is not a story about a Bichon up for adoption, but rather about one who has a
very loving home already. Sadly, he also has cancer. His name is Champer. We are
all joining together in prayer for this precious boy, Champer.
SCRIPT: July 13, 2001
Champer passed from this life on July 13, 2001
Champer has crossed the Bridge
Date: 7/13/2001 11:39:29 AM Central Daylight
About an hour ago I held Champer as
Dr. Steve helped him across the Bridge. He went so very peacefully as I
whispered in his ear. He had begun to be quite uncomfortable and the largest
lesion began to ooze a little this morning.
I have absolutely no regrets
about even the tiniest thing that has occured since March 8 when we learned of
Thanks for all of your prayers and
Champer Age 8 1/2
(His front paw is
shaved...because he had his first chemo treatment yesterday.)
this web page, Robin's Canine
I received this letter from Champer's Mama,
Date: 3/13/2001 5:35:54 PM Central Standard Time
I've recieved your email
address (had already found your web page) and am (of course) desperate for info.
I have 2 Bichons (littermates...we call them brother & sister) 8 1/2
yrs. Male had lump on shoulder...did exploratory and biopsy of spot on skin
about 3" from swelling, blood work, too. Biopsy on muscle and spot showed
hemangiosarcoma. Can't beleive it...he seems to feel fine. Tires a little easy
but other than that....he's fine.
Having xrays tomorrow AM to see if
spots on lungs. If no spots...will try oral chemo per oncologist suggestion from
University of GA.
Help.....my family is devastated!!!! If you have any
info....I would SO appreciate it!!
Date: 3/13/2001 9:12:32 PM Central Standard Time
Yes yes yes!!! Prayers are wonderful.
Oncologist has been consulted.....we have left nothing unturned. Pray for us on
the chest xrays tomorrow. Oncologist and vet say under the circumstances (he
feels great just tires very easily) that we should try the oral chemo if no
additional tumors show up on the xrays.
We are so so so so devastated. He
is our babe....his sister (littermate) she will not know what to do without him
. They sleep side by side (sideways in our bed) every night and are totally
inseperable. Our hearts break for her, too.
Our two groomers have not
stopped crying since we learned this dreaded diagnosis. (last Thursday but it
seems like years). Champer (our sick babe) and Brandy (you guessed it...the sis)
go to the groomers every other week. Our four adult children have cried almost
Oh God....it hurts so bad. Noone can give us any
encouraging words. We are all trying to function...but it's so frickin'
Date: 3/14/2001 8:55:49 AM Central
I just wanted
to say a special THANKS to you. You can't imagine (oh God, yes you can you've
been here) how much of a comfort it is to know others care.
I had already
found every web reference you sent. Three of us have spent hours on the net
looking for hope. We have a growing notebook of info.
As you know
hemangiosarcoma grows in the blood vessels. As it has been explained to
me...Champer 's has not obviously attacked any internal organs but rather has
formed as 2 small skin lesions and the large attack on the left shoulder muscle.
It started when the groomer noticed a knot on his shoulder....about the size of
a small egg. Very hard to detect unless he was wet. (Thank God he gets groomed
every other week) Since he is bathed so often we know the growth had been there
no more than 10 days.
The groomer immediately called me and within 30
mins. he was at local vet office. He thought it was a possible hematoma. Tried
needle aspiration and got back fresh blood. Did complete blood work-up, cbc
w/diff, clotting tests. All tests okay....platlet and firbrogin a little off.
Did exploratory 4 days later on shoulder. When he was shaved a small spot (size
of a dime or even smaller) about 3" behind "lump". When vet opened....muscle
oozing blood....no tumor, no reason just full of blood. When he pressed
muscle...more blood. Did 2 incisions looking for clues. Totally removed spot and
area around it. Did 3 biopsies....one on spot, on behind muscle, one of muscle.
Inserted 2 drains.
Immediately lump began to form again. First night
after surgery was rough....my husband slept on floor with him. Pain meds did not
completely stop pain but vet was afraid to give a lot of meds for fear of
clotting problems once he saw the internal bleeding at the
(Husband took off work 2 days to sit with guys).
way.....week later biopsy results came back with hemangiosarcoma that was last
Thursday. Other than the lump (now size of kiwi) if you did not see the shaved
area....you would NEVER know anything was wrong with him. Plays hard, eats
well...just tires easily. If I didn't know I would merely say "Boy, he's
starting to show his age. I know how he feels.".
So there you have the
whole story. Felt like by knowing you might could help another. Thank you again.
I will keep you posted.
PS 2nd small lesion now on inner
knee. About size of 1/2 dime.
you have reached out to Cyndi, in her time of need. Cyndi now feels as if she
has a support group, who understands what she is going through. She sends out
daily updates on Champers progress while he fights the cancer. This is
the kind of cancer that
Champer's cancer is inoperable, but the
chemotherapy, which will not make him sick, will give him more precious
Champer (Behind) and Nurse Brandy, his sister.
If you would
like to join the list of people who are praying for Champer, and to receive
updates on hs condition, please write to his mom, Cyndi at Remaxcyndi@aol.com