Here's the news most of you have been waiting patiently to hear.
Ein is now breathing through his nose and for the most part acting himself, in other words, like all the other Corgwn in the world, but with attitude galore.
Ein had his oncologist appointment on Tuesday of this week and we keep feeling like we've been punched in the gut.
The doctor discussed with us what she saw in all the reports and ran over our options.
1.) We could do radiation therapy. It would be a 30%-40% chance in reducing the tumor, but during the three months of treatment, he would be dealing with pain weeks on end.
2.) We could do chemotherapy. This would require five treatments and only has a 20% chance in reducing the tumor. 50% of dogs develop the runs, with 25% developing infections, and a few percent developing serious illnesses.
3.) Let him live out the remainder of his days as comfortable and happy as possible.
We have already taken option 1 off the table. Both of these would extend his life by about 7-9 additional months if successful. If not, it would be shorter due to his immune system then being decimated.
The doctor made it very clear that Ein is not a dog that will grow old. She has passed his file around and unfortunately in most cases, nasal soft tissue sarcoma wins.
It hurts us quite a lot. Not only do I personally feel like I've let him down somewhere along the line, I feel I've let all you that have supported us, down.
In the two and a half years that he's been in our lives, he has brought much happiness, laughter, and chin on the lap "I love yous," that we feel blessed to have loved him back. Because of this, I feel we owe it to him to explore other avenues as well. Maybe there's a trial at WSU that he would be a candidate for.
Thank you for all the support.