A Nudge

I suspect some might be wondering how Zoey is doing...

Zoey is living the life that is hers to live. Yes, she gets regular treatments to keep the Lymphoma at bay but Lymphoma is not what defines Zoey or her life.

When a dog has a disease or an issue of some kind, it is easy to make that thing the central theme in the dog's story. I try not to do that. 

What we amplify -- to ourselves and to others -- is where attention lands. Why would I want the spotlight to be on Lymphoma when really -- it should be on Zoey?

Zoey is not Lymphoma. That is just a thing that happened.

I write about it when I think there is something instructive about the experience.

Like now.

6 comments

by Kay on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 08:55

Zoey looks great and is still teaching us lessons. It's important to keep looking at the full half of the glass (and the blue ball).

by Deb on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:14

I'm glad Zoey is still herself. She has lymphoma, but it doesn't have her. It's inspiring!

by Kathy L on Wed, 01/24/2018 - 07:22

She looks amazing!

by Jennifer Z on Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:58

Zoey looks wonderful! I am so happy for her, and for her family, that she is living her life in such a good way. I think veterinarians can be helpful (or not) in not defining our dogs as "cancer patients". When my dear Donner was being treated for cancer, we went to see the oncologist for a follow-up ultrasound. It was the _one_ time that I forgot to remind them about minimal shaving. When the tech brought him out, he had been shaved on both sides almost all the way up to his spine. I was horrified, angry, sad, everything bad emotion you can come up with. It was ll I could do to pay my bill and storm out of there. I was so upset that I could not speak to the oncologist for several days. They had taken my beautiful, beloved family member and turned him into a "cancer patient". I knew he would die before the hair could grow back, and that is what happened. When I was finally calm enough to talk to her, I shared my feelings with the oncologist. She promised me that she would bring the issue of excessive shaving up at their next staff meeting. I knew to be my dog's advocate, but I had forgotten that one time.

by CA Heidi on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 18:34

Today marks 7 years ago that I lost Harley. Right about this time, I was in the bathtub, where I felt I could cry about as much as I needed to while Michael held my hand. That memory still makes me cry. I gave him my best, but there was so much that I didn't know. What a teacher he was, and still IS in my life. All my animals have been great teachers, through the love and even with the pain as well. This post is a good reminder to remember ALL of him, and not just that part.

XO

~H

by Mari on Sat, 01/27/2018 - 15:11

Very happy to hear Zoey is doing well, and continuing to live her life to the fullest!

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