Some News + Updates

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Well, this is a post I thought I would never write. To say that my heart broke after receiving this news is an understatement. We were so excited to bring Sketchie home from the vet last week. As you may recall, he had exploratory surgery in an effort to determine his health issues (see this post for more info). I was convinced that he had IBD. To be honest, I was second-guessing our decision to proceed with the surgery. Would it even help him? Was it worth it to put him through all of this? I felt so unsure and conflicted.

Eric picked him up from the vet last week and I stayed back to finish up some work. He was gone a really long time which I thought was unusual. When I heard the door open I yelled, “Sketchieeee!!” like I always do in a high-pitched voice whenever I see him after being out. I ran down the stairs to greet them both and stopped in my tracks when I saw the look on Eric’s face. I knew something was terribly wrong.

After seeing Eric fight back tears I could only get out “what’s wrong?” in a choked up voice.

“Sketchie has lymphoma.”

I just collapsed into Eric’s arms. Completely lost it. The whole day was like one long nightmare. I wasn’t prepared for any of this. Even though the vet mentioned lymphoma might be a possibility, I thought “not Sketchie”. Eric explained that it’s small cell lymphoma (in his intestines) which apparently has a decent chance of responding to the treatment. I kept reading things online that treatment could help them live a few years (a few years?, I’d wail) and then I had to just stop reading about it. It was too much to process.

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To make matters worse, Sketchie was still in a fair amount of pain, totally not himself and unsettled. Seeing the 15+ staples in his shaved belly was hard. It was a really difficult few days, but we gave him so much love and attention to try to help him feel better. His eyes looked so sad, obviously not knowing what the heck happened to his body. I’m so grateful though that the surgery went well without any complications.

So here we are a week and a half later still grappling with the news and trying to figure out what course of treatment we’re going to take. If anything, I’m so grateful that we were able to get the exploratory surgery to determine the root cause of his digestive issues and low B12. And that we caught it early. Knowledge is power!

I just want to thank you for thinking of Sketchie over the past couple weeks. Many of you left lovely comments and tweets and it really means a lot to me. I’d love to hear from those of you who might have had a similar experience with your pet and what treatment options you used. Right now, we’re open to exploring our options while keeping in mind his quality of life, above all.

The good news is that Sketchie is recovering well from his surgery! He’s a trooper! After 4-5 days, he seemed much more like himself. His appetite is back which is reassuring because he lost a lot of weight over the past 6 months. The spark in his eyes is back. Today he gets his staples out which I’m nervous about, so I hope it goes well and he’s not too traumatized by going back there so soon.

He’s still a young cat (7 years), so I’m hoping he will respond well to treatment. I know this one is not going down without a fight.

Now go on and hug your pets for me, will you?

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Updates:

In lighter news, I wanted to thank you for your incredible comments on my Cookbook Launch & Sneak Peek Post this week. I was on cloud nine all week seeing your tweets, Facebook messages, and comments come in. It really helped cheer me up and take my mind off things.

Newsletter:

I sent out the second cookbook newsletter yesterday, so be sure to check your spam box because they have a tendency to end up there. If you still haven’t received any newsletters yet, please add “newsletter@ohsheglows.com” to your email contact list to ensure that you get future newsletters. That should do the trick! If you’d like to read the 2nd newsletter in the meantime, you can do so on my book page (it’s linked near the bottom of the page).

New OSG Virtual Cookbook Blog Tour Reviews:

Check out these new reviews and don’t forget to enter the giveaways!

Dreena @ Plant Powered Kitchen (review, recipe, giveaway)

Kate @ Cookie + Kate (review, recipe)

Kaila @ Healthy Helper Blog (review, recipe, giveaway)

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies! (review, recipe, giveaway)

Kathy @ Healthy Happy Life (review, recipe)

Cadry @ Cadry’s Kitchen (review, recipe, giveaway)

Abby @ The Frosted Vegan (review, recipe, giveaway)

Nicole @ A Dash of Compassion (review, recipe, giveaway)

Livvy @ 86 Lemons (review, recipe, giveaway)

Ashley @ {Never} home maker (review, recipe, giveaway)

Emily @ Daily Garnish (review, recipe, giveaway)

Sarah @ The Sweet Life (review, recipe, giveaway)

Jess @ Get Sconed (review, interview)

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Canada AM:

Lastly, I had two fun TV appearances this week. The first one was Tuesday morning on Canada AM. I somehow managed to get through LIVE TV without passing out. hah. You can find the link to watch the video at the bottom of my book page. Thanks to my friend Karly for the screenshot above!

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The second appearance was a taping for the Steven and Chris show. It was also a total blast! We made my Empowered Noodle Bowl with Orange-Maple Miso Dressing. I don’t have an official air date yet, but I will let you know as soon as I find out. It should be within the next week or two. I hear that it’s syndicated on the Live Well Network in the US, so hopefully those of you in the US can watch it online as well.

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[a couple behind the scenes photos from Steven and Chris. Thanks to Ange for the bottom photo!]

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Thank you again for making this week one I won’t soon forget. Have a great weekend!

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1 Kim March 8, 2014

How can something so tragic be so beautifully written?

Sending prayers (if wanted), thoughts,and hugs your way.

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2 Jackie March 11, 2014

Hi Angela and Eric,

I’m not much of a person who comments on Blogs; I have enjoyed yours so much I feel obligated… news of Sketchie was a shock. Your life/ Blog seems so much of an idyll to me, I check in to get a shot in the arm. To learn what you are facing, well, I feel obligated to be supportive.

I saw three of my beloved kitties through cancer. Hell- I’ve had it myself: breast cancer. Diagnosed at only 33, so you can imagine. At 54, I am still here, so I am a veteran of a sad war.

As far as the kitties, one of my beloved, Cosmo, a darling fluffy gray cat- had a brain tumor. It filled up the whole MRI: my husband and I had to look at the image of it in disbelief and horror; IT WAS SO BIG. We elected to do whatever treatment was available, no matter the cost. We LOVED THAT CAT SO MUCH… it was never about the expense, but I can tell you, we made him suffer disproportionately for the amount of time he survived… I still feel guilty. My best advice: be prepared to let go. Sketchie will count on you to know when. If you make certain his quality of life remains equitable for however long, you will have done your best by him.

My best to you during this difficult period,

Jackie

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3 Holly March 8, 2014

Hi Angela,
I am so sorry to hear about Sketchie. We are going through the same thing right now with our cat Ridley and do not know if she has lymphoma or IBD as well. We have been treating her with prednisolone, tylosin, and I give her B12 shots every week. She has been responding amazingly but the vet told us if it is lymphoma, she will start to become symptomatic again in the next few months. My cat and dog are so special to me so I understand what you are going through. I truly help he responds well to treatment too. Pawsitive thoughts :)
Holly

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4 Susan March 9, 2014

I am so very sorry to hear about Sketchie, I just, the other day watched that video of him and his new cute friend and thought how lucky, he accepted this baby so graciously. I sit here surrounded by my 3 cats, one who is hanging on by a thread … I share the sadness of having to deal with the pain of something so wonderful, hurting and sadly it happens.
Sending you healing thoughts .

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5 Janet March 9, 2014

I’m sorry to hear about Sketchie. My friend forwarded your post to me. My 15 year old cat was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma in Nov. 2013 (she had an endoscopy which confirmed lymphoma vs. IBD). She gets B12 monthly, predisolone daily and chlorambucil (chemo) 3x week. Plus I have her on supplements. She’s been tolerating chemo well (I was told cats do better than dogs & people) Its a pill that I give. She normally weighs 12lbs was down to 7-1/2, now she’s 8lbs with a good appetite now. It’s been a slow, rough road, but I’m optimistic we’re going into remission. I was told she will always need chemo & pred, this cancer isn’t “cured” only managed for a good quality of life. They can still lead a happy life, stay positive and enjoy each day with him.

Heads up with food, be prepared to open a few different kinds of wet at each feeding until you find one he will eat. Gravy ones now work best with my cat. What he eats today he may not tomorrow (I feed the ferals with the leftover food) , what his favorite was may not be again. As he gets better, feeding should get easier but it’s a new normal.

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6 Fit Missy March 8, 2014

I’m sorry about Sketchie!

As a cat lover and owner it’s so sad when these things happen. :(

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7 kerry LC March 8, 2014

Angela,

When I was in grade school I was given my very first cat, Butterscotch. He was the center of my universe. When he was only 1 year old, my mom took him to the vet for a checkup. When she came home, she had the very same sad look on her face you described on your husband’s. I was only 9 and she had to deal with explaining to her daughter that my very first animal was going to go through treatment because of a tumor in his lungs. I think my mom knew how important Butterscotch was to me, so she went ahead and agreed to his treatments. Basically, once a month he would go to the vets to get his lungs pumped, because the tumor allowed fluid to build up inside them. Every month he’d come home with a little patch of fur on both sides of his ribcage shaved off. I still delighted to see him every time, and I would pet him and smoother him with love to get him to feel better about what he was going through. Sure, he was just a cat, but he was my first possession I loved and cared for at such a young age.

The hardest part was watching him get weaker and sicker with his treatments. We gave him pills each day, and he began to travel with us on vacation so I could get the most time with my cat while he was still healthy enough. My mom really did a great service keeping me him alive and letting me understand what sickness was, I had to deal with it at a young age with him.

The day will come they can’t fight the battle much longer — my day came unexpectidly when he came home from a treatment and he was just so weak he collapsed when he came home. I fortunately didn’t see it happen, but my mom wanted to do something special to commemorate him. We buried him in my front yard, and we planted tulips each spring for him. I swore, Tulips were his favorite. The first year, the tulips all came up yellow, just like his name referred to the color of the stripes on his forehead.

Pets are family members, so I understand how much it hurts. Just enjoy his company and continue to create lasting memories. He’ll always be with you — trust me, I am 25 years old now, and I still fondly remember Butterscotch, and the role he played for me as a young child. :) Sketchie is a part of your blog, and will forever be a part of your experience. You are so fortunate for this <3

I bought your cookbook for my birthday present (arrived yesterday, and tomorrow is my bday). I relate to your journey very closely, and you've saved my life, Angela. Thank you for everything you do.

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8 nichole March 8, 2014

Sending positive vibes!!!!

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9 Lia @ Luscious Living March 8, 2014

I’m so so sorry to hear about Sketchy. All of you will be in my heart as he goes through treatment and gets better. These things happen and it’s all about how we react and all we can give. We all love Sketchy. Tell him were thinking about him. It’s supposed to help with healing when they know. Otherwise, congrats on your TV appearances. That’s really cool and it’s awesome to see you progress to that level!! So many hugs.

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10 Courtney March 8, 2014

I’m sending positive vibes your way. As a cat mom to five cats, a few of which have had heath scares, I understand what you are going through.

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11 Erin @ Erin's Inside Job March 8, 2014

I have read about Sketchie for so long and feel like he’s my cat too! This almost made me cry. I am not a huge cat fan, but he is just so pretty! The pictures you take of him are amazing. I’m so sorry that you (and he) are going through this and I wish you nothing but the best. :)

Also on a lighter note, after months of waiting, my Oh She Glows cookbook should be here today! I know what I’ll be doing this weekend…

Thanks for all your positivity throughout the years and the difference you have made in so many people’s lives.

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12 Traveling Cats March 8, 2014

You’re taking such good care of Sketchie, so he’ll have a good chance to beat his lymphoma with your help. You’re a good person; this post proves that.

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13 Hannah Rose March 8, 2014

Hi Angela,

First off, wanted to send my well wishes to Sketchie, he seems like a smart and determined little critter that can fight off anything, so I have a good feeling he’ll perceiver. Sending all my wishes your way!

Also – your cookbook is FANTASTIC! what a beautiful book that you should be so proud to have made. You inspire me every day to reach for my dreams of starting my own healthy blog. Hopefully one day in the future I can help advertise your next cookbook :)

Hannah

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14 Julia March 8, 2014

So sorry to hear the Sketchie news. I’ll be sending positive thoughts to you all.
I ordered 4 of your cookbooks – copy for me and the rest for friends. The order arrived Wednesday! Big excitement!
I immediately made the Vegan Overnight Oats recipe. Love it. It was funny to then see you on CanadaAM making the same thing! Thanks for posting the link – I live in the US so would never have seen the segment otherwise.
Best of luck, with everything xx

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15 Lee March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry about Sketchie’s diagnosis. I hope he beats it!

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16 Hannah March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through this! As a cat momma my heart goes out to your family. I know it’s incredibly difficult, but it’s nice to hear that Sketchie is starting to act like himself again. Getting that normalcy back should help things emotionally! Also, he looks super handsome in his bandana!

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17 mary March 8, 2014

Hey there! First time posting on your site – I read it everyday and can’t wait to get your cookbook!

I’m really so sorry about Sketchie – that is hard news to take. I am a veterinarian at a local shelter -unfortunately we see this too often. Feel free to contact me if I can help in any way – questions about lymphoma, treatment, etc. He is a handsome man – sending him lots of love from NY!
-Mary

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18 Bird March 8, 2014

This story is so shocking, I wish you so much strength to handle everything well and to enjoy the good days with him!

Love from Germany and the fatcatconnection
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Bird

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19 Carole March 8, 2014

Hugs to you and Sketchie – it’s always the hardest thing to see pets suffer :( he sounds like a fighter thought!! I received your book this week and I’m so excited to dive in :)

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20 Kerry Cloud-Pitt March 8, 2014

I am holding Sketchie in the light of health, peace, and comfort through this. And, from one cat mama to another, sending you and your husband strength.

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21 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life March 8, 2014

It’s so hard when pets are sick. It’s awful not knowing exactly how to help him, but it sounds like you and Eric are giving him all the love and comfort he needs. I hope everything turns out for the best! Keep us updated!

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22 Sharon March 8, 2014

I received your book yesterday. Couldn’t be more excited. I have a “dog daughter” and I would be devastated. Wishing healthy thoughts to sketchie.

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23 Amanda March 8, 2014

My heart feels heavy for Sketchie. Our pets are like our children. They fill us with happiness, fun,frustration and love. Just like people. I will send many kitty prayers your way. Just remember that no matter what happens, Sketchie knows you love him and you have given him a wonderful life. Let’s hope he has many more years to enjoy that love. Keep your chin up and snuggle the heck out of that beautiful Sketchie.

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24 char eats greens March 8, 2014

I’m hoping someone can offer so suggestions for Sketchie. Poor guy!! You make me miss having a cat, so if we had one, I would so be cuddling them up right now!

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25 michelle March 8, 2014

Sorry about your sweet kitty. I will pray that you find a solution to help him.

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26 kris March 8, 2014

Sending positive vibes to Sketchie!!

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27 Anni S March 8, 2014

I am so sorry! One of my own beloved kitties, Rory, was diagnosed with lymphoma a few years ago, but in his liver. We went through with the treatments (what basically amounted to chemotherapy for cats), and the treatments did help. Cats don’t lose their hair during this kind of treatment like people do, but one side effect is that their whiskers start to fall out (but they will grow back). While treatments were obviously not super fun, Rory never stopped being a happy, active kitty, and was not suffering.

I’m not sure where you’re based out of, but Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in NJ is where I took my cat for his treatments, and they have the best, most competent and caring staff, and the most comprehensive treatment options of anywhere else I looked into.

If you need any advice, or just someone to talk to who’s been through this before, please feel free to email me. Here’s a website that offers a lot of advice and support as well: http://felinelymphoma.org/cms/

Best of luck!

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28 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } March 8, 2014

I adopted two kitten brother that both had Feline AIDS years ago so I have a LOT of experience with kitty medical drama. My heart aches for you right now! I’ll keep you all in my thoughts.

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29 Lindsay March 8, 2014

Oh my. Hugs to all of you! Pet illnesses are just the WORST because there’s no way to possibly explain to them what is going on. Ugh. I’m just so sorry you guys and Sketchie have to go through this. Wishing you all the best. I’ll go hug on my Finnigan now and not put him down even when he rubs his kitty chicken breath mouth all over my face.

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30 Sera March 8, 2014

Hi Angela, I’m really sorry to hear about Sketchie! I have a cat myself, and I know how devastating it would feel to hear such news. Really hope he will respond well to the medication. Take care!

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31 Baby June March 8, 2014

Oh no! So sorry to hear about your cat! Hopefully cookbook success will help lift you guys up–success which is totally well-deserved. I’ll probably buy the cookbook too, it looks beautiful and delicious. Your readers are here for you!

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32 Anne March 8, 2014

Awwww…. poor little Sketchie, I’m sorry, such a pretty cat. I know you’ll take excellent care of him and he’ll be okay. Sending positive thoughts….

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33 Lousi March 8, 2014

So sorry to hear about Sketchie! That is so sad. My thoughts are with you.

