UPDATE in May 2013: The cancer has grown a little, but overall Tucker is doing decently. Here's his latest health report.
UPDATE in December 2012: Tucker is doing quite well one year later. Here is an update with the latest x-ray.
I am very sad to write this. I took Tucker in for his annual checkup today and asked the vet to do a chest x-ray. I'd felt he'd had more than his usual number of "off" days and thought his asthma might have worsened.
The vet was shocked to show me two spots on his lungs, deep and inoperable, near his heart and spine. Her concern is that a cancer has migrated from another spot in the body, but she could not find from where.
She also could not give me an estimate of time. Her hope is that it's slow growing, but I'm not sure about that. We will enjoy each day we have with him until he's no longer comfortable. We may have a few months or a year, but each day will be precious.
My heart is broken.
I will be taking some days off from the blog to adjust to this news. I want to encourage all you pet owners to follow your gut when it comes to your pet. Jim had thought a chest x-ray was unnecessary, but "something" told me he needed it.
My surgery went as expected and I'm doing ok. Lucy has been on nurse duty and is taking the job very seriously.
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