An update below from “Diamond Girl” on Facebook. Diamond is facing a new challenge, she is scheduled for surgery on Sunday to remove some cancerous mast cell tumors. Fortunately the cancer has not metastasized to her organs, so we are hopeful that the surgery will be a success. There is a link in our bio if you would like to make a donation towards her care.
From Diamond’s mom, “Thanks to all of you who are now following Diamond! It has been a MOSTLY wonderful week. Fact is, on the road trip to Seattle I got a good look at the "cyst" I was told about the day Diamond and I met and walked out of the shelter. I'm no vet, but it didn't look like a cyst to me, nor did the three other lumps I found. So I called my favorite Vet and made an appointment for the day after we expected to get home.
To make a long story short, the vet sent samples out to a lab and the results were Mast Cell tumors. To say our heads have been spinning is an understatement. We got the earliest available appointment with an oncologist and began bracing for the worst, hoping for the best, and trying to figure out how to break this news to all of you Diamond's fans.
SOME CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC GOOD NEWS!
The oncology appointment at Summit Veterinary Referral Center was yesterday. They did x-rays and ultrasound and neither indicated any spread internally. That makes Diamond a candidate for surgery and we have scheduled that for this coming Sunday. There is much to learn about Mast Cell tumors: for example, there are slow growing tumors and aggressive tumors. We won't know what Diamond has until the tumors are removed and analyzed.
So, now that you know news, your assignment is to smother her and her surgical team with your OPTIMISM! After all, we all know this little girl has more friends than any one of us: let's put the numbers to work.”