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34 The Vegan 8 March 8, 2014

Angela, I teared up reading this. I am so truly sorry to hear this about Sketchie. I know exactly how you feel, as one of my previous cats, “Star” had lymphoma and I was devastated. It was very hard to see him in pain, but I did as you did…showed him tons of love, all that I could give. He knew he was loved. I’ll be praying for Sketchie.

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35 Amanda - RunToTheFinish March 8, 2014

I was just stopping by today to say thank you for all you’ve done over the last 7 years I’ve been reading and am really sorry to hear this!! I truly remember when I started blogging 7 years ago and reading about your little adorable kitten. A few years back we had to put to sleep my 3 year old cat and it was heart breaking, I know people say they are just a pet…but they aren’t, they are more.

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36 Amanda March 8, 2014

Oh Angela, I can only imagine what you must be going through with Sketchie. I get choked up even thinking about my dogs getting sick. My parents lost two cats recently to cancer. One to intestinal cancer and another to squamous cell carcinoma (which is a very sad, very fast-moving jaw/facial cancer). Unfortunately, by the time they caught the intestinal cancer and did surgery, it had already metastasized. It’s so good that you were able to find the lymphoma early. I don’t know what treatment is like for that, but I’m sending lots of healing thoughts to you and Sketchie.

Cancer is so common in pets now, and apparently starts showing up around 6 years+ according to the vets we use. Beyond feeding them the best quality food possible and doing regular check-ups, I’d definitely be interested in other forms of prevention. Keep us updated and give Sketchie some extra snuggles. xoxo

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37 Sarah March 8, 2014

*hugs* I am so sorry about Sketchie. While I don’t have any experience with my kitties and serious diseases, I did lose my gorgeous tom cat Samwise this past summer to a pkd (poor kitty decision) when he tried crossing a road in the dark. He was 6 going on 7 and my little baby boy. I am one kitten away from being the krazy kat lady and still have two of his sisters, his mom and a non-related girl cat that’s the same age as the “kids”. I will give them hugs and tell them to think purry thoughts for Sketchie. many people may not understand the love we humans can have for our kitty kids, but their personalities are so individual and unique it’s what has lead me to change my life style to strive for a vegan life. I see the personalities in all animals now… and it’s hard to want to eat something that is adorable and loving.

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38 Sarah March 8, 2014

You know my heart is with you, girl. <3
Watched the clip–you did fabulously!

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39 Annaliese March 8, 2014

Pets are like family. I can relate to your story, on some level. When I was in middle school, our much-loved family cat (Mr. Butterfingers, or Fingers for short) disappeared for 10 days. We started to search for him after 7, and we finally found him. He had a broken leg, his tail was non-functional, and it was pretty apparent that he was hit by a car (and left by the person who did it).

After an intense vet trip and two surgeries, we could see and feel that Mr. Fingers had enough. We made the painful decision to amputate his leg. The risk for infection, and hurting him by trying to keep him a “normal” cat was too high. We were all scared: would he be the same cat? Would be be able to do the cat-like things he loved with only 3 legs?. We kept our faith in Fingers, our Vets, and decided to go through with it.

Seeing him the first time was hard. But we were so very lucky that he survived the entire trauma, and we truly felt like we did the right thing. After a few days, he was successfully on-the-mend. It was a learning process for our whole family, and it really made us appreciate our Mr. Fingers. He adapted quickly to his new body, and was soon the same tabby cat we all knew and loved…he even developed successful methods to scurry up trees, catch mice, and do the “normal cat things”. We all respected Fingers…he earned his stars!

My point is that in the end, it is imperative to do what is best for the little guy, like any “human” family member. Cats are strong, stubborn creatures, and will adapt with grace to almost any situation with the right nourishment, time and love! You can get through this-and the right path will be made apparent in time…you are already in-tune with your kitty, so listening to him, your vet, and your hearts is the most important part now! Stay strong, and positive! Sending good thoughts your way!

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40 Amber Lynn March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear the news about Sketchie. Whatever you choose to do, I wish you all the best. I cried when I read the news. I don’t know him, but I love all animals dearly. He is in good hands.

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41 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry about Sketchie! I’ve never had a pet but I know they are like family to their owners, so I know how hard this must be. I’ll be keeping him in my thoughts and hoping treatment goes well for the little guy!

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42 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty March 8, 2014

I’m always reading but never commenting – but today it was needed.

I’m so sorry about sketchie – my hearts broken for you guys. Thinking about you.

Jessica

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43 Sue Driscoll March 8, 2014

Oh, Angela! I feel you. I have two bengals, both 10. One of them has had every rare disease you can possibly imagine and, beyond veterinary intervention, I swear I’ve been able to will him to stay alive. The other one was always the healthy ox until last summer when I found a lump in his abdomen. We had it removed and they came back with a subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma prognosis and a 6-month survival rate if I didn’t do anything. I was not willing to go through chemo, so I looked up as much homeo stuff that I could. Started giving him bindweed extract which supposedly prevents new blood vessels to form which tumors need. So far so good. I’m not saying that this would work for Sketchie, just to be open to alternative methods. I wish you and your furball the best…

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44 Marlies March 8, 2014

Hello,

I was so sad when I read your post. We have two 7-month old Russian Blues, who are like sons to us. Their breeder is the most knowledeable person I know when it comes to cats (especially cat nutrition and natural healing). Her website is http://www.blue-majesty.com and she even has a lot of information on the website, including book recommendations. Whenever our cats are not feeling well, we treat them with homeopathic medicine or bach flowers. It might be worth exploring natural remedies for Sketchie (in addition to treatment proposed by the vet).

I’m sending Sketchie and your family lots of positive thoughts!
Marlies

P.S.: I received your cookbook yesterday and it is amazing!!

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45 Kate March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie — I can’t imagine anything happening to my dog, so I know you must be crushed. What a thing to have to deal with amidst everything else!

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46 Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) March 8, 2014

Hi Angela,

So sorry to hear about sketchie :( My heart feels for you as we lost our dog Mac to cancer a few years ago. I still tear up whenever I think about that day but know he is in a better place and free from pain. Wishing you, sketchie and Eric the best with this situation.

Alex

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47 Livvy March 8, 2014

As a fellow pet lover, that post broke my heart. I hope you are able to feel at peace with whatever course of action you decide upon. It’s not easy. Hang in there! xo

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48 Caroline March 8, 2014

I’m sorry to hear about the newest health updates for your cat. Pets become so much a part of our family, and it’s deeply painful when we face something like this. I hope that things go smoothly with treatment and he responds well.

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49 amy webster March 8, 2014

my thoughts are with you, eric & sketchie. XOXOXO

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50 Lizz March 8, 2014

Sending hugs and thoughts to you and Sketchie!

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51 Renee March 8, 2014

I so sorry to hear the news about Sketchie. When I had read your post about Him having to get surgery I was really hoping for good news, unlike what my mom and I got with our cat. We had just gotten a 6month old Savannha kitten in December and we got her from a local shelter after she had been dumped by her breeder and he said there was no hope for her , just put her down :( Well the shelter didn’t want to do that so she was getting treatment for a month and finally she was put up for adoption. Along came my mom and I, and we were not looking to get a cat we were just there visiting since we put our cat before down in Oct. well we ended up adopting our cat which we named Mochi. She was a little skinny , kind of walked funny, and was said to have IBS just like Sketchie. So we were giving her medicine for that and everything was going fine. Well two months later in Feb. one morning, my mom woke up and she was laying in her urine, so I put her in the litter box and she just collapsed. We later that day took her to an animal emergency clinic where we as well got terrible news. Mochi had FIP which is an uncurable disease. How the disease works is it messes with their neurological system, shuts down their organs, and they eventually die. After only two months of having our sweet kitty, my mom and I were not ready for the decision we had to make, but it was what was best for Mochi. We had to put her down and that’s why I was really hoping for a better turn out with Skechtie for he is a gorgeous cat and I hate seeing thse things happen to undeserving animals. I hope you find a treatment for him and things get better!

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52 Deb Macleod March 8, 2014

Oh no…my heart goes out to you guys. Animals return our affection, they bask in our love…it’s such a perfect system…and then illness appears out of nowhere. You are such a caring person, as demonstrated by the life choices you have already made, that being a steward of a sick animal will cause you pain of your own. Living with an open heart is the bravest thing you can do…hugs to all:)

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53 Donna March 8, 2014

Hi. Sorry to hear about your cat. I wanted to let you know that my cat Riley has small cell lymphoma in his intestines as well. We live in suburban Philadelphia so he is being treated at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary hospital. Not sure where you live but I can tell you from previous experience with another cat, the oncologist that you work with is EXTREMELY important. The oncology service at Penn is great. They have a comprehensive approach to treating cancer, designed yo make things easier for you and your cat.

Lymphoma is really treatable, although not curable. Please make sure that your oncologist is treating your cat, not his cancer. While the protocols for lymphoma are fairly generic, they can be customized depending upon your cat’s needs. Same thing with the meds. Some docs will tell you there is only one way to treat. Also not true.

Please feel free to reach out with questions. I know this is a sad and scary time for you.

Donna

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54 Melissa March 8, 2014

Hi Angela,

I am so sorry to hear the news about Sketchie. I was researching online and I came across this website http://www.naturalcatcareblog.com/2013/06/from-incurable-to-cancer-free-in-one-year-how-nate-the-cat-survived-high-grade-lymphoma/
I hope some of that information helps. There are natural supplements and treatments that can help your cat, especially because it’s small cell lymphoma. I’m sure anything to boost Sketchie’s immune system will be of help. Stay positive, he will fight this!

ps. Congrats on your incredible cookbook. I’ve been a reader to your blog for many years, and you truly are an inspiration. Can’t wait to get my hands on your book very soon!

I wish you, Eric and Sketchie the very best to fight and overcome this! xo

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55 Meaghan March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie :(. I have seen the same problem in a Bengal cat in the vet practice I work in, she was being treated with Chemotherapy and she lived 6+ years past her diagnosis. There is hope, don’t give up quite yet see what options are out there and what os best for him. Also don’t be afraid to seek out 2nd opinions and expert advise. Exhaust all resources! I work with a Veterinarian who specializes in chemotherapy so if you need advise I could try and help you out just drop me an email. I’m glad though that he is doing better <3

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56 Robin F March 8, 2014

This breaks my heart – I have been reading your blog for years and always love seeing sketchie.
I hope you get some good advice on his treatment.
My kitty had really bad digestive issues and skin allergies for years until I switched him to a raw diet. I know sketchie’s health issues right now are more serious, but sometimes diet can play a large part (as you know!). Here’s a comprehensive website that has great info on the subject:
http://feline-nutrition.org/
I have also emailed them with questions and they respond–
<3

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57 Christa March 8, 2014

Hi there, I have a similar story: My favorite cat Poncho passed away 1 year ago from intestional lymphoma. He had always been obsessed with food but had lost weight so we took him to the vet. They did an ultrasound and found suspicion of lymphoma. They said there was nothing they could do or I would have done surgery to remove it too. I was giving him prednisone and feeding him with a syringe for about 2 weeks since he wouldn’t eat himself. Within a week of the ultrasound he was gone. You are very lucky, so happy for you that he is doing well after surgery.

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58 Charlie March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie. It is great that he is recovering well though, I’m sure all the love he has from you and Eric helps him!

I just watched your Canada AM interview and it made me crave some overnight oats! I think I’ll make my favorite for tomorrow morning (your oatmeal raisin cookie VOO yummm).

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59 JT March 8, 2014

So sorry to hear about the lymphoma diagnosis, it’s so hard when our babies have to go through things like this. Your Sketchie and both you and Eric are in my thoughts today, praying for the right treatment to be found quickly. Hugs!!!

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60 Alanna March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie and I’m so hopeful that everything goes well for him! My cat Fry was really sick a few years ago so I can totally relate to the pain you are feeling. Stay positive and show him all the love you can. My thoughts are with you all.
-Alanna

Ps my cookbook arrived recently and I am in love with it! Thank you so much for writing such a great book! Congrats :)

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61 HM March 8, 2014

I am sorry to hear this news. My very young cat underwent many rounds of treatment of chemo before it finally became clear the treatment was not working. He was treated at one of the most advanced veterinary schools in the country and received excellent care. However, at no point did any of the veterinary students or their supervisors give the impression that stopping treatment was an option. Please just keep in mind that it is not their job to view things from a spiritual, or even practical, perspective. They are trained to exhaust all possible remedies to the extent you are willing to pay. Looking back, I fear that some of the choices I made were motivated more by my fear of losing my pet that by my consideration of his best interests. We project so much human emotion on to our pets that we lose objectivity and forget that they do not understand that the (often invasive or otherwise painful) treatments are intended to help them. They are often ready to let go well before we are. While going through all of this with him, I was not able to be objective or take my emotions out of the picture but I wish I had been in contact with a person or group of people who had more objectivity. So if you have a “devil’s advocate” type person in your inner circle, you might want to consult with them from time to time as the treatment plan progresses. And remind yourself that no matter the outcome of his illness, you have given Sketchie an amazing life.

Thank you so much for the inspiring work you do.

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62 Claire March 8, 2014

Sorry to hear about your cat! Have you ever heard of using a raw meat based diet for your cat? Its supposed to help tramendously with degenerative diseases for cats. A good book on it is called “Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats” by Beth Taylor. It would probably work best by slowly changing your cats diet. Just a suggestion! :)

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63 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 8, 2014

Hey Claire,

Thanks for your help. We actually tried this diet when we were experimenting with a cure for his digestive issues. Unfortunately he wouldn’t touch any of the food and he stuck his nose up at it everytime! I think we might give it another try with another company just to see if he might take to it. We’ve had him on grain-free for a while and that seems to be helping.

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64 Carrie March 8, 2014

Keep up hope. My own kitty at two years old was diagnosed with a genetic heart condition (HCM), with a partial blood clot in his back legs. The first thing they asked me was whether I wanted to just put him down because he had such bad chances. Making the stupid/emotional choice and ignoring statistics I told them to do their fancy expensive tests and try and extend his life as much as possible. The internet was pretty sure that he would die in about 6 months, the cardiologists were implying it was probably sooner. I was pretty torn up.

He was put on a daily 3-4 pill medication regimen (Pill Pockets are a godsend), which was easy enough for him to follow because food is his life. 4 months after diagnosis I got him another EKG (on a student’s budget… ouch) and the vet informed me that I had a miracle cat and his heart had actually improved. I felt like I had won a victory over veterinary science.

I didn’t, obviously. He still has the disease, I still am not sure if I will come home to a fluffy stiff body, but I’m happy for the extra time that I have with him. I count it as ‘extra’ because it all could have ended at the first vet visit. The decision you have to make is harder because Lymphoma is more progressive than HCM, and I have a lot of sympathy for what you’re going though.

Trust the vets on treatment, if not always on prognosis. Don’t give up hope. Know that Sketchie only cares how he feels, not what he looks like. Also, know that a few more years can still be precious and meaningful. Sympathy and positive thoughts for you and Sketchie!

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65 Cyndi March 8, 2014

So sorry to hear about Sketchie – I recently went through something similar with my dog who is very much my baby. In his case it was a tumour and luckily we found it early and had it removed. Very scary, and it was just heartbreaking to see him with a cone on his head, lying in bed looking miserable, wondering why half of his side had been cut open. All you can do is love them and cherish every minute with them – they’re such a blessing :)

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66 PinaColada March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie, that’s heartbreaking news.. I’m sending all the prayers and good wishes I can your way, hoping and praying he gets better soon!!

Switching to happier news – congratulations on being on Canada AM – and the Steven & Chris show (as a fellow Canadian I was so happy to read that – I love their show!) :)

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67 Ashley March 8, 2014

Love to you, Ange [and Eric]!! Hoping Sketchie continues to heal! Hugs!! — And congrats on an amazing first week with your book. xoxo!

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68 Karlee March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry about Sketchie–I know how much pets are family. Positive thoughts for a healthy and speedy recovery!

