Photo of Iffy

Dream If I May "Iffy"

(March 16, 1992 - January 27, 2004)

This is a place for Iffy Bichon's cancer journal.

January 27, 2004

Today we helped our Iffy (aka "Turbo Noodle", "Turbonium", "Iffers") cross the Bridge after a long battle with mammary adenocarcinoma. It was only in the past few days that she'd not been herself as the cancer spread in her body. Now I grieve, as my ever-cheerful little white shadow is gone. She lived everyday to its fullest and was a great companion not only to her humans, but also to her four-legged friends. We will miss her spirit and love her always.

(At some point, I do hope to finish the rest of her diary in hope that it will not only help me, but maybe other who are helping their pet fight this terrible disease.)

To learn more:

January 23, 2004

January 9, 2004

October 23, 2003

Iffy bellyIt's been several months since our last visit to the clinic, but some new bumps have appeared. On October 17, we make a short office visit and schedule this next surgery. Iffy has another surgery to remove some new growths (more coming).

June 26, 2003

A month has passed since the surgery and Iffy is back to her usual self. We refer to her tummy as the Franken-belly (as in Frankenstein) as the long suture scar remains and her teats are a bit re-arranged now. Sadly, she lost her companion Pu Chow to an undiagnosed intestinal mass early in June. I wonder if it's time to start thinking about adding another Bichon to our family.

May 23, 2003

After an overnight at the clinic, I brought Iffy home today. She's on a restricted activity directive and is resting (as comfortably as possible) in her small VariKennel. Various groans and moans come from the kennel beside my desk when she changes position. After dining on a scrambled egg, she's quietly sleeping.

May 22, 2003

Today Dr. P performed a regional mastectomy (removal of a series of mammary glands) including removing a couple of other small tumors located under her left caudal abdominal mammary gland.

May 1, 2003

Dr. P called me with the diagnosis -- mammary adenocarcinoma.

April 22, 2003

Iffy's lump was excised (removed) and sent to pathology.

April 14, 2003

After examining this new growth, our veterinarian agreed that the lump was indeed suspicious and should be removed. A fine needle aspirate was taken and some cells appeared suspicious.

April 8, 2003

One day after her dental, I noticed a suspicious lump located between her left caudal abdominal and inguinal mammary glands. It was roughly less than an inch long and less than one-half inch in diameter, slighty elongated and lumpy. I phoned Iffy's veterinarian, Dr. Perry, to let her know about this and my concern that it had appeared "out of the blue".

April 7, 2003

Iffy (just turned 11-years-old in March) gets her periodic dental to clean her chompers and has one tooth removed. I'm content that she is a happy, healthy and energetic Bichon.