Oct 24


After a long, draining battle with cancer, Tilly had her final chemo treatment today. This epic journey started on Good Friday when she lost her appetite. A mis-diagnosis resulted in a month of her barely eating while we treated incorrectly. When we finally had the good sense to get a second opinion, we were devastated by the news that she had stage 4 lymphoma.

But how privileged are we to live less than a mile from a veterinary practice with an oncology specialization? How fortunate that we are avid savers and able to afford five months of treatment for our beloved, sweet girl? This is not lost on us, and we are grateful. So very grateful.

Just as I did the first time, when I picked Tilly up after her treatment today, I cried a little. Throughout treatment, techs and our wonderful vet have raved about Tilly’s sweet nature, her patience during treatment, her empathy. The tech who discharged her told me they all said good bye to Tilly today, that it was a bittersweet day for them. That tender, warm care is one of the many reasons we are fans of this practice.

And having had all this time with Tilly when we thought we would lose her is priceless. For the first time since April, I feel at peace. Sure, she will leave us some day. But for now, thanks to science and wonderful care, our Tilly is in remission. She’s looking good, feeling strong, enjoying life.

In the end, that’s all we want for our loved ones, for everyone: a chance to be healthy, feel strong, and enjoy life. I wish it for you, dear reader, and I hope you’ll raise a glass in celebration with us. Here’s to life.


  1. This is wonderful news! Now, please excuse me while I cry at my desk in front of medical students…

  2. To Life! And day to day. It’s all we can hope for and it’s all we really need. Love to Tilly and you both.

  3. Maddie /

    I will indeed raise a glass to you all xx

  4. Such happy news!

  5. congratulations! That is sweet news πŸ™‚

  6. Hooray, Tilly! This is such great news.

    Please enjoy each other for as long as you can, and give her a kiss from me. πŸ™‚

  7. what wonderful news to hear! lots of love and extra tummy rubs.

  8. This is such wonderful news!

  9. I am so, so happy for you. I really am. I’m glad that you’re getting this precious time with Tilly.

  10. What terrific news! I’m so happy for Tilly!

  11. Hooray! Lifting a glass to continued remission and good health for all!

  12. Oh, such good news! Here’s to continued good health and remission for your dear Tilly!

  13. Here’s to Tilly! And a toast to you all.

  14. I’m SO happy to read this, Beverly! What wonderful and uplifting news. I’m happy for you, Tilly, and your whole family. I wish you many more happy times with your beautiful girl!

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