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69 Adele March 8, 2014

Angela, longtime reader, longtime cat lover here!
We had two cats diagnosed with cancer around the same time last year (plus one who’d recently died from an unknown heart condition) and it was devastating for us.
The sad story first: Cinnamon had trouble breathing which I thought was going to be a heart issue like his deceased brother Milky Way. An x-ray showed lung cancer and he was given days to live. We opted not to do surgery or chemo due to expense and the unlikelihood it would help weighed against how long and uncomfortable his recovery would be. We went in a few times over the next three weeks and had his lungs tapped to make it easier for him to breathe, but then the lungs started to fill with blood (instead of fluid) and that was no longer an option. A few days later, he stopped eating and became very lethargic and we ended up putting him down. Hardest decision of my life and I miss him (and his brother) dearly.
Now the happier story: Our deaf, chronically ill, former stray Tweak was diagnosed with splenic cancer after an ultrasound was done after feeling a mass in her abdomen. She was given weeks to live and we again opted not to do surgery or chemo for the same reasons listed above. 10 months later and she is our miracle cat and going strong! She gets up to 8 pills a day for her various illnesses, which gets expensive but we think she’s worth it. Plus, she really loves taking her pills! :-) For the cancer, she takes Pepcid of all things for gastric upset and an appetite stimulant and occasionally gets some fluid at the vet (or from her RN mom!) but on the whole is doing remarkably well!
In both situations we talked over the pros and cons of interventions versus palliative care and we went with our gut and did palliative care for both. It was most important for us for them to be comfortable, happy, and to stay in their normal routine as much as possible, which did not include surgery or chemo for us.
Wishing you and Eric all the best in your decisions and sorry for the lengthy post. <3 our fur babies!

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70 Adele March 8, 2014

Oh, and Tweak is on steroids. How could I forget that one, it’s been super helpful for managing her inflammation!

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71 Beth March 8, 2014

Oh, Angela. I am so sorry. I know you must be devastated. My little kitty Mulligan was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma last summer. Because she was 16 and has high blood pressure (!) I chose not to treat the cancer, just the inflammation with an anti-inflammatory steroid medication. She has done fairly well, though the cancer has now spread to her brain, as evidenced by seizures. She will be 17 next week, so all we can do is love her and spoil her and make her as comfortable as can be. I lost my other kitty right before Christmas, and he may have also had it, but we treated it as IBD because he had a lot of other health issues. Anyway, Sketchie is young and strong and wi come through whatever treatment you decide is best for him. Give him lots of love! I’ll be thinking about you all.

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72 Emily @ It Comes Naturally Blog March 8, 2014

God bless! I hope Sketchie is recovering well from having his stitches removed. xxx

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73 dana March 8, 2014

Angela, I was so very sorry to read about Sketchie’s condition. Prayers and positive vibes going out to all three of you and especially for many happy & pain-free days for Sketchie. I know how awful it is when a beloved member of the family is sick.

Got your book this week and it is just beautiful. Can’t wait to make each and every recipe in it. Thanks for all your hard work. It really paid off! Best to you and Eric. Stay strong.

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74 Georgina March 8, 2014

Get well Sketchie! Angela, I have a 12-year-old labrador retriever, and the thought of losing her frightens me. I will hug her for you! I do hope that Sketchie will respond to treatment. Pets are family! On other news, i tried you “On the mend spicy red lentil soup,” from your new cookbook. It’s glorious and got a glowing review from my omnivore husband. I will take a pic soon to post on Twitter. I wish I could just stay home the whole week and cook new recipes!

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75 Shel@PeachyPalate March 8, 2014

Oh you poor thing! Hope things are still looking more positive since you wrote this post and that Sketchie is staying strong! And like you say on a lighter now….but completely awesome, seriously amazing looking cookbook, I’m yet to see if I can get it shipped to Ireland but I want a copy so bad!!! The pictures that I’ve seen (with all the review posts!) are what really draws me in; your photography skills are outstanding!!!

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76 Patti March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to you all! I’ve been through similar illness with my babies and alll I can say is be strong and stay positive! They can read us better than you think!!!
Take care
Patti

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77 The Vegan Cookie Fairy March 8, 2014

Oh no, poor Sketchie! Much love and hugs to you and your furry little loveball. I will give my cat a huge hug now, and take him to the vet asap. I don’t take him often enough for check-ups.

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78 Ali March 8, 2014

I”m so, so sorry to hear about Sketchie. I can’t give any advise except to say that I have been in your position enough times to know how hard it is. Hugs, love, and prayers to your family. <3

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79 Marina March 8, 2014

My heart goes out to you. Let me share this with you, check out The Gentle Barn, an organization that rescues sick and mistreated farm animals in my area (southern California). I know they use a lot of alternative practitioners in addition to vets to treat their animals and get great results.( I visit the place and follow them on fb.) Maybe they can share some info with you, refer someone they worked with, etc. You never know where help migh come from.

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80 Chicago Jogger March 8, 2014

I am so so sorry to hear about your kitty :( Pets are such important members of our families. Wishing you all the best.

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81 Julia March 8, 2014

So sorry to hear this, it really hits home. My beloved dog of 13 years was diagnosed with lymphoma a month ago. He is on chemo and responding positively, but the prognosis is 12-18 months in the best case. Sending you lots of love and congratulations on your beautiful book! I just received it and can’t wait to start recipe testing!

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82 Angie March 8, 2014

Hi Angela,
So sorry to hear about Sketchie. I found some information about a cat overcoming high grade lymphoma using natural treatments in case you are interested. Best wishes to your family during this time and a speedy recovery for him.

http://www.naturalcatcareblog.com/2013/06/from-incurable-to-cancer-free-in-one-year-how-nate-the-cat-survived-high-grade-lymphoma/

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83 Monica March 8, 2014

I’m definitely giving my dog a big hug for you. I hope Sketchie responds to treatment well. He’ll be in our thoughts. <3

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84 Jennifer S March 8, 2014

Hi there – I got the same diagnosis for my cat almost 2 years ago. She is now 13. She has the large cell which is less treatable. I was devastated. I put her though a course of chemo, approx 8 treatments, but she was losing weight so I stopped it. The oncologist and my regular vet thought she’d be gone within the month. That was July 2012. She has completely defied expectations. She put some of the weight back on and has been her silly self ever since. She still plays, runs to the door to see me and looks really healthy. If people weren’t told she has cancer, they’d never know.

I have kept her on Prednisolone for the entire time and I think that has been a huge help.

Don’t give up hope. The key is to keep her eating. The vet can give you appetite stimulants which helps. Also, try every kind of food to keep her interested. Olive changes her mind sometimes so I keep some variety on hand. I pretty much give her whatever she wants to eat.

If you want more info don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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85 Beth March 8, 2014

Poor Sketchie! I’ll be sending him (and you and Eric) lots of positive vibes and healing energy!

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86 Nida March 8, 2014

I wish you lots and lots of good luck with Sketchie! Hopefully he recovers well and he can jump around for another 7 years!

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87 Kristin March 8, 2014

I’m sorry to hear about Sketchie. He is such a great little cat with a wonderful personality. You will make the decision that is best for both him and you.

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88 Karen March 8, 2014

My eyes are teary after reading your post. So very sorry about Sketchie my hearts broken for you guys. You’re all in my prayers.
Karen

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89 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear this but focus on that fact they said he will likely respond well to treatment. A vet will usually give it to you straight if they don’t have a good prognosis. My fur sister had an aggressive form of lymphoma and didn’t have that option. So please do what is suggested. While internet research is good, remember that you’re likely to find a lot of horror stories because unfortunately when people get through the crisis, they rarely come back to message boards/forums to say “hey, everything turned out okay!” like human counterpart medical boards. So stick with reputable sites, give lotsa love and know you’ve got a lot of people saying prayers for your little nugget!

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90 Olya March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie’s diagnosis! I have a cat and a dog that both had surgeries done but can not imagine having to go through lymphoma. After reading your beautiful, if tragic, piece, I broke into tears and went to hug my dog. Sending you all the positive vibes!

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91 Ting March 8, 2014

My heart goes out to dear Sketchie. I am so sorry to hear this! It breaks my heart too, he seems like is such a loving and happy cat. He is lucky to have you two in his family and I am sure he will get better. It is good you caught it early!!

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92 Mimi March 8, 2014

Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your sweetie. We had to say goodbye to our sweetheart Mason over Christmas. He had been with us for 14 years. He was always a trooper and responded to treatments to some serious issues he had developed. Not until the last 6 months we started to see a change in him and we finally knew when it was time. Although we still fought tooth and nail to look for treatments. Praying for your little one, for wisdom in choosing what path to take and for your hearts! And yes, I will now go hug my other kitty, who is our remaining little princess. ;-)

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93 Katrina March 8, 2014

This is so sad to read and I can feel your pain by reading your words. Our cat was diagnosed with kidney disease around this time last year and he was only 8 at the time. So I can understand what you are going through. I hope Sketchie lives a very long time! I’m thinking of you, Eric and your cat during this time. :o)

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94 Faye March 8, 2014

Hello Angela,
From an animal lover to another I feel you hurting snd struggling with such news. I thought I might share a wonderful link that helped my pets get through some tough diagnosis and go on and live long happy lives. Take a look and see how you feel… sketchie is so lucky to have you both. Take care and feel a hug right back!!

http://www.hampl.com.au
A holistic online vet who has helped animals worldwide. Fantastic people. Xxx

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95 Luv What You Do March 8, 2014

Oh I am so sorry! We adopted a kitten in August and I am so head over heals in love with him! Reading this post just reminds me to enjoy every moment we have. Thinking of you and your furry friend!

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96 Jodi March 8, 2014

Angela,

I know all of this all too well. My two sibling cats were diagnosed several years ago with IBD, basically by process of elimination. Prednisolone was their treatment, and it managed it well for quite a while. We were told that long term use of Pred could cause lymphoma…. but there was no real choice. Their symptoms (daily vomiting and diarrhea) were so extreme. My little girl Daisy (my HEART!) was diagnosed with lymphoma in October. She turns 17 this year. At first, she was lethargic, and did not do well even though we were told that most cats tolerate the chemo treatment (pills) very well with few side effects. We had to change the appetite pill and stopped the pain meds and she is doing really well! I am grateful for every good day I get with her, and her quality of life is the only consideration here. We can’t just extend life. Life has to be good, and full of happy and love! I would be more than happy to discuss our experience with you. Her lymphoma is also in her intestines, and she also happens to have had Pancreatitis already existing to further complicate. Our protocol may be helpful to you. Email me if you like. I’m here for you, with a compassionate and understanding heart. Praying for you all!!
xoxo ~ Jodi

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97 Shawnna March 8, 2014

Oh Angela, I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchis’s diagnosis! I will keep him in my prayers and hope for goid news. We had a cat, Boris who had a stomach tumor removed when he was 14. We figured that since that’s around 70 in human years, he wasn’t that old. We did chemotherapy for several months after and he did very well. He wound up living until he was 20 and was a very happy guy until the end. I know it’s different than lymphoma, but just wanted to share my experience. We had people tell us we were crazy for spending money we didn’t have on an “old” cat. Boris proved them all wrong :)

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98 Olivia March 8, 2014

First off, I am so sorry, in all honesty I had to stop reading this post as soon as I saw the word “lymphoma”, we just lost one of our babies to the same disease in November, he went into cardiac arrest and couldn’t be revived. However, he was 12, some say it was time, but as a fellow pet parent the loss is still unbearable. My thoughts and prayers are with the the three of you, hang in there the best you can, hug each other as much as you can and take so many pictures, I realized once our Peter was gone there weren’t enough pictures it seemed. So all my love, and Kathy Patalksy of Healthy, Happy Life had some helpful advice. Take care!! And congrats on your book!!

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99 Kari @ bite-sized thoughts March 8, 2014

Angela, I am so sorry to hear the news about Sketchie. What a tough week you have had managing the OSG book release and media publicity (obviously great things but tough when you have other things on!) around your concerns about his health. I haven’t got any practical advice to offer on treatment options but will definitely be thinking of you and him xo

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100 Catherine @ foodiecology March 8, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear the news about Sketchie. Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts concerning his surgery recovery + treatment. I’m sure you and Eric will make the best decision for Sketchie’s well-being.

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101 Em March 8, 2014

My kitty who had FELV and FIV was diagnosed with lymphoma last year. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to him so I opted to initiate palliative treatment. His liver and spleen were full of cancer and after several months, I had to say goodbye as he just wasn’t able to have the life he wanted to live. I am not sure I made the right choice to keep him alive, I cried almost every day that summer, and when I made the decision to let him pass, I cried again for days. Even now, I cry when I am reminded of him (your kitty’s shaved belly is much like my baby’s shaved belly). There is no good answer to seeing your babies suffer, I just wish we knew when it was definitely time to let them go.

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102 Amelia J March 8, 2014

Poor Sketchie with his cute little bare belly. He has some great support around him. :)

Also, just made my first two recipes from your book… the edamame/sprouts/carrots/sweet potato bowl with the orange miso sauce was SO GOOD! And the chocolate hazelnut tart… I didn’t have enough ingredients to make the whole thing, so I made a few mini tarts in silicone cupcake wrappers. So yummy! And so pure!

Thank you. I gave my little kitty TONS of pets and a big hug after reading your post. Sketchie will be in my thoughts.

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103 kendy March 8, 2014

sending you much love and healing thoughts for your precious kitty.

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104 Janet March 9, 2014

Angela. So sorry for the Sketchie’s recent problems and diagnosis and will include
Sketchie, Eric and you in prayers in the coming weeks. Although I rarely respond to
your page, I truly enjoy your recipes and comments on life, but today felt like I needed
to let you know how your readers are affected.

*My copy of your book came yesterday- love the recipes and will put at least a new one
in our meal plans soon.

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105 Jessica Lauren DeBry March 9, 2014

Oh Angela, tears streamed down my face as I read this post. Our pets are like our children, and we treat them like part of the family. I am sending so many good vibes your way to you and Sketchie!

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106 Ashley March 9, 2014

Sending good thoughts to you and Eric and Sketchie. He is a trooper, I just know it! I just ran over and hugged my pug (who didn’t seem so enthused about being hugged during her naptime).

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107 Megan March 9, 2014

<3 Sketchie. sending you love and prayers!!

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108 Debbi March 9, 2014

Sorry to hear about your cat’s lymphoma. PLEASE read the Amazon reviews for Essiac Tea!
People are raving about this cancer treatment for their pets & themselves!

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109 Sigrid March 9, 2014

Oh, Angela! I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie! I know how it is seeing your beloved companion animal sick and in pain. My dog, who I grew up with, who was my nanny and my bodyguard when I was a baby, passed away after several months of pain. In hindsight, we were the ones who did the wrong thing. We should have brought him to the vet to at least put an end to his misery, but we just couldn’t bear the thought of losing him. Because of that, he spent the last few months of his life in pain, his internal organs failing one by one and his blood circulation practically non-existent.

However, it seems to me that things are different with Sketchie. As you say, he seems to be feeling better, which is always a good sign. If there’s anything I’ve learnt after having lived with animals all my life, it is that they will show and tell you if something is wrong. If the vet says that he will have a few years left with you, see that as an opportunity to cherish and show how much you love him, every single day. I know it is hard, but there is comfort in that thought as well.

I wish all three of you the best of luck! I’m currently sipping your recipe for the Morning Glory smoothie from your cookbook! I must say that you have done an outstanding job! Also made the fudgy chocolate cake last night for my omnivorous housemates and they all loved it!

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110 Judy March 9, 2014

Angela, I am so sorry to hear this news. I went through this myself last year & yes, we were totally blindsided. Simba had had a clean bill of health in sept, but I knew something was wrong & we learned of his lymphoma dx in nov.

First I’ll tell you that we know several people with cats with lymphoma who responded well to treatment & are doing well.

We chose not to do chemo. Simba had a particularly aggressive form & that just wasn’t the life I wanted for him. I still struggle with that decision – we had to let him go last January. He did ok for a while (we did see a holistic vet), but went downhill very rapidly in the last few days of his life.

I hope & pray sketchie responds well & you have much more quality time with him.

Big hugs.

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111 Alison March 9, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie. I hope that he makes a full recovery.

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112 Lynn March 9, 2014

Last night we enjoyed another of your recipes, Angela, but will heavy hearts for dear Sketchie! Our thoughts are with you always.

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113 Ingrid King March 9, 2014

Oh Angela, I’m so sorry. My heart goes out to you. I have some experience with lymphoma kitties both personally and from my years of working in veterinary clinics. I’ll email you.

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114 Nancy A. March 9, 2014

Sketchie is such a beautiful cat! So sorry for his ill health, will pray for the little guy. They just tug at our heart and I love my cat so much. Can’t hardly stand the thought of losing him.

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115 Jade March 9, 2014

Angela, I am so sorry to hear this sad news about Sketchie. Will be thinking of you and praying for Sketchie’s recovery. I know you will love and comfort him through this difficult time.

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116 NancyNurse March 9, 2014

Dear Sketchie,

You are soooo handsome and you have two wonderful parents, so you must get well for them! You can do it, Sketchie; I just know you can. Visualize yourself as all healed; all perfect inside (which you are already anyway!)

I’m sending you some beautiful Angels with their magnificent Angel Wings to hold you tight – you already have your own fabulous Angels, but we can always use more, can’t we? Sending some for Mommy and Daddy too!

