cats don't usually get mammary cancer either. He had a unique physiology that ended up turning on him in the end.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
*hugs* thank you.

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Date: 2010-03-27 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowsculptor.livejournal.com
I'm so very, very sorry. He was a beautiful cat and sounded like a wonderful companion.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
He really was a wonderful armful of a honeypuss. He loved his pets and cuddles. He had his feisty side too, though. If he wasn't in the mood for pets, that side would show sometimes and we'd play 'tag', running from room to room. It was so cute.

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Date: 2010-03-27 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] historychick49.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry. *hugs*

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
*hugs.* Thank you.

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Date: 2010-03-27 04:07 pm (UTC)
ivy: (raven & cat)
From: [personal profile] ivy
[hugs] I'm sorry. I'm glad you had the good times together that you did.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
[hugs]. Me too, thanks. It's always too short (some shorter than others). At least I had 11 years.

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Date: 2010-03-27 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dogemperor.livejournal.com
*hugs tight*

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
*Hugs*. Thanks.

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Date: 2010-03-27 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] hummingwolf.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry for your loss, Helen.

::hugs::

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:09 pm (UTC)
ext_5300: tree in the stars (Default)
From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thanks. He was a one-of-a-kind cat. He will be missed by many.

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Date: 2010-03-27 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aierea.livejournal.com
I am so sorry Helen. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you.

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Date: 2010-03-27 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-adventure.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad he passed from this world content and surrounded by love.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
I'm glad he at least had that. I guess this was just his time to go. His body seemed determined to self destruct no matter what we tried to do. Maybe in 10 years they'll figure out how to treat this - they'd come a very long way since the last time I dealt with something like this.

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Date: 2010-03-27 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corvaxgirl.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry for your loss, Helen.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you. :*(

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Date: 2010-03-27 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] janeoftrades.livejournal.com
*careful hugs*
He had a good life, and you certainly did right by him, getting the best care you could find, sitting with him as much as possible.

May the next turning of his path be filled with less obstacles and even more joy than he had in this life (and I am positive there was much joy had by him).

Take care of yourself.
Much care and sympathy, from myself and the great herd here.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thanks. I hope so.

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Date: 2010-03-27 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] primaldog.livejournal.com
Tango passed from fibrosarcoma, in his leg. It snuck up on us so suddenly, so quickly.

Poor Sith. I'm so sorry for your loss. I still haven't gotten over Tango, and I don't think I ever will.

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Date: 2010-03-28 12:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
I hear you. The number of cats and people I'll never get over losing keeps growing. I feel the starlight sparkling through the gaping rips in my tapestry like diamonds cutting through glass. It helps to turn off all electrical appliances and listen to the stars. I feel closer to them then.

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Date: 2010-03-27 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunfell.livejournal.com
My condolences for your loss.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you.

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Date: 2010-03-27 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lupabitch.livejournal.com
*****hugs*****

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
*hugs* and thank you.

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Date: 2010-03-27 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teaotter.livejournal.com
I'm sorry for your loss.

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Date: 2010-03-28 01:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you :(

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Date: 2010-03-27 08:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] illuviel.livejournal.com
My condolences for your loss. ::snugs::

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Date: 2010-03-28 12:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
*hugs*. Thanks. :*(

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Date: 2010-03-27 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] podisodd.livejournal.com
I am so sorry Helen. You have my sympathy and my condolences.

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Date: 2010-03-28 12:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thanks. (I totally hope Waldeaux does not demand a toll for crossing the rainbow bridge).

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Date: 2010-03-27 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamfall.livejournal.com
I am so sorry! *gentle hugs*

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Date: 2010-03-28 12:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you. I know that you understand. *hugs.*

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Date: 2010-03-27 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ignited-spark.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear it. May he rest in peace.

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Date: 2010-03-28 12:55 pm (UTC)
ext_5300: tree in the stars (Default)
From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thanks. We have buried him out at our WV farm in a little grove of trees. I'll be bringing large stones and hanging a little birdhouse out there.

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Date: 2010-03-28 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jolantru.livejournal.com
*tight hugs*

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Date: 2010-03-28 12:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you :*(

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Date: 2010-03-28 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] animelily.livejournal.com
I'm sorry for your loss.

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Date: 2010-03-28 03:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you.

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Date: 2010-03-28 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ele-eternal.livejournal.com
Oh Helen, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's always so difficult when our furry companions leave this space for another.

Love and blessings to you and your family.

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Date: 2010-03-28 03:46 pm (UTC)
ext_5300: tree in the stars (Default)
From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you. I try to picture the other spaces in this universe, but right now am doing a miserable job of it. :*(

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Date: 2010-03-28 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannasilel.livejournal.com
*hugs* I'm so sorry for your loss. We're going to miss him, too.

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thanks *hugs*. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was a very special cat.

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eyebite.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry, you have my deepest sympathies.

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Date: 2010-03-28 05:59 pm (UTC)
ext_5300: tree in the stars (Default)
From: [identity profile] helen99.livejournal.com
Thank you.
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