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Day 10 – Good News and a Good Day

Yesterday was a pretty great day for our family. We received the pathology results from Rusty’s amputation and it turns out that he has chondrosarcoma, grade 1, well-differentiated and not present in the lymph node. As far as cancer diagnoses go this is what we were hoping for Rusty. The results of his pre-surgery blood aspirate had shown “consistent with chondrosarcoma but osteosarcoma cannot be ruled out”.  We made an appointment with the oncology department at UW Madison and had prepared ourselves for chemo but it isn’t recommended for chondrosarcoma so we cancelled the appointment. We had just gone through an 18 month battle with hemangiosarcoma with our sweet Lucy and are very glad that Rusty’s amputation has been successful and that he has a good prognosis. I imagine there aren’t a lot of people who are cheering when they learn they have chondrosarcoma but under these circumstances we are counting ourselves very lucky indeed.

Resting Easy

On the amputation recovery front, Rusty is continuing to do very well and is learning to balance on three legs. He would really like to get at his incision so he has to wear the fancy pants Mom made for him! His can-do attitude is contagious and we are so proud of his progress.

Rusty’s fancy German lederhosen pants!

Day 9 – “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream”

Nine days post surgery. It was a beautiful, sunny day today on Mother’s Day and we decided to celebrate with a fun car ride to get ice cream. My mom and Rusty and I took a short drive to get a vanilla cone and use the gift card Rusty had received from my Dad and sister.  Rusty LOVES ice cream and works very hard to get every last bit out of the cone.

Working hard to clean out the cone….

All gone!

Rusty is continuing to heal and adjust to his life on three legs. We are adjusting to the sound of his new walk. I think he sounds like a cantering horse. We are working out a routine for food and meds and supplements and he is thrilled that this means he gets to eat more often throughout the day. We still don’t have pathology results from his surgery but I am so happy with his progress that I am rather enjoying the not knowing. I still have my fingers and toes crossed for good news.

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