You are SO LOVED, Sketchie and I love your beautiful eyes.

Our two kitties send their love and they say: “Get well, Sketchie!” We are all praying for you sweetheart.

Love,

Nancy, Marty, Katie and Bailey
County Cork, Ireland

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117 Kim March 9, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about your precious baby and I pray he recovers from this. What a sweet little face. :(
Our Edmund just gave us a scare (10 days very ill with undiagnosed gastro issues). He’s since come home and been ill again once. I’m hoping it’s just an irritable gut.
Cats can be tough, and Sketchie is lucky to have such awesome parents who are willing to go the distance with him.

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118 Kristy March 9, 2014

Angela, before you make an decisions take your cat up to the vet program at Guelph university. The specialists there deal with complicated cases. Good luck.

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119 Melissa March 9, 2014

I am so sorry about Sketchie :( Praying that you have many more years with him.

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120 Sarah Burns March 9, 2014

I’m sitting at my kitchen table, trying to eat breakfast. I’m crying my eyes out, now my husband has joined me. I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie. We have a 2 1/2 year old orange tabby boy, Chippy. He is our son. This story hits us hard because something similar happened when Chippy was almost 1. He is all better! He is the love of our life. Best of luck to you guys, kisses to Sketchie. Also, congrats on the book. I can not wait to receive mine!

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121 The Macadame March 9, 2014

Oh Angela – my heart goes out to you, Eric and little Sketchie!
I hope that the treatment goes well! A massive congrats on your cookbook and know we are all thinking of you :)
The Macadame. xx
creamstop.com

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122 Megan March 9, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about Sketchie. I had a cat that we learned had feline AIDS. It was quick-moving from when we found out to when he passed, and it was the hardest thing to go through and overcome. I am so glad Sketchie is getting better, and that he is a young cat – he will beat it!
Also, congrats on the continued success of the book!!

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123 Sweaty Circus March 9, 2014

In my “real life” I work at a vet clinic. Don’t fret about the staple removal….it is a really quick five minutes or less thing and it isn’t painful and there is no sedation or anything required.
It sounds like the treatment your vet has done up to this point is “good medicine” and you are very lucky to have a good veterinarian be an advocate for your fur baby! *hugs*

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124 Lori B March 9, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie!!! It is so hard when our pets are sick! We are a family of cat lovers and would be devastated if/when something happens to our Igma. Hugs!

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125 Laurie Buchanan March 9, 2014

As a companion animal enthusiast, it’s heartbreaking to receive this kind of news. Wishing you and yours peace of mind.

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126 Heather March 9, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about Sketchie. Like many other comments have mentioned, reading about your life day in and day out really makes us feel a connection to you and your family. I read through most of the comments on both posts last night and wanted to suggest (I didn’t notice it, so if it was mentioned, sorry I missed it.) one last food option. For picky cats who love dry food and won’t transition to raw or all wet food diet, we tried a moist kibble from Whole Foods- brand is Fresh Pet called Nature’s Fresh, comes in resealable little plastic baggies in the refrigerate pet section that is only gently pasteurized and grain free. It has a pretty limited (for pet food) ingredient list and my baby goes bonkers for it. We don’t have it constantly since my Whole Foods is an hour away, but he positively glistens when it is his primary food for a few days. My neighbor who feeds cheap grocery store food would probably have a heart attack at the price, but it’s competitively priced with other high protein grain free options. The only thing is is being gently processed means it is only good for like a week after opening so you have to watch the big bags and it stinks. Like a LOT! Just something that may be worth trying, I know anything you can get him to eat while he recovers from surgery would be great, since you mentioned he is so picky it may be something to look into if you can source it there.

Love and kitten snuggles from Florida.

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127 marilyn March 9, 2014

First of all, my heart goes out to you and your sweet lil baby. Secondly, I wanted to let you know that we had a great dane who lived to be almost 12 years old who had lymphoma, and was treated by a holistic veterinarian. Great Danes are notoriously short lived, so this was huge. Any treatment that she had was completely non invasive and complementary to her having a happy peaceful life. Not sure where you live, but many holistic vets wilk do phone appts. May bring you a little peace of mind to know that there can be long quality life, even with lymphoma. Sending Sketchie healing, warm, lovey, positive vibes!

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128 Michelle March 9, 2014

I am sending Sketchie lots of Reiki!!! I know that he can get through this!!! I haven’t had an animal with cancer before, but I did have a dog who I almost lost 2 years ago from a rare blood disease. On top of the veterinary treatments I explored various energy healing techniques and had lots of reiki and BodyTalk sessions for her. Within 2 months she was off of her meds and is still her puppyish self. The vets are still shocked as they have never seen a dog respond so quickly and not relapse. They honestly thought that she wouldn’t make it because she was so far gone when they found it. This worked for me, but every animal, family and illness is different, but I highly recommend looking into some energy work, it is always a great compliment. It has led me down an amazing path working with animals. Sketchie is in my prayers and my Reiki healings.

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129 Michelle March 9, 2014

Oh, I forgot to mention that at the time my dog had just turned 7. She will be 10 this year and not a day goes by that I don’t thank everyone involved for her health and the time that I still have with her. All the best to you, Sketchie and Eric.

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130 Miranda March 9, 2014

Hi Angela,

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie. I started tearing up when reading your post. I’m a cat mother too :) and I wouldn’t know what I would do without them. I experienced something similar but it was with a kitten who my husband and I adopted. The poor guy ended up being so sick and the vets didn’t know what was wrong with him. We were going to spend thousands on him for surgery but he wasn’t strong enough to go through it. It’s the hardest thing to go through and I can only pray that Sketchie makes a full recover and gains more health and strength every day. Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way!!

Miranda

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131 Kathy March 9, 2014

Angela,

I am sorry to hear your news and I hope that you have time to enjoy Sketchie as long as possible. I am a dog person, not a cat person – but I can relate to your love of an animal. Our sweetheart, Tasha died in August at age 7 from a very aggresive cancer tumor that was leaking into her system. She was running through the yard the night before, catching a ball, full of energy and boundless love for all of us, and the following morning she was dying before my eyes. It was unfathomable and so painful, even as I write this today. I was screaming at the unfairness of it all – lots of stuff was going on in our lives that was not good; but she was the part that was all good. I can’t describe the pain of losing her but I know that she was enjoyed every moment that we had her, she was loved and she returned it to us. They give us so much more than we give them. So I guess what I am trying to say is just love her and enjoy every moment you have – it is finite, but it always is.

Take care and be gentle with yourselves.

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132 Rachel March 9, 2014

Thinking of you at this difficult time. I will send positive thoughts your way for little Sketchie.

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133 Teresa March 9, 2014

I can’t help but post. I usually don’t. It made me tear up. Your poor kitty. I hope he responds to treatment and has a long happy life. I had a really rough year last year with my two kitties. Both of them past away. I am hoping for the best for you guys.
I am glad he perked up and is feeling better.
They are such a part of the family, they feel love and give love.

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134 Miller March 9, 2014

I have enjoyed seeing Sketchie’s photos in your blogs. He is a beautiful cat on the outside and ovviously on the inside too! Anyone can see how much he is loved! I will be thinking of you, Eric and Sketchie in the days to come. You and Eric are the best parents a kitty could have!

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135 Kira - The Healthable Old Soul March 9, 2014

Angela,

Animals have a gentle soul making them a part of the family instantly! Sketchie is just adorable and even though I just met him, I will never forget him as his soul speaks to mine!

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136 Cara March 9, 2014

Love to y’all and Sketchie. <3

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137 Lala March 9, 2014

So sorry about Sketchie :(

On a happier note, you did an amazing job on tv! I hope you get you own cooking show someday, you’d do so well! :)

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138 Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen March 9, 2014

Oh Angela I am so sorry to hear the news about your beloved Sketchie <3 Sending lots of love and positivity your way to you and your little kitty. <3

I am so happy for you that you got a chance to be on the S and C show and Canada AM! Congratulations on all your cookbook success – you are such an inspiration !

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139 Coni March 9, 2014

Sending hugs to all of you. Glad to hear that Sketchie is rebounding!
Hoping the treatments go well. Will keep you all in my thoughts n prayers.

Thank you for your beautiful book. I am enjoying it daily! Reading and eating!

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140 Rosanna March 9, 2014

I can’t imagine what you are going thru now!.. My kitty cat (12 years old) is my little boy. We adopted him when he was 1 1/2 or 2 maybe and he’s been a blessing. He travels with us when on vacation.. we hardly leaving him behind.. I’m sure that what you are doing is going to help him get better! Positive thoughts and all our blessings to Sketchie!..

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141 Kelly March 9, 2014

So very sorry about your sweet, beautiful kitty. Lost one of our to cancer last year. I understand. Get better buddy. Prayers for Kitty.

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142 Teri March 9, 2014

Hi Angela –

I’ve been following your blog for quite a while now, and I also pre-ordered your cookbook. It came on Thursday, and I LOVE IT!! Thank you so much for all the delicious and healthy recipes!! You are my go-to girl anytime I’m looking for a vegan version of, well, anything. I also tell anyone and everyone who will listen about you. In fact, I took your book to work on Friday to entice people to buy it. ;)

I’m a cat mom myself. I had two wonderful babies, Chaos and Madness (brother and sister). Madness left us last February at the age of 16, so it’s just me and my boy now. I say that to say that my thoughts and warm hugs are with you. I know how incredibly heart wrenching it is when your baby is sick and you have to make decisions for them. I wish you, Eric, and Sketchie much love, the right treatments, and a long, happy life together.

Warmest regards and furry hugs from,
Teri and Chaos
(Fort Worth, Texas)

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143 Emily March 9, 2014

Following you through the years and hearing about the wonderful mischievous little guy that is Sketchie, this sad news truly hit me like he was my own! I’m so terribly sorry to hear.

Sending thoughts and prayers!

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144 Wendy March 9, 2014

Every day for your beloved putty pat is a bonus day! I am so glad you caught the issues early on. I was so pleased to hear you value his quality of life above all. Decisions about our pets are wrought with self doubt. You will find the path which is good for you and your Sketchie. I will be thinking of you during this journey.

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145 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2014

Yes his quality of life is everything to me and will be at the forefront of all our decisions. Thanks for all your support Wendy!

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146 Jennifer Moneagle March 9, 2014

Hello –
I am hearbroken for you and Sketchie – I truly know what you are going through, but I can also offer you some hope.
In October 2012 my dear Abigale was also diagnosed with lymphoma after exporatory surgery. It was in her pancreas which is somewhere the vets hadn’t seen it before and it was large cell. I know what you have been reading – we read it all too. However, Abbey was only seven years old and my heart – there was no way I could let her go without trying to do something. So we opted for the chemotherapy even knowing the odds.

Abbey is with me today and has been in remission since January of 2013. The treatment went through April 2013, but they couldn’t find any signs of cancer after January. We go back for bloodwork and a checkup now every 3-4 months. The vets call her their miracle girl. She tolerated the treatments pretty well until the last month and by then she was just tired of them – but she was loving and gentle throughout.

I also worked with an animal communicator by the name of Edwina Gustafson who helped me help Abbey. Our agreement was if Abbey wanted to stop, we would. Abbey wanted to fight and stay with us and so we kept going……and I would do it all over again.

Having said that, it was very expensive and I was fortunate to be able to cover it. I don’t know where you live, but we were referred by our vet to the Charleston Veterinary Referral Clinic – CVRC – in Charleston, SC. They are wonderful.

If you would like more details, please contact me.

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147 Valerie March 9, 2014

Angela–So sorry to hear about Sketchie–praying real hard for a recovery. Congrats on the new book and promo schedule…you were born to be on TV. Take good care, Valerie

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148 Marni March 9, 2014

I am so sorry about your cute, sweet kitty! It is the hardest thing having a pet that is ill. They’re such important parts of our families!

On a positive note, I received your cookbook this week. I absolutely LOVE it. It totally surpassed all of my high expectations I had (I love your blog, so I knew your book would be amazing!). The pictures are gorgeous and the recipes are perfect. Thanks for such an incredible tool! Congrats and best of luck with Sketchie!

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149 Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake March 9, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. They really do become part of the family. I’m sending all my love, thoughts and prayers for him to get better.

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150 Sara March 9, 2014

Hi Angela, With nearly 200 responses I wondered if one more would matter. But you have brought so much goodness to my life through your recipes and blog posts that I wanted to give something to you this time. Sally, my ten year old cocker spaniel, is “my Sketchie”. One year ago this week she underwent surgery to remove tumors from her lungs that were lymphoproliferative; I was devastated and terrified and unsure how best to make choices for her. Today the sun is shining, daffodils are blooming, and she has been snuffling around the backyard & rolling blissfully on her back. There IS hope. You three are in my prayers!

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151 mariz March 9, 2014

I’m not someone to leave a comment, but my heart goes out to you and Sketchie, I would die if something happened with my bengal baby Loki-san. Sending you my warmest thoughrs.

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152 Michelle H. March 9, 2014

So sorry to hear this sad news about Sketchie. It’s always so hard for pet lovers to get this kind of news. Hoping there’s a great treatment for him.

Just came back from going to Costco and your book was sold out! Sad times! I came right home and ordered it. So hoping it arrives quickly I watched your segment on Canada AM and you did great and you looked freaking amazing. You really were glowing.

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153 Sabrina March 9, 2014

Hi Angela,
I read your blogs regularly. I’m sorry to hear this awful news. I would like to offer a website, a Dr. Marlene Siegel of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center. I met her last October she is a very experienced holistic veterinarian living in Florida. I’m not sure where you are based, but Dr. Marlene is available on skype and I’m sure would be able to help you.
Here’s some text taken from her website:

Welcome to Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, a full service medical and surgical facility that integrates the most advanced western medical services (digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, advanced ophthalmology, and dental radiography) with the widest complement of alternative medicine in the state. In addition to performing Live Blood Analysis, Dr. Marlene Siegel masterfully blends holistic arts such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, homotoxicology, Chinese herbs, advanced nutrition, nutraceuticals, essential oils, Bach flower remedy, therapeutic laser, and intrinsic energy products to gain the highest level of success in case management. Her practice treats small animals, exotics, and performance horses.

http://www.pascovet.com/our_staff.html

Just as the right sorts of food is nutritious for humans the same can be said for animals as well, as I discovered during one of her lectures about animals she cares for.

I wish you and your family well in your search for healing your cat.

Love and best wishes,

Sabrina
London, UK

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154 Warren Wisner March 9, 2014

I made these cookies last week using dark choco chips instead of a candy bar. My wife thought they were pretty good but she does not care for chocolate. I thought they were a little too sweet, so I made a second batch leaving out the cocoa, using 1/4 cup brown and coconut sugar and added a 1/2 cup flaked coconut. My wife thought these were exceptional. I like them too. great recipe

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155 Angela Bonnell March 9, 2014

Hi
My cookbook just arrived and I have to tell you how impressed I am. Not only do the recipes look great, but the photography does as well! I have been following your blog for a few years now and I love your recipes! This cookbook did not disappoint. Keep up the great work. I look forward to the next one:)

Angela

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156 Mieke March 9, 2014

Dear Angela,
I’m thinking of you and Sketchie. With loving parents like you and Eric, he will get the best care.
One of my cats had diabetes. We decided not to treat him, but to love him until it was clear he was suffering. He went peacefully at the vets’ office. Only you and Eric can make the best choice, because you know Sketchie the best. Please give him a cuddle from me!

I pre-ordered your cookbook, but since I’m from the Netherlands the book will arrive coming week. This is a really good patience practice, can’t wait until I have it in my hands!
I’ve great respect for how you build up your business, you truly inspire me!
Mieke

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157 Nancy March 9, 2014

Angela, I had tears welling up in my eyes reading about Sketchie. I just want to give you guys a hug.

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158 Sara Nickel March 9, 2014

I’ve been reading your blog for almost 3 years now. I first must say I am so sorry to hear about Sketchie. He is a trooper! I am happy to say though, that I got your cookbook in the mail yesterday. It is beautifully threaded together with your journey to wellness and who you are. Thank you for your blog, recipes, and book! You are amazing!

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159 Alex @ Kenzie Life March 9, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie! You’ll all be in my thoughts and I hope he’s able to make a speedy and full recovery. I just got your cookbook and have been looking forward to its arrival since I pre-ordered it a while ago. I was so excited that I torn open the package and just marveled at the recipes (I had to get the parfait cover one, I’m just in love with it). I’ve been a reader since 2010 (under names since I’ve gone through quite a few blogs in this time), and I’m just really excited for you because it’s been great to see your blog grow into something that keeps getting more amazing. Thank you for all you do and being you!

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160 Traci March 9, 2014

Poor babe, I also do not do well when my babies are sick. How lucky Sketchie is to have a mommy and daddy that care so much. Get will soon!

