About the Campaign
Binx, her best friend
I got Binx when he was a year old. While I was at college, I heard a friend was moving home and had decided to take his cat to the shelter because no one could take him. I really wasn’t able to have a cat where I was living but I had been wanting a furry companion and I couldn’t bare to see him go to the shelter. So I said yes. And it was the greatest decision I ever made! He’s my absolute best friend.
Trouble for Binx
This all started at the beginning of August when I first noticed he hadn’t been that excited for dinner, then he was sleeping more than usual. I finally decided to take him to the vet because something just wasn’t right. I thought maybe he just ate something or had a bug because the symptoms weren’t that alarming initially. Once the vet had done his examination he came in and said “I’m so sorry, it doesn’t look good. He has a mass in his abdomen” I left the vet in tears. They said that it was very rare to see this in such a young cat. They weren’t able to get a good tissue biopsy of the mass because it was “hard” but the cellular biopsy came back benign. I was SO relieved. The vet said it could be some foreign body that had gotten in there and it may just need to be removed.
They sent me to a specialty hospital for surgery to remove the mass. The surgeon sent the mass away to biopsy and it came back as Extraskeletal Osteosarcoma; an extremely rare and aggressive cancer in cats that only has three documented cases in all the medical literature. Needless to say I was upset to hear the news but grateful he would have some relief from the mass. I made an appointment with an oncologist, she said based off of the literature the best known course of action is to remove it, and then do chemo. All three other cats in the literature died within a year of having the mass removed, because of the aggressive nature of the cancer but none did chemo. She said because of his age (5) and his health otherwise, he should respond well to chemo.
The initial surgery to remove the mass was in total a little over $6000 and I had to pull from every resource I had to pay for it; it completely wiped me out. He’s my best friend, and I have to do anything I can and hope for a miracle. I know there are angels out there that look out for sick babies like this. Anything donated would be so appreciated <3
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