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161 Deborah March 9, 2014

Your cookbook arrived today, a Sunday. Excited to have it. You are a success! I started following you about three years ago when a friend told me about the yummy avocado pasta recipe. I have to say that I really love the pictures of Sketchie. I remember showing him to my husband. I wanted a picture of him for my house….. We had to say goodbye to our 3year old yorkie a year ago due to a brain abnormality. It is so sad to see a pet family member suffer. I wish for comfort for you and Sketchie. I hope he does really well with the available treatment. I am sending you the very best wishes.

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162 Kate March 9, 2014

I’m so sorry about Sketchie. Sending love to all of you. It is so hard when a pet is sick.

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163 Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa March 9, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about your cat! I’ve had many animals in my life and I know how hard it is when they are sick or passing away. I wish all the best to you and Sketchie and hope treatment goes well so he can stick around for a long time :)

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164 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 9, 2014

Ange, I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie’s diagnosis. I’m not currently a pet owner, but I can only imagine that it’s one of the most devastating things to experience. I’m keeping all 3 of you in my prayers and hope that his health improves. I know he’s got two incredibly loving owners to give him all the TLC he needs!
On a lighter note, again, LOVED being there with you last week at Steven and Chris and I’m so grateful to have been part of it. I still get shivers up my spine when I think about how successful the book has been in its first week and I know it will only continue as your message makes its way out to more and more people. Sending you a great big hug!! :)

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165 Caroline March 9, 2014

Hi Angela, I am a veterinarian and unfortunately lymphoma is something that we are seeing more and more often in cats. If you are able to I would strongly recommend speaking to a veterinary oncologist. Cats tolerate chemotherapy so well and Sketchie seems like such a lovely little cat. They can tell you about the pros and cons and give you an accurate prognosis as well.
So sorry about Sketchie:(
Caroline

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166 Cheryl K March 9, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie. I faced the same dx with my heartdog Oneida. Oneida was dx with lymphoma and 3 months later so was our other dog Scitzo. We did chemo for both. Oneida was fortunate surviving for 16 months (longer than the statistics) and Scitzo was truly blessed. She had 6 months of chemotherapy, went into remission after the first treatment and just celebrated her 6th year in remission. Miracles can and do happen.

Best of luck,
Cheryl
Angel Oneida and Scitzo

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167 Deborah Hermon March 9, 2014

So sorry your baby is sick!!! My cat Molly had kidney failure last year and she eventually had to be put down, but the worst part for me was seeing her sick and suffering. Praying for you and your family.
P.S. Also ordered your cookbook today since it is impossible to find in stores! Sold out!

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168 shan March 9, 2014

I am so very sorry to hear about Sketchie. We had a recent health scare with two of our fur gang and I know how terrifying and stressful it is. Thankfully they have recovered and we hope for the same for Sketchie. Thinking of you and sending hugs and purrs!

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169 Amanda March 9, 2014

Oh Ange! I’m so very sorry about Sketchie! I hope everything goes well. It’s good to hear that his surgery was uncomplicated and he’s healing well. Cats are so resilient!

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170 Sharon March 9, 2014

Years ago my cat Emma, who was only 6 at the time, was diagnosed with nasal passage lymphoma. At that time I was told that with chemotherapy, she would probably live 8-10 MONTHS. But chemo would make her more comfortable. So I put her through chemo in the hopes that her final months would be comfortable. And she lived. In fact, she lived 8+ YEARS, breaking my heart when she was 14 years old. And I can honestly say that she only had a couple of not-great days during chemo. For all the rest, she seemed happy and normal. I know many people say they would not put their pets through chemo, but I think it’s worth it. It doesn’t always work (I lost another cat within 8 months to lymphoma), but it’s worth a shot. Good luck with Sketchie. I know this is a hard time, more for you than for him.

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171 Beckie March 9, 2014

Angela,
I wan you to know I wish you the very best on the new cookbook. You were the first person I started to follow when I decided to go to a plant based diet; you have the best stuff.
I will keep you in my prayers as you, Eric and Sketchie are on this journey to get him well. It is hard to make those decision for a family member. Last June our German Shepherd was very sick and the out come was not a positive one. We think of her often.
Best of luck to you all

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172 Linda Bickford March 9, 2014

Angela, I’m another one who reads your posts but I don’t think I’ve ever commented until now. I read this evening of Sketchie and the lymphoma you are now battling. What a beautiful boy he is <3 I'd like to do some distance Reiki for him if its OK. I hope you have success with treatment. I just love all animals and hope to help in whatever small way I can.
Linda Bickford in Massachusetts

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173 Jenn March 9, 2014

Will keep Sketchie in my thoughts. My dog had to have 3 lumps removed a few months ago and was so sad seeing her not herself after surgery. Now she’s doing much better and I hope the same for your sweet cat.

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174 Kathy March 9, 2014

Praying for Sketchie – I know how it is – the worst. Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers your way. So glad he is bouncing back from the surgery. And I am so glad Sketchie has such loving owners. Don’t we wish all animals did! All the best and thanks for all you do. I was a vegetarian for 17 years before becoming a vegan – I couldn’t have done it without you!

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175 Hong Mei March 10, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about your cat. I think we all have had hard decisions to make when it comes to the health of our pets. I think you are on the right path though, thinking about quality of life. Sketchie’s life is not over yet, cherish every moment, and no matter what treatment you choose for him (or none), your love is the best medicine. I wish you the best.

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176 Asa March 10, 2014

I wish Sketchie all the best and I hope he’ll respond well to treatment. When I read this, I started crying and went to pet my two cats. Sometimes it feels as though I’ll never learn to appreciate them enough.

I don’t believe in sending healing energy, but I’ll do it anyway. Just in case.

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177 Sandra Tranmer March 10, 2014

Oh Angela, I’m so sorry about this sad news and I’m thinking of you, Eric and of course, darling Sketchie. My closest friends are not “animal people” so do not understand that a beloved pet becomes a member of your family and that you can become deeply attached to them. But I comppletely understand your feelings: I have had my cat Candy for almost 15 years and she’s been my most constant companion all these years and she’s the apple of my son’s eye.
When she started suffering from epilepsy a few years back, I found out all the information I could about the condition (you are right: knowledge IS power!) and completely changed her lifestyle, from the food I feed her to the dish I feed her in. I also started a homeopathy treatment, which has been successful – her fits are less frequent and less severe than they were. Yes, it means that she has to take a few drops of medicine EVERY day, twice a day and the medicine is expensive but I (and my son) wouldn’t have it any other way. The quality of life of our beloved Candy is of the utmost importance to us.
As shocking and upsetting as this news is, Sketchie’s condition has been picked early and it is hoped he will respond well to treatment.
If you are open-minded about alternative methods, I would encourage you to find out information about homeopathy treatment that could help support Sketchie’s recovery alongside his traditional treatment (if this is the way you decide to go.)

I wish you all the best of luck, give you all a big hugs and I’m sending Sketchie many healing thoughts.

Take care,
Sandra xx

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178 Deb March 10, 2014

So sorry to hear! We lost a cat due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I still grieve for this loss over 10 years later. animals become such an integral part of our lives that they are family. I hope Sketches responds well to treatment.

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179 Sarah March 10, 2014

Hi Angela,

So sorry about your beloved Sketchie.
My parents Basenji had Lymphoma, they took her for treatment at the VEC in Toronto.
I cannot say enough good things about her care, the centre and the staff. She lived for years after her initial diagnosis.
I also had my sweet boy under the treatment of a cardiologist at the VEC when he was 15 and in heart failure, we had the gift of an extra year with him.
If you would like more specific details of the treatments or cost, email me.

Just want to also mention how much I love your blog and recipes.
I have learned so much about cooking on here!
I am also loving the new recipe book.

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180 Kelly March 10, 2014

You and Sketchie are in my thoughts! Wishing you the best.

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181 Meg Chase March 10, 2014

Sending you love, positive vibes, and hope from Boston. Pets are our family,reminding us about kindness and unconditionality– It’s never easy or fair to see one of them hurt. Good luck with Sketchie, Angela!

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182 Leah G. March 10, 2014

*tears* into my green smoothie this morning. Wishing you the best for your lovely sweet kitty. Keep us posted

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183 Bethy March 10, 2014

I’m so, so, sorry! my cat just died last year of old age but i certainly can not say I know how you feel so I’m not even going to try. I love animals of all kinds but especially cats. I hope he feels better soon! ):

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184 Michelle March 10, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear your beautiful cat isn’t feeling well. I know how difficult it is to decide what treatments are best and to sort through it all. I find Robert McDowell has a wonderful site with good info. They will call you and answer any questions you have as well.
http://www.herbal-treatments.com/treatments/for-cats/1159-feline-lymphoma
I’d also like to share a success story – Years ago my aunt had taken in an outside cat, when he was around 7-8 years old he got really sick. The vet told her he had leukemia and she should put him down right then. She refused, brought him home and fed him ground up raw chicken liver. He got stronger & more alert little at a time then completely recovered and lived another 11 years.
I will keep Sketchie in my prayers and send positive thoughts. Best of Luck.

BTW, love your site! I’d love to see Sketchie on the cover of a future book for raw pet food:)

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185 Jennifer March 10, 2014

I am new to your blog and just got your cookbook, which I am thrilled with and have really enjoyed the recipes I have made so far…I can’t wait to make the salt and vinegar roasted chickpeas. Congratulations on such a beautiful book!
I am so sorry about the news about your cat – I am so glad you were able to catch it early and I hope he responds to the treatment well. He is adorable!

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186 Sara March 10, 2014

Ang,

Have been reading you for years now, and have been a fan every step of the way. I just want to send you love and positive energy. I sat on the couch bawling my eyes out reading your last post, because I too have a cat I love more than is humanly possible and I cannot imagine what I would ever do if something happened to my dear sweet Mensa. My thoughts and energy are with you. If costs are an issue with Sketchie’s course of treatment, PLEASE start a funding page and your readers will help you. We are there with you as much as we can be. Stay strong, snuggles for Sketchie (and Eric) and remember to breathe.

Sara

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187 Anya March 10, 2014

I can’t imagine the grief you are feeling. I teared up when I saw Sketchie. I can tell he is a wonderful companion to you and your husband. My heart goes out to you all.

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188 Kristel at Stirring Things Up March 10, 2014

Sigh, I’m sorry to hear about your kitty. My dog Paris had mast cell cancer that was diagnosed at age 7. She went through so many surgeries and treatments and steroids and painkillers and chemo. She passed away the day before Thanksgiving, a few days after her 9th and my 30th birthdays. All I can say is that we spent SO much money, SO much time, and we sacrificed a ton. Every bit of it was worth it. Good luck, get a good oncologist, and love them as the day is long. <3

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189 Tess March 10, 2014

Sketchie sounds like the sweetest little guy! I’m so sorry about your news but I am certain that he is receiving lots of love and that will certainly help his recovery. What would we do without our little loving fuzzbuckets?
I can hardly wait to see you on Steven & Chris….I love that show!
Good Luck with your cookbook. I have been enjoying your recipes (banana oat muffin tops…to die for!)

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190 Lori March 10, 2014

So sorry that Sketchie is in pain. Praying for his speedy recovery!

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191 Lauren March 10, 2014

Hi Angela,
Just wanted to let you know- you’ and your family are in my thoughts. All the best to Sketchie. <3
Lauren

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192 Caitlin March 10, 2014

I’ve been reading your blog for years and have never commented, but I just wanted to reach out to you today. I am so sorry to read your sad news about your cat! My boyfriend and I had a somewhat similar thing happen to our Golden Retriever and it was the hardest thing to go through.
I will keep you and Sketchie in my thoughts the next few days. Stay strong (both of you!!)
-Caitlin

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193 Laurie March 10, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about Sketchie. I have dogs and you wrote that you have tried different diets so my experience may not help but here goes… Both our dogs were diagnosed with cancer over two years ago. One had surgery and various medical treatments but still had a less than positive prognosis and the other was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Our vet suggested we stop buying dog food and start feeding them healthy, organic, whole food – basically people-food – to repair and build their bodies. It was pretty much all she could suggest. But doesn’t it sound familiar? Stop the processed stuff. And, as with my two-legged family, if I made the food at least I would know for certain what they were eating. So for the past two and a half years, I have been working with the vet, tweaking the recipe and giving them herbs and other supplements as needed. Now I realize dogs are omnivores so can eat pretty much anything (poor Sketchie would not do well eating as many veggies and fruit as my “girls”) but I guess my point is that good quality food along with some supplements seems to have helped their quality of life. And frankly, even if it does not save their lives, they are two very happy pups as homemade food is definitely their preference (They now turn up their noses at kibble.) and it has cleared up a couple of other health issues they were having. Perhaps you can find a vet who is willing to work with you in a similar manner. I sincerely wish you well with this.

BTW We love your cookbook! Of course the recipes are fabulous (but I would expect that given your amazing website) but it has to be one of the most beautiful looking and easist to follow cookbooks we own. What a gift you have given us. Thank you very much.

Take care Angela.

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194 Nikki March 10, 2014

Just wanted to say my thoughts are with you and Eric. I really hope and pray beautiful Sketchie will be ok. I was in floods of tears reading this, as my 2 cats are my best friends and we have been through so much together. I know your strength and love will help Sketchie fight this all the way.

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195 Amanda March 10, 2014

HI Angela,
I have been following your blog for a few years now, and was so excited to receive your cookbook today! I am sitting here drooling over your pages and can’t wait to try out the recipes. While I love most of your recipes, I can’t seem to get my kids (age 6 and 9) on board. They, do, however love your Black Bean and Sweet Potato recipe! We have that at least once a week! Back in the fall I began a healthy living blog as I embark on my next journey….becoming a wellness coach. The blog started because of all the unhealthy snacks parents were bringing after sports for my kids teams. Personally I see no need for the snacks, but I vowed to change the snack culture. I do speak up to each team my kids are on and suggest healthier options (or eliminating the snacks all together). But that is how my blog began. snackwars.wordpress.com
Thanks for the beautiful blog and now cookbook!
Amanda

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196 Stephanie L March 10, 2014

Like everyone else, I send positive vibes and thoughts to you guys. I’ve got 3 puppy children and I understand the attachment. Long distance virtual *hugs*.

The black bean/sweet potato enchiladas with avocado cream will become my first OSG cookbook creation this week and I’m ridiculously excited about it. Thanks for all you do.

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197 Tiffany March 10, 2014

Take good care of Sketchie. I am a rescue cat mom and have been through something similar with 2 cats. Cats are very strong, but their eyes will give you very good clues to how they are feeling. The best advice I received is just to love them and cherish every moment you have together (as I know you do).

Thanks for posting such a nice blog, which I found by accident in January and now read weekly. I pre-ordered your book fro Amazon and it arrived on my birthday last week. What a nice present, I just love it! Your recipes are great and I have already become addicted to peanut butter cookie dough bites.

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198 Lili March 10, 2014

You made me cry at my desk at work. I’m so sorry about Sketchie. I discovered bengals through your blog and I now have two little rascals of my own. Sketchie is responsible for bringing so much happiness into my life.

I would suggest posting on some of the bengal forums with your questions. There may be some other people with breed-specific experience.

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199 Rhonda March 10, 2014

So sorry to hear about your kitty. I never had to deal w/lymphoma, but had two cats (litter mates) that eventually had to be put to sleep (at the same time!) due to advanced IBD, after lots of home hospice; they were 14 yrs old, and I got them as kittens. It was awful – saddest thing I’ve ever been through. I hope Sketchie does well on whatever course you choose. My heart goes out to you.

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200 Mabel March 10, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about Sketchie. We (my husband and I) lost one of our beloved cats late last year. Even though it was sudden and that he didn’t go through a painful ordeal, it was still very hard for us.

On a lighter and different note, I will be ordering your cook book from Amazon tonight. Can’t wait to have it in front of me!

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201 sandra March 10, 2014

Oh no, Sketchie is so beautiful! I am so sorry to hear about his ailment. I know it is just torture to have a family member who is ill and in pain. I hope things get better.

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202 michelle March 10, 2014

What beautiful photos. Those eyes! Sketchie, get better baby!

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203 Erika March 10, 2014

I have been watching your blog for an update on Sketchie, I’m so sorry to hear the news. I have nothing to offer but my thoughts and healing vibes for him. He has such a loving momma (and poppa) that I know you will shower him with the love he deserves!

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204 Suze March 10, 2014

My heart goes out to you and your family – two-and-four legged. Have you considered acupuncture? There are alternative modalities and treatments (like homeopathy) for animals, too. (We’re all creatures, after all, and have meridiens.) You are sooo good with discovering just the right foods (yummie + veggie + high nutrition + eye-candy) for your recipes, you would be equally up to the task of finding the right treatment(s) for Sketchie, if you felt it would help him.

As a minister/spiritual counselor with a certificate in pet bereavement counseling, I believe we are our pets’ “mission,” not the other way around. (What would you have done over these 3 years of working out, writing, and photographing your wonderful book without the love and support of Sketchie, for example?) It is perfectly natural for you to feel the way you do, too: not only are our pets dear, but they are our family and sometimes they love us more unconditionally than anyone else does – even ourselves! And cats are very, very smart: just know that he knows you love him, and that you’re doing the best you can for him – always have and always will. Please keep your thoughts positive, and spread extra love around…and don’t forget you, too! Prayers and bright blessings to you all. Suze

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205 Anna Starostinetskaya March 10, 2014

Angela, I can confidently speak for the entire vegan community when I say you’re a truly inspirational person. Sketchie is lucky to have such a great mom and whatever happens, I’m sure he knows that you’ll take care of him to the best of your ability. Wishing you and yours well. Thank you for helping me lead a better life.

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206 sonia the mexigarian March 10, 2014

Angela, I was just thinking this morning, wondering how you, Eric and Sketchie were doing since the news. I’m sending healing thoughts and prayers your way for Sketchie. I know that you are going to do all that you can for your little boy. <3 <3

My family in law is going through a 2nd round of cancer treatment with our bassett Addie. Her first go around was 4 years ago. She's 10 yrs old though and it's painfully obvious the wear and tear the chemo has on her this time around. We have less than 6 months left with her and trust me, we're going to to enjoy every moment we have with the old gal.

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207 Andi March 10, 2014

Sending you a hug through cyberspace! I’m so sorry you have to suffer through this fear and pain. If it makes you feel any better, the staples most likely do not hurt Sketchie at all; I should know – I have some as well:)

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208 Alice March 10, 2014

Oh, crap, I am so sorry to hear about Sketchie! :( I wish I had any advice. My first cat battled kidney failure for 1.5 years, so I can relate and know how hard it is, especially because cats can’t verbally tell you how they feel. :( I hope you figure out a good treatment plan and that all goes well. I will keep you all in my thoughts! (And will cuddle all my 3 cats after I write this.)

And CONGRATS for the book! I already have it in my shopping cart and cannot wait to get it. I will feature it on my blog once it arrives!

xx
Alice

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209 Rachel March 10, 2014

A (+E)
sending vibes of strength and courage for you and the kitty. my family dog (that currently lives on the other side of the world with my parents) was diagnosed with cancer this past year – at only 7 years old too – and I can tell you the pain seems insurmountable. don’t forget to allow yourself to feel helpless and angry every once in a while as long as you fill the gaps with all that love, resilience and hopefulness. I hope Sketchie gets healthier and I hope you can find peace of mind knowing he is a very loved little dude. x

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210 Ange @ Cowgirl Runs March 10, 2014

I’m so so sorry to hear that about dear Sketchie. Big hugs to you and Eric and Sketchie.

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211 Diane March 10, 2014

Your book arrived Saturday afternoon and I spent all of Saturday evening savoring each and every page. It is fabulous! Yesterday morning, I read your post in tears. I thought of Sketchie all day and wish I had the perfect words to comfort you. He is in the best possible hands with such wonderful parents. Sending many hugs and positive thoughts to you, Eric, and Sketchie. Thanks for posting those handsome pictures of him.

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212 Vicki March 10, 2014

Please look into a natural product called Protocel. I am using it for IV breast/bone/liver cancer and have heard great things about giving it to animals.

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213 debbie March 10, 2014

I am so sorry about little Sketchie. I will keep you and Sketchie in my thoughts and prayers. My little Gracie lived to 20 so 7 is very young and that is in his favor. Please know that little fur babies are great fighters. I think getting his appetite back is a great sign. Please take care and I wish you only the best. Please keep us posted if you can.

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214 PamM March 10, 2014

Hi, Angela. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and look forward to it so much; I love your spirit. And I love my cats too, like nobody’s business. I’ll be holding Sketchie in my heart and praying for a good outcome I’m so glad to hear he’s bouncing back from the surgery so well; that has to be a good sign.

Pam

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215 Laura Horon March 10, 2014

Angela,
I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie. Just reading your last post made me tear up, and this update breaks my heart—there’s something about knowing how much our animal companions do for us that makes it so hard to not be able to do everything for them. I hope that Sketchie responds well to treatment! I went through this with my first animal love, my (frankly badass) cat, and I’ll never forget the heartbreak and fear of watching him get sick. Thank you for writing about this on your blog. While I eagerly watch for new recipes, the small glimpses of Sketchie you’ve shared over the years are delightful and Oh She Glows wouldn’t be the same without them. Best of luck and hopes for better days ahead!

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216 Sally March 10, 2014

Dear Oh She Glows Girl Angela,
I was so excited to see the title of this email to me.
I actually thought “Oh! I hope we get to hear how her kitty is.”
I don’t normally feel that way about emails from people I don’t know ;)

So I’m writing back to say:
#1: Best of the world’s total luck with your priceless Sketchie. He is adorable and well loved.
#2: you are going to get a LOT of responses to this email. Realize that is a LOT of love!
#2: your success is based upon just this ~ your willingness to share your life with people you don’t know (that would be me.)
#3: Keep up the great work of sharing your heart, in a time when less and less people are financially rewarded for doing so. Or maybe more and more of us are doing so. I don’t know which it really is, but I do know you are on to something: being yourself.
#4: If you find yourself in Boulder, Colorado you’ve got a friend (that would be me, and then we could say we actually know one another.)
love,
Sally Nurney
Boulder CO

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217 Mtview March 10, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about sketchie. Small cell lymphoma usually respond well to chemo if you decide to go to that route. I work in an animal hospital and we do a fair about of chemo. If sketchie is a good patient, meaning tolerating frequent trips to the vet, getting blood draws etc then it may be worth while.

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218 Coryne March 10, 2014

Hi Angela,

I’ve been reading your blog for several years but am sorry to say I’ve never posted (I know, shame on me! ☺). This week, though, I felt I really needed to for two reasons: Sketchie, and your cookbook. On Sketchie: I’ve had cats most of my life and am currently a proud cat mama of four. Although we’ve had cats with various cancers, I haven’t dealt with feline lymphoma and am sorry I can’t offer specific advice. However, I thought I’d share two lessons learned that have been helpful to me when dealing with pet issues. The first is to have a vet you trust. When our oldest kitty started to decline last August (he was 22 ☺), we knew our vet would be honest about what our choices were and what each might mean for our boy. We didn’t like the decision that came out of the prognosis (it was time to let go), but our vet’s integrity and compassion helped us be confident we were making the right choice.

The second thing is to trust your intuition and be gentle with yourself. There may be times in this battle when you’ll make yourself crazy wondering what the heck to do next. Caring for our pets is an imperfect process because they can’t tell us how they feel, at least in words, and sometimes we have to go with our guts. If you make choices founded in your love for Sketchie and do what feels right, chances are it will be.

I’m sorry this is happening to you during a time when you should be focused on celebrating your amazing cookbook. I had pre-ordered last June and literally danced around the dining room when the book finally arrived. I have dozens of terrific vegan cookbooks, but yours is simply stunning. The photos are beautiful, and I love the little tidbits and tips with each recipe. We’ve already enjoyed the African peanut/sweet potato stew, the portabella fajitas (which my mushroom-shy guy actually enjoyed – and I could live on!), original Glo Bars, and the chocolate-almond brownies (someone couldn’t wait for them to cool so they crumbled just as you predicted…but they were still delicious!).

Like others have said, I feel I’ve gotten to know you through your blog, and my heart was breaking for you as I read this post. Besides, I was WAY overdue to thank you for your hard work in developing and sharing incredible recipes – your work is a gift to those of us who follow your blog. I’m so happy your dreams are coming true in your work…and let’s have faith the same will be true for your Sketchie! I wish you continued success – and I will promise to buy any cookbook you write ☺

I’ve asked each of my crazy cats to send healing kitty thoughts to Sketchie, along with purrs of strength to you and Eric. Hang in there!

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219 Paty March 10, 2014

Angela,
My partner just surprised me with your book for my birthday! It’s tomorrow :) and he ordered your book for me :) I want to say congratulations on the book! Your blog, your story, and your recipes have inspired me to see food and health in a WHOLE new light.
My partner and I have enjoyed making your recipes and I can’t wait to see what else is inside your book! You are an amazing person, such an inspiration, and I hope all goes well in the future for you. I send Sketch my prayers since I know he isn’t doing too well.
*Blessings
~Paty

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220 Elissa March 10, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about your beautiful Sketchie’s diagnosis. We have been through lymphoma with our beloved beagle, Jack. We, like you, wanted to do whatever we could do for him while keeping his quality of life as the top priority. We ended up seeing an oncologist who let us know our options, and also gave us the comforting news that for animals lymphoma often feels only like a mild cold, and that he wasn’t in terrible pain. We chose to go through chemo therapy with Jacky and he handled it like a champ, he never even so much as vomited. Our doctor let us know from the beginning that she could help Jacky and possibly extend the time we had with him, but that she couldn’t cure him. In the end we got 6 months with the love of our lives that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. I know how excruciating this news is, and I know nothing anyone has to say will make it any easier. My best peice of advice is just to hold him tight and love him as hard as you can. Know that there are many of us praying for you all and sending good thoughts your way.

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221 Sharon March 10, 2014

Hi Angela,
I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchies’ health. I totally know what you are going through. I’ve been there too. I just spoke with a woman at a Raw Vegan Meetup I attended last week. She told me that she cured her dog of cancer by feeding him a Vegan diet. I don’t normally agree with feeding dogs or cats strictly veggies as they are true carnivores and I believe they need to eat what they would eat in the wild. However, if it works for healing; who wouldn’t be all for it. I don’t know what type of treatment Sketchie is going through. Obviously you have to fight tooth and nail for him in whichever way you can.
I wish you and your husband and Sketchie the best of wishes and health. I will pray for him.

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222 Marielle | Vega in Vianen March 11, 2014

Dear Angela,

I didn’t know what to say, the idea of an animal becoming so ill can be so devastating. When I read your post, I lay down next to my own babies to cuddle and the mere thought is just… I wish Sketchie and you two all the best and strength in the world, hopefully they can do something to help your poor baby.

Love, Mariëlle

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223 Ruth March 11, 2014

I’m lifting up prayers for Sketchie. As a former staff member at a vet clinic, I know how amazing it is that you & Eric are so caring of & committed to Sketchie. That is so important for treatment and healing. I hope that you’ll receive clear guidance by the doctors and feel peaceful about your decisions. I admire your desire to consider quality of life.

So sorry to hear about this diagnosis. There is nothing that you could have done to prevent it, and I know you will do all you can for it now.

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224 Lisa O March 11, 2014

I was brokenhearted to hear about Sketchie’s diagnosis. Our pets are such pure sources of love and the best news is, it goes both ways. Go hold your little buddy for a bit. It will do you both good!

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225 Alexandra March 11, 2014

Keeping Sketchie (adorable name btw) in my prayers! My cat was having some serious health issues from last spring through this fall and no vet could figure out what was wrong. We had to confine her to one area of our house because she was constantly having “accidents” and she was never in a very good mood. This past fall she magically seemed to get better. She suddenly stopped having “accidents” and now roams the house freely and seems like she is her old self again. I know Sketchie is more than a cat, he is family and I’m sure that he can feel your overwhelming love for him!

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226 Helen March 11, 2014

I have a Bengal cat (luna) and I couldn’t bear it if something like this happened to her. My heart goes out for you. So sad. I hope Sketchie will pull through.

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227 Nicole March 11, 2014

Sorry to hear about your poor Sketchie! I would just like to mention that I have a cat with chronic kidney failure. I’ve been using products from Only Natural Pet online. They have many supplements and remedies available. They have several products recommended for cats with cancer. Customer reviews are very promising. Wishing Sketchie all the best!

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228 Sarah J. Sequins March 11, 2014

Oh, Ange! I’m so sorry about Sketchie. I wish you nothing but the best as you figure out what you’re going to do next. Give him a snuggle from me, would you? *Hugs.*

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229 Andrea March 11, 2014

I’m sorry to hear about your cat. I have been stalking your blog the past 6 weeks after searching for vegan recipes online and finding this gem. My husband and I have started eating 90% plant based whole foods and your blog and recipes have been a lifesaver to us! When I found out that your cookbook was being released in the US, I ordered on, and it came today. It is BEAUTIFUL and packed with amazing recipes…I cannot wait to dig in and try all of them. We both come from a culinary background, and appreciate how you keep food as natural as possible, which is how it should be eaten. Thank you so much for making it…it truly is an inspiration for us to continue our new lifestyle and continue to glow! :)

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230 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2014

Thank you so much Andrea! I’m so thrilled to hear this. :)

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231 Cindy March 11, 2014

Sketchie is such a beautiful cat! Is Sketchie a type of calico? I’ll be praying for him!

Loved the Canada AM segment. Do you have a Steve & Chris Livewell network/USA air date yet? I looked on their website but couldn’t find anything.

Just tried your crispy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies both with peanut butter & almond butter out of your cookbook – both were awesome! Forgot to take a picture. Guess we’ll have to make more! :) (My husband was the one that actually made them.)

Thanks Angela!

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232 Jess(ica) March 11, 2014

That broke my heart….. my husband and I have a 7 year old orange tabby (Bill), who is one amazing kitty. I’m so sorry you are having to watch your little guy deal with pain that he can’t understand. It’s just so hard to see them not be themselves, and not being able to explain to them what’s happening. Especially when you’re so used to them bringing you up.

I’m absolutely positive that you & Eric are excellent parents- and, in his own cat like way, I’m sure he’s happy to have you to console him.

Good thoughts to Sketchie!

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233 Ashley Miller March 11, 2014

Oh my gosh, Angela! I am so sorry to hear about your precious kitty!! I wish you guys all the best… our kitties are our babies. <3 xoxo

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234 Joy March 11, 2014

Ohhh Angela
I’m so sorry sending you all my prayers for a nice recovery for sketchie!

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235 Cristina March 11, 2014

I absolutely love your blog and have been following it for a couple of years now. I just bought your cookbook and adore it! I have empower noodle bowl cooking right now. Just wanted you to know I am sending Sketchie good vibes and wish your husband, Sketchie and yourself good wishes. Stay strong :]

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236 Kate March 11, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie – those little guys are family, and it’s so hard when they’re ill. If there’s anything we can do for you, please let us know. Until then, sending lots of positive vibes your way!

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237 Shirlene March 11, 2014

New to the site. So sorry to read such upsetting news for you and Sketchie. Try to stay positive, and make every day special in some little way. Be thankful for the day. I will pray for your Sketchie, and for you.

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238 Liz March 11, 2014

I truly wish you the best with Sketchie and your family. Meow

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239 Christina March 12, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie. I found out recently that cancers are actually a deficiency disease, it occurs when the person is lacking the vitamin B17. B17 can be found in bitter almonds, apple seeds and apricot pits, it has a bitter flavor. I know of a few people who consume the seeds (or vitamin tablets) for cancer prevention. I also know of someone who was cured of cancer this way and lived into her late 90’s and her husband who also ate them lived to be 99 using it as prevention. There’s a book on it called “A World Without Cancer”. I don’t know how the cure would work with pets, but I’d encourage you to look into it. Either way I hope he recovers well.

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240 Beth March 12, 2014

Hi Angela,

I’ve long been a fan of Oh She Glows but don’t think I’ve ever commented (and as a fellow food blogger, I know I should do more of that!). I just wanted to chime in and say my thoughts are with you, Eric and Sketchie. Animals brighten our lives in so many ways, so it is devastating when they’re in pain or suffering. Yet it’s also so hard to imagine them leaving us, as they all do at some point. I am sure with the love and support of his amazing parents, Sketchie will put on a brave fight. I’m rooting for him. And yes, I will go hug my dog now…

Much love and best wishes!

Beth

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241 Katie @ Produce on Parade March 12, 2014

So sorry to hear about Sketchie! It makes me happy to know that he is in the best care possible, with you :) I hope he recovers speedily and continues to gain strength. You poor thing, hang in there!

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242 Caroline March 12, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie Angela. I’ve followed your blog for a while and am always excited to see pictures of him. Being so young I’m sure he will respond well to whatever treatment you decide on, but no matter what just remember you and Eric have given him a loving and wonderful home for which he is lucky to have. Giving them a happy and love filled life (for what always seems like too short a time) is the best thing we can do for our pets.

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243 Sarah March 12, 2014

1. I love your blog. The recipes are the best
2. I volunteer at a no-kill, free roaming cat shelter and we have a boy with lymphoma who also has symptoms similar to IBD. Though he has gastrointestinal issues, he is a happy, loving little guy and has been for several years and he’s responded well to treatment. Every cat is different and I’m sorry you have to go through this with Sketchie, but I thought it might help to know there are other cats with this and they’re doing and have been doing great for years

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244 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2014

Thank you Sarah. It does help. We’ve heard of many success stories and I’m hoping Sketchie fares as well as he can. He’s a tough little guy with lots of life left in him!

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245 Ana March 12, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie! He is ever so handsome, and sounds like a great fellow. We have two kitties, and while we don’t have experience with lymphoma, one of ours does have a chronic (and challenging) ailment that we treat and cope with. It’s no fun for us or him, but he remains his cute, sweet, and occasionally naughty self all the same.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that everyone in our household (human and feline alike) send furry hugs and our best healing vibes your way!

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246 Christie Anne March 12, 2014

Angela,

I don’t usually comment on this blog, although I am a long time reader but felt compelled to. I am so sorry! Your family and your little Sketchie is in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and lots of love from Ohio. I hope that you guys can overcome this and everything works out, and am so happy that he seems to be recovering well from surgery.

Best,
Christie

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247 Cindy March 12, 2014

I’m sorry to hear about your little Sketchie. My beloved Hubba Hubba died in August after her battle with lymphoma. I work at a vet hospital and it doesn’t make it any easier. Hang in there!

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248 kimmythevegan March 12, 2014

Oh I’m so sorry about the sad news with Sketchie :( I’ll be thinking of you guys and hope that everything works out – she’s still such a young thing. *hugs*
I’m going to hug my Sunny girl right now!

Congratulations on the cookbook and shows Angela – this is such an exciting time for you! You were the first blog I ever started following and it’s still my fav to this day =)

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249 Jen @ The Well Read Fish March 13, 2014

Oh, I’m so sorry! We had a similar situation with our cat and it’s amazing how hard it is. These little furballs add so much to our lives!

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250 charles March 13, 2014

i’m sorry about sketchie. i have used many alternative treatments that have surprised me and my vet who owns the largest private veterinary hospital ain the world. so, when i heard of your plight, i asked a friend, trish, who has a website called healedlives.com. it’s a site with testimonials about alternative successes. she didn’t have any testimonials but she contacted some of her sources and one replied. he’s a vet. the reply is:

Dear Trish: I have helped many people reverse aggressive lymphomsarcoma conditions in dogs and cats. This is not a guarantee that my procedure will work in every situation.

I talk about my approach extensively on my TV Programs on line at weismannutrition.com.

I take each case on a case specific procedure basis.

Please cal me if you would like to discuss this procedure further.

Best Vegan Wishes: Eric

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251 chris March 13, 2014

Dear Angela, i have two small older dogs, and 3 amazing grandcats.
My heart aches for what you are going through.
Your precious kittie is so lucky to have such loving
Guardians. All positive thoughts sent your way.

May I add your cookbook is wonderful. Recipes delicious and
The cover with the spoon colors matching the parfait is gorgeous and front
And center on my bookshelf.

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252 Kathryn March 13, 2014

My heart is breaking. I don’t have any pet history with lymphoma, but my cat Ocho had an auto immune disease where he got terrible scabs on this head and face and in between his toe nails. We got it under control for a while with meds then it came back because the steroids caused so much weight gain.Then he became diabetic and we had to give him insulin shots every day. Then he started to balloon up in his abdomen because his penis died and he couldn’t pee. (I can’t make this up). So then we had his penis removed. (Again, can’t make this up). He stayed with us for about 6 more months after that. Our main concern was that he was happy and comfortable. We finally had to put him down when he was no longer in a good place. I’m sharing because there is still plenty of time to love him really hard and it felt really good to know we did everything we could for him. Our vet was amazing and let us pay a little late or break it up into payments. Everything will be ok. It might be hard but it will all be ok. Sending love.

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253 Mel March 14, 2014

Hi there. I read your story about your kitty. I’m very sorry for the kitty’s struggle. I noticed you mentioned his B12 levels. It sparked in my brain an article about feline EPI, which is a feline form of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. It involves a substance called Intrinsic Factor that pertains to B12 assimilation and I know it can be related to anemias that don’t always show up in a basic blood panel. If your veterinarian hasn’t done more in depth panels to determine possible pernicious anemia and issues with intrinsic factor it may be an excellent place to look. Although lymphoma is considered the major issue here, cancers and other devastating diseases rarely resolve or go into remission in the presence of an anemia. Please ask your doctor. I sincerely hope this helps you. Blessings.

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254 Sarah March 15, 2014

Hang in there! Our pets are what make us happiest in the worst of times, they are always there for us and as a cat resuer myself I can’t imagine what you are going through! Stay strong and positive and all will work out for the best! Sending lots of love to all of you guys!

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255 Liesl March 15, 2014

I’m SO sorry to hear about Sketchie. I truly feel your pain as a week ago we got bad news of about of beloved Radley, our 3 year old German Shepherd.
What we thought was an easy fix of a torn ligament in his leg, turned out to be severe early onset hip dysplasia and the vet told us he probably would not even be able to walk in a year…and we will have to put him down. I bawled. He’s my baby, and it’s so hard to walk through this with him. We are just trying to keep him as comfortable as possible for as long as he has, and love him to pieces.
Hoping all goes well for Sketchie’s recovery. :)

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256 Melissa March 16, 2014

Oh no. I checked in today specifically looking for a Sketchie update. I have been worried. I am so sorry to hear about his diagnosis. I have no specific advice regarding leukemia, but I did have a similar experience when my cat was diagnosed with acute kidney failure. I was so terrified we were going to lose her, but luckily (knock on wood) she has been doing well with her treatments and we are hoping she will be with us for a long time. We are just doing our best to suck in every adorable moment and love her and appreciate her even more than we did before.

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257 Michelle March 16, 2014

I just want to say thank you, thank you for loving your cat. You’re an influential person in so many ways, and it’s awesome to see compassion in your nature. We’ll pray for lil Sketchie!

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258 christine March 17, 2014

So sorry about Sketchie, I have enjoyed following him via your blog. I have lost several pets to cancer. One cat and 2 dogs. The cat was a rescue we had a short time and they did not recomend treating as it was advanced. One dog was a rescue and same thing, metastatic liver cancer. Took her home and loved on her till she started having complications and then had her put to sleep. The other dog was like our baby and she had lymphoma too, we opted not to treat she lived 4 months once she was diagnosed and died in her sleep at home. It is hard to know what to do because you are their voice.

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259 Lindsay Turnbull March 17, 2014

Hi Angela,

I have been following your blog for a while, and it is always full of things I love to share. I have been thinking about posting this for a few days, and thought I would now, because I know it has helped me a lot! I hope it can help you and Sketchie too. I’m an RN and also a Registered BioEnergetics Practitioner (R. BIE), located in the GTA. I really feel that the type of health therapy that I practice might be able to help Sketchie’s body to heal. It’s non-invasive, painless, and safe. If you’d like more information, feel free to contact me.

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260 Lisa March 17, 2014

I am praying for beloved Sketchie and your sweet family, may god be with you at this time and always. All of my love, Lisa

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261 Daniella March 17, 2014

I’m so sorry to read your loved one is dealing with a lymphoma diagnosis. My wife and I received news earlier this year about one of our babies having cysts covering her lungs. We chose to treat her with organic botanical herbs, and a multivitamin that claims to help with shrinking all types of cysts. So far her symptoms have decreased, and thats what we’re really focusing on at this point. I hope you find some comfort in knowing that you and your husband are giving Sketchy the greatest gift, which is a loving family, and a wonderful life. Best wishes to Sketchy, and many more hugs.

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262 Colleen March 18, 2014

So so sorry to hear about Sketchie. I lost my dog late last year and it was the hardest thing but I am also so grateful I had her in my life. She could have ended up in so many homes; how lucky was I that she came into ours! No matter what, you know you gave Sketchie the best life a cat could ask for, and with any luck, she’ll be around for many, many years to come. Sending you love and support, from one animal lover to another. <3

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263 Karen March 18, 2014

Hi Angela,
I am so sorry to hear about Sketchie, He will be in my prayers with you and your husband. Praying for full recovery!!!

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264 Kelly March 18, 2014

My heart goes out to you and Eric. As someone whose animals are like children, I cannot even begin to imagine what this news entails. (My own sweet girl goes in for surgery tomorrow morning to have a lump removed…praying it’s benign and that she heals okay.) I hope you find strength in knowing he has lived an amazing life through your love and kindness. Here’s something that may give you a chuckle: Sketchie is the reason I am reading your blog! My sister sent my mom and me a link saying how gorgeous this cat was. I took a look at the link, and then started exploring your blog more, and have hung around for almost five years. Needless to say, Sketchie isn’t the only thing bringing me back, but he was the reason for my first visit. :) Sending you a million hugs for this difficult time.

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265 Kate March 21, 2014

Angela, I’m so sorry to hear about Sketchie. I know what it’s like to be scared for a beloved pet’s life. I’m glad that you know what’s wrong so you can start treatment soon. Cookie and I will be sending lots of healing vibes from Kansas City!

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266 Lauren March 22, 2014

Sad news indeed about sketchie. One of my dogs had that a long time ago and she received chemo treatments as well. She lived another 7 years from the time her treatments ended. Sketchie is lucky to have you. Hugs to you all.

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267 Meg@ Beard and Bonnet March 23, 2014

Oh no! This breaks my heart for you. We had a similar situation with our cat a few years ago and I know just how hard it is. Sending you much love!

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268 Andrea March 23, 2014

Hi Angela,

My heart goes out to you with the news of Sketchie’s diagnosis. Our cat, Henry, a 5 year old Himalayan, was diagnosed with lymphoma in August 2012. He was vomiting blood, losing weight, and acting lethargic when we took him to the vet. He was found to have a large tumor on his stomach that was causing the bleeding. His prognosis was very poor, but we made the decision to give chemo a try, even though it is not something I personally believe in for humans as a former oncology nurse. I searched everywhere for natural and supplemental treatments, but even the hollistic vets feel that chemo is best when it comes to lymphoma in cats. Henry responded well to the chemo and quickly began feeling better, even the vets were surprised by his response. Henry never had side effects from the chemo, but he hated the vet visits. The tumor shrank and Henry was in remission by February 2013. He was going for treatments every two weeks, then monthly. I supplemented his treatments with heat extracted Coriolus mushroom pills, which are used with chemo in Japan to reduce the drop in immune response, and probiotics. I tried to work in as much of a raw diet as Henry would tolerate, even though doctors and vets will tell you raw food and chemo are a no no due to risk of infection.

In December 2013, Henry suddenly began acting lethargic and was not as interested in food. I noticed his breathing was labored, so took him to the vet. His lungs were filling with fluid and it was suspected the lymphoma was back with a vengeance. We made the decision at that time to say goodbye. There is still a huge hole in our hearts.

The chemo was a gamble, but we got another 1 1/2 years with Henry, where he would not have made it another week without it. Our vet said she would see cats make it anywhere from 6 months to 3 years on the chemo, so the hope of another 3 years was a huge factor in our decison. Henry felt great while he was in remission, so we never felt like we were doing something selfish. We knew eventually the cancer would be back, but it made us appreciate every single day he was here. I would make the same decision, if I had it to do all over again.

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269 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2014

Hi Andrea, Thank you for sharing Henry’s story. He sure was lucky to have your love and support! Sketchie recently started chemo (after speaking with many vets and coming to the same conclusion as you) and he is doing great so far and haven’t noticed any side effects yet. We’re hoping that since we caught it fairly early Sketchie will have a good chance of living a longer life. Ultimately, like you, his quality of life is #1 to me and I would not continue treatment if I felt like it was his time to go and his health was failing him. It really does make you appreciate every day with them though. Thanks for your comment…love to you and Henry!

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270 Kathleen March 23, 2014

Angela – I am so sorry to hear about Sketchie. Animals are such wonderful friends, and so often show us joy and love when we need it most. I am sure that Sketchie also feels the love you and Eric have for him. Some people believe animals have a 6th sense for things… well nothing can be stronger than his sense of how much “his people” love him! I hope that you all arrive at a healing solution for everyone.

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271 Carly March 23, 2014

Feel better Sketchie! My family dog is going through some health issues as well. The vet gave her a pretty grave prognosis, but she is responding so well to treatment and is more and more herself every day. I have so much faith that Sketchie will respond just as well! Sending you love.

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272 Shannon @ A Dash of Sparkle March 24, 2014

It’s so hard when a furry loved one is sick. I’m so sorry to hear it! It’s so incredible that he has a family like you that will stick through it with him. Wishing you and Sketchie all the best during this difficult time!

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273 Tanya March 24, 2014

Angela,
I am just seeing this post now and wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear about Sketchie. My beloved dog passed away from cancer last summer, but she lived much longer than anyone thought she would. I wish for you that Sketchie will do that same, and will be showing his cute mug on this blog for many years to come. I have always heard that lymphoma is the “best” cancer to get because it’s so treatable.

Although this news is never easy to hear, I am glad that you at least have some distractions–your new book and your pregnancy!–to take your mind off the sadness. These things do not take the pain away, of course, but I hope they will help keep your heart full of joy as you navigate his treatments and care. Sending love your way.
Xo,
Tanya

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274 Kathy March 24, 2014

Oh Angela I am so so so so sad and sorry about this. I am sending you many prayers and thoughts. Gosh what a whirlwind you have right now! Hope you have some place to breathe and embrace all the goodness and the stress. Xo

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275 therese March 25, 2014

I am new to your blog via the wonderful Sarah Britton. I just found this post for kitties with cancer on the Natural Cat Care Blog. I hope this helps you. Best wishes for Sketchie.

naturalcatcareblog.com/landing/fighting-cat-cancer/
Love your blog and am glad to have found it.

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276 Nichole K March 28, 2014

Oh man. I’m so sorry. My dog had lymphoma. If you’re considering treatment, we did chemotherapy for him, and he tolerated it beautifully. Animals tolerate it much better than people do, and it bought us a lot of time. Best of luck, and big hugs. If you have any questions, lemme know.

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277 Vegyogini March 28, 2014

Sending love and healing energy to Sketchie in this challenging time for his health. I have spent many years caring for kitties with health issues and I empathize with you on this path.

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278 sandra March 30, 2014

saying a little prayer for sketchie……

just discovered you blog. a friend shared your new cookbook on Facebook. now, i’m following you.

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279 Jamie March 31, 2014

My heart goes out to you, Eric, and Sketchie. This post was actually shared with me by a coworker of mine that follows your blog, as I have recently had a cat diagnosed with lymphoma. As I started reading, and got goosebumps at how hauntingly similar our experiences are. Read on to see why…

My cat Blackjack stopped eating and started vomiting the entire day on 3/2/14. I took him to the vet first thing the next morning; since his vitals and exam were normal, they gave him fluids, meds, special food, and told me to monitor him for the day. The vomiting stopped, but he still wasn’t eating and stopped drinking as well.
The next morning I dropped him off for X-rays and blood work. A few hours later they called and asked me to take him to the Emergency Vet for an ultrasound. This resulted in emergency surgery; they found an intestinal tumor and 2 very swollen lymph nodes. I got to take him home 2 days after surgery, but a week later I got the biopsy results… lymphoma (likely exacerbated by IBD). I was devastated; I never, ever expected this.

My baby is also only 7 years old. He also has intestinal, low grade, small cell lymphoma. And he and his brother (actual brother, they’re from the same litter) are the light of my life and bring me so much joy. They’re my babies, especially since don’t have the human variety. Your second photo of Sketchie brought tears to my eyes & a smile to my face… that’s exactly what my boy looked like after his surgery (same shaved parts, but my baby’s all black, part Siamese). His recovery from surgery has gone well, but the thought of losing him so young terrifies me. I thought I still had at least another 7 years with him, hopefully more.

There are only a few hundred veterinary oncologists in the US; fortunately one of them is right in my city and so far I think he’s great. We started Blackjack’s treatment almost 3 weeks ago: 1 prednisolone daily (2 per day for the first week), and a chlorambucil (chemo) pill every 2 weeks with a anti-nausea, all for the rest of his life. Fortunately I get to give him his pills at home, and he generally takes them very well. For the first 2 months, he goes in every 2 weeks for a CBC (complete blood count, to make sure his white blood cells & platelets haven’t dropped too low), then every month for 2 months, then every 3 months for life (he will see the oncologist every 3-6 months for life). So far he’s responding well to his treatment – he’s only lost a little weight (mostly from his week of not eating before and after surgery) and his first CBC last week had good results. Since I’ve read and heard that so much that the early part of treatment often suggests future outlook, I have high hopes. But it’s still devastating news and hard to deal with.

Unfortunately his other brother is also now having health problems, and he’s also only 7. What they thought was oral cancer is now hopefully an embedded root fragment and infection; he goes in for sedation, new rads, root fragment removal, and perhaps a biopsy on Wed morning, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

These boys have been through so much in their short lives (more than I’ve mentioned here… this is just the past month), they deserve a break. And I deserve an emotional and financial one. Fortunately they are loved beyond belief, get tons of attention, and have lots of friends that come visit (they’ve never met a human, even a non-cat-loving one, that hasn’t fallen for them). And every penny I spend is well worth it, even if I’m paying it off for the next 5 years. They are my family. They bring me joy like nothing else. And when I rescued them, I made a vow to always look out for them and give them all I could. They deserve the best, and as much as I can control it, that’s all they’re going to get.

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280 Adriana Perciballi March 31, 2014

Hi Angela,
I am so sorry to hear the news of Sketchie. My heart goes out to you and Eric. I am behind in reading my emails and hence the posts. I just saw the one about your exciting news and commented how baby Oh She Glows will have a pal to play with when baby gets older. Sorry if you thought that was cold but I read that prior to reading about Sketchie. I completely understand the emotional reaction as I have kitties too and now how our pet children are such a part of our families and our lives. All the best is wished for Sketchie and hope to stay on top of my email, blog updates.
All the best,
Adriana

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281 Debra Sullivan March 31, 2014

I don’t think anything wrecks me so horribly than hearing about a very sick pet – especially cats. Sometimes I wonder if I’m some kind of sociopath cause I often worry more about them than I do humans (did I actually just say that out loud?) But they give us so much happiness and we, in turn, love them so deeply and feel so responsible for their health and well-being it is unbearable when there is nothing we can do for them (although you have done everything possible).

Although I’ve never had to deal with disease (knock on wood), one of my most-loved rescue cats Fluffy got out of our house unnoticed six years ago on Canada Day (with a basket of fresh baby kittens in my bedroom closet). We believe the explosion of fireworks frightened her onto the road where she was hit by a car. She was not killed right away and while she tried to move off the road and people who saw it happened were calling the Humane Society, she was hit by a second car. Unbelievably, she was still alive when the Humane Society got there but there was nothing they could do. We spent all night calling and looking for her and didn’t find out till the next morning what had happened. I literally don’t think I’ve been the same since, knowing how scared she must have been and how much she suffered. The guilt for not realizing she’d gotten out will never leave me. I ended up keeping all four of her very special kittens, nursing them with a doll’s bottle and they are all fat and sassy today.

Please keep us posted as to Sketchie’s recovery. I’m not exaggerating when I say this will keep me awake at night if I start to think about it before bedtime. I’m so sorry you (and Sketchie) have to go through this. Positive thoughts from me.

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282 Natalie @ Paper & Birch April 1, 2014

I’m so sorry to hear about what’s going on with Sketchie. I’m sending positive vibes your way & hope whatever treatment option you decide on, he responds well to :)

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283 Christine April 1, 2014

Hi Angela, I just want to say congratulations on your baby news – I read your blog all the time and I’m so happy for you. Your recipes are wonderful and your photos are lovely. Just a thought, since you have a cat and now a baby on the way, have your kitty tested for toxoplasmosis, which is highly contagious and very dangerous for pregnant mothers, and children also. It’s parasitic, and I’ve read that if your cat has spent any time outdoors, it most likely has contracted it. Once children have caught it, the parasite lives inside them forever, it’s awful, and now doctors are thinking that it may be a cause of schizophrenia and other mental health problems, so please be aware of that.
I wish you all the best! Your baby is so lucky to be born into a vegan, animal loving family. My baby was born 14 years ago (hard to believe, it goes SO fast) and he and his little sister have never had meat, and would never want it. The other day he hugged me and said “Mom, I’m so glad you are a vegetarian and raised us to be vegetarians too.” Wow. :) Enjoy every minute!

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284 Mélodie April 3, 2014

I’m so so sorry for Sketchie :( I’m sure he’s a fighter and a trooper and that he’ll get better… Something similar just happened to my cat during the weekend. His name is Minou. He’s only 3 years old. He just started vomiting all the time, was not eating, being lethargic… I decided to take him to the vet and after X-Rays, he discovered that Minou probably had intestinal obstruction and was severely dehydrated. I had to decide if I was willing to go with the surgery. I could not let him die so young. He’s my baby. So we decided to pay for the surgery. He was indeed obstructed and could’ve died. He’s now recovering. What would we do without them? xxx Sending some positive energy your way!

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285 Donna April 12, 2014

Saw your website after I rushed to my laptop to find the chia cracker recipe ( in the oven as I type) after a lunch when visiting Sedona and was taken with the crackers at ChocolaTree.
This is the first I have stopped to cruise around your site a bit. So sorry about Sketchie’s report. Got one myself this week. ( 19 years ago for the last Brst. CA diagnosis. ) Since I am unfamiliar with your views on anything other than fantastic food; I wonder if you are researching alternative med. approach. Just a thought.
Blessings. And congratulations on the September event.

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286 Trish April 30, 2014

I’m sorry, There’s no amount of words that can make someone feel better about awful news. My parents kept their German Shepherd well doing chemo for about a year. It was a good decision on their part to treat the cancer as he lived a couple of years longer and was happy, eating well and going on twice daily walks. Like people though, you never know how they’ll react to treatment.
I don’t have cats as my husband is allergic to their fur, but we currently have four adopted dogs and a menagerie of smaller pets. We’d do anything to try to treat them if there was hope of extending their life (as long as they’d be pain-free and enjoying life). Our motto is that we’d rather be paupers than live a life without them ;)
The bad news about fur-babes is that they live a minuscule portion of our own lives, but on the upside it allows us to adopt and rescue more … to give these angels our unconditional love, respect and security for the rest of their lives, which some of them have never experienced before. There’s nothing more fulfilling in life than offering them that promise.
When the “time” comes, just remember the love and security you offered Sketchie … I know he’ll remember and forever be grateful.

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287 Christine May 6, 2014

I know you made this post a while ago, but I had a baby a year ago so my time for blog reading has been few and far between. I always try to stop in here when I get a chance. I just wanted to tell you our story.

Our dog was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) which is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer. She was 11. She started limping and they put her under anesthesia to take xrays. We got the call that is was a bone tumor and we were devastated. They gave us 10 mins to make a decision – do we keep her under and amputate or wake her up and not treat? This dog was a fighter, the smartest dog I had ever met with a strong will and light in her eyes. I worked at a vet all through college so I knew what we were up against.

After a quick consult with our vet to get the stats, we said amputate. With no intervention she had 2 months to live (the bone would likely break) and she would be in pain, with amputation alone she had 4 months to live, with amputation and chemo she had a 50% chance of making it to 1 year. Of the dogs that make it one year, only a small percentage of those see two years. We amputated and then did 5 rounds of chemo. They normally do 4-6 rounds and the 4th round was very hard on her. Our vet did some research and found a statistically significant difference between 4 and 5 rounds, but not much difference between 5 and 6. So we did one more round for a total of five – it was very tough on her but she was a trooper. She did amazing with her amputation and was up and using her doggie door within days.

She was diagnosed in May of 2011 and had her amputation in June of 2011 with chemo through October of that year. Siena just passed away in February of this year for other reasons, not cancer. We think she had a stroke that left her unable to walk. She beat all the odds and we were so thankful to have those couple of years with her. She was able to meet our first child and for that we are forever grateful. Good luck with Sketchie, you know him best and will do the best for him.

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288 Sandra May 22, 2014

Sorry to hear the sad news about lovely Sketchie, hope his quality of life improves and he has some happy more times with you and your much awaited for Daughter.
xxx

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289 Hayla Smith May 28, 2014

I know I’m a little late to respond. So sorry about your kitty! My cat, Henry was diagnosed with lymphoma at age 6. Confirmed with biopsy. I work as a technician in a great feline only hospital and with the guidance of great doctors we were very aggressive with treatment. Chemo, steroids and supplements. Later when he was just fed up with the constant vet visits we started oral chemo (leukeran), prednisolone, b12 infections and folic acid. I was told he would live for 6 months but I’m happy to say he lived another 6 1/2 years. He was a great patient and never really complained and I am so happy with the many extra years we had with him. Doing the chemo route can be a difficult and expensive decision to make but I never regretted it.

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290 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 29, 2014

That’s so great to hear Hayla. :) Sketchie has been on the chemo meds (plus B12 and Prednisolone) for a while now and he and his blood work are doing great! not to mention, he doesn’t have horrible diarrhea anymore and just seems happier. I’m really hopeful that he will live several more years of a good life with us.

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291 Shawna Harrison June 5, 2014

Hi Angela,
I’m sorry to hear about Sketchie. Recently our dog was diagnosed with a brain tumor and we were devastated. This past year, she’s survived breast cancer and almost completely recovered from heart failure, now this! I gave myself 1 day to cry, but then I put my feelings aside to be strong for my Georgie-girl because she had the real battle to fight.
We too weren’t sure of which treatment to take, but we went ahead with the chemo after plenty of research and asking friend’s who had experience with doggy chemo, and she got through her first treatment like a CHAMP! We were told we only had months left, which was the similar prognosis with the breast cancer and heart failure, so we know time is limited, although she seems to be beating the odds and wowing the vets with her other illnesses.
As for chemo, she was a bit more tired and had difficulty walking, but that was also a side effect of the other new meds (Prednisone and phenobarbital). Her mood remained good and a few days after treatment, she was back to her normal self again! So long as the treatment is helping her, we’ll continue doing it, but when it stops, we won’t let her suffer.
For now, we celebrate every day as a small victory and try not to think too far ahead into the future.
Good luck! I hope Sketchie has an easy and speedy recovery!

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292 Lesley July 4, 2014

Hi Angela,

I know this is a bit late but it breaks my heart to hear that Sketchie has been diagnosed with lymphoma. It does sound, though, that you have a very good vet on your side and Sketchie is very fortunate to be a part of your family (and you are very fortunate to have Sketchie as a part of your family!). I have two cats of my own and I know how incredibly important Sketchie is to you and your family. I hope that he is doing well!

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293 charlotte July 21, 2014

Hi! I had the same with my pet, she didn’t make it…
After doing some research I found out that ALLOT of health (and behavior) problems of our pets come from the food they eat, and I mean allot. The food they eat (even the big “fancy” brands) are stuffed with pesticides, waste from the waste from the waste of the meat industry,weird stuff and some more weird stuff. When eating this food day in day out, we are slowly killing our pets. Lots of stuff like cancer, tumors result from the food they eat. If I had known this, I would have given my cat better food. so NOTHING from the supermarket and not even the good brands from the pet store. Maybe if I had known this beforehand, she would still be alive. Wanted to share this, hopefully making someone aware that not only we, but also our pets benefit from GOOD, wholesome, organic food.

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294 jen August 20, 2014

So sad to hear about your cat. I have 3 myself. I love them. I hope he is doing well. I’m curious, is your cat vegan/vegetarian?

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295 Julia August 21, 2014

How is Sketchy doing? I was so sad to hear your news. I lost my own little furry friend a few years ago and still haven’t got over it. Only people who are close to their pets will understand and think of them as friends rather than just animals or pets.
I wish I had advice for you on a treatment plan, but I really don’t know anything about that kind of thing. Sending lots of love for Sketchy.
Julia x
PS Thanks for all the recipes. You’re my vegan hero!

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296 Julia August 21, 2014

Doh! I obviously meant Sketchie rather than Sketchy.
:)

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297 Breia September 13, 2014

I don’t do much in the blogging world. I only come across them when I search for something specific- in this case kale chips. Having the tendency to get distracted, I went from kale chips to a photo of a beautiful cat, where this story popped up. I just wanted to add my two cents in case I can help any kitties out there. Cancer, putting this as generally as possible, takes over when it becomes stronger than the immune system. Feline leukemia, though a virus, is successful in the same way. There is a new treatment out for feline leukemia which actually bolsters the immune system. I have spoken with the developers of this treatment directly, and have been told that it has been quite successful with cancers. They cannot advertise as such because the treatment is only FDA approved for feline leukemia. They hope to get it approved one day for human use- treating AIDS, cancer, and other immune related illnesses.
My cat, Picasso, has been on this treatment for a little over a year now. We were very close to losing him when I discovered LTCI, which is the name of the treatment. It has gotten chillier after a hot start to September here in NY, and he just got a treatment shot yesterday. The combination has my 15 year old feline-leukemia positive cat running around bonkers with his housemates today. It is a wonderful, amazing, and all natural treatment, which has incredibly interesting science behind it for anyone who is interested in natural healing.

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298 Laura November 12, 2014

Hi! I just recently found your blog! I hope Sketchie is doing ok. I wanted to tell you that I had a cat with GI lymphoma. She lived with it for four years. I looked into alternative type treatments because I did not want to give her medication but from everything I read, there wasn’t anything that was effective on this type of lymphoma. We ended up using a combination of Luekeran and predisolone. It worked wonderfully for our Callie. She was a happy kitty for almost all of those four years. She ended up with some cognitive disfunction so she was not quite herself sometimes towards the end. She lived to be 18.5 yrs old. I will miss her every day. Thanks for letting me share. I hope Sketchie is doing well. I love your blog. It’s so inspiring. Thanks for being a light in the world. :)

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299 Marta January 3, 2015

I recently discovered your blog, so I didn’t even know you had such a cutie. I love animals, I’ve been surrounded by them since I was a little girl, and I understand how miserable one feels when they suffer and you don’t know what to do to help them.
My heart goes with you and Sketchie, I hope you will find something that will make him healthy and happy. I’m sure he’s being loved and cared for and that’s what matters.
Big hug and kiss to beautiful Sketchie.

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300 Leigh Whitmire January 5, 2015

Dear Angela and Eric,

So sorry to hear about little Sketchie….my thoughts are certainly with you! I am a veterinarian and my sweet boy Parker also had intestinal lymphoma several years ago…unfortunately, it is common in kitties :(

If I could offer any advice, I’d say to focus on one day at a time..live “like a cat”…one minute at a time, one day at a time. The thing about animals with cancer…they don’t wake up every morning knowing they have cancer. They are troopers and face each day with tremendous courage.

Sketchie is a lucky boy to have such an amazing family! Keep up the wonderful care with him. —Leigh W.

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301 Cindy January 16, 2015

Sadly, my baby girl died from feline gastrolymphoma this past December. She had survived breast cancer twice and we didn’t find her lymphoma until it was too late (we thought it was a dental infection). If it is caught early, steroids and chemo can be done and from what we saw that does buy some significant time. I hope Sketchie has many more years ahead!

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302 Lisa Paris February 3, 2015

Angela and Eric,
I ran across your blog because I love to cook and I am always looking to see what other people are doing for inspiration and ideas.
I am so sorry this happened to your precious kitty. I have an 8 year young tortoushell female that has been the joy of my life. I have never had a more affectionate, loving pet. She came down with breast cancer last spring. I felt the same as you. Not my Cookie!. I’ve had a cat that lived to 23 that I was growing up. After two awful surgeries that made her and us miserable I had to think of her quality of life in the time she has left. It breaks my heart and I have seen so much pet cancer in my life. It is disturbing and I suspect quality of food, pesticides ? Hope he is doing well.

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303 Norine July 28, 2015

What a heartwarming story. I was not so lucky. . . Molly developed bad potty habits and the vet advised that once this starts, it is nearly impossible to reverse it. Sooooo, I did the kind thing and ended Molly’s life. She is buried in my backyard where she can watch the birds.

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304 Tracy Parkin September 6, 2015

I had a question about brown rice syrup…I purchased it to make your Present Glo Bars, then I googled it and it says it has a high glycemic level….should I use another sugar substitute?
~Tracy

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305 Jeanie September 12, 2015

I hope Sketchie is still doing well. Went to out local farmers market and got some organic kale and looked up recipes for chips and found yours. Saw the picture of your cat and had to read the story. Just today I took my sweet Ishtar who is 13 to the vets because of what I figured was her cancer flaring up again. I was right and she won’t have long now. Just sending good energy and love to your sweet cat. We do love our animals…..and getting all the ingredients to try your wonderful recipe. Thank you.

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306 Peter October 10, 2015

Sooooo sorryyyyy :( I just read about this Angela. Is Archie a survivor ? Please tell me the good news because I am an animal lover .

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307 cara October 15, 2015

I haven’t read any comments on what your sweet kitty is eating for food. Do you feed her raw by chance? I have been feeding my three cats raw food for many years now and many holistic vets recommend this to give them adequate nutrition and enzymes. Its the most natural way for them to eat and gives them the best chance at fighting disease.

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