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Rosemary's Ginger...

A Story of HOPE:

By Rosemary Levesque

Ginger 2005The following is an excerpt from our website, www.RosemarysSolutions.com

Though Ginger's story below began in October 2006 with her collapse from hemangiosarcoma (blood cancer), there is much more to tell. Ginger is certainly a wonderful and unique girl, and we look forward to sharing our upcoming book and relating the rest of the story. Here is a Story of Hope as you will discover how Ginger overcame the terrible diagnosis using natural and holistic methods without the use of drugs.

October 21, 2006

Ginger is my 12½ year old yellow lab who has been an insulin dependant diabetic for 5 years. Because of this development we gave her a raw food diet and supplemented her with wonderful nutritional supplements that allowed her pretty good control over her blood sugar levels.

On September 20, 2006

Ginger collapsed at 4:15 a.m. I immediately thought it was low blood sugar and rushed to give her karo syrup. When she didn't respond to that I checked her blood sugar with a glucometer and discovered that her blood sugar was high, not low. Ginger couldn't stand and we brought her to our local emergency hospital.

Through ultrasound the doctors detected a mass on her spleen. She had emergency surgery to remove the mass and the spleen. Internal bleeding and a drop in blood pressure was the cause of her collapse and Ginger was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, a blood cancer. Hemangiosarcoma manifests in highly vascular organs like the spleen or the heart. Internal bleeding allows for the abnormal cells to seed themselves throughout the body. There was certainly plenty of bleeding during the surgery as the spleen ruptured.

Ginger was quite weak after that and spent 4 days at Dove Lewis Emergency hospital. She received a blood transfusion to boost her energy and her red blood cell count. At the time before the transfusion her count was 17. After that it was about 21 or so. Normal is 35 and we were told we probably wouldn't see that. We were also told that dogs with this type of surgery rarely live more than 2 months following surgery and not to worry too much about controlling her blood sugar. It would probably be high and remain that way. The picture they painted was pretty grim.

We were introduced to liquid zeolite last May and decided we all needed to be taking it for prevention. Ginger had the benefit of taking a “detox” dose right along with us for 30 days. We were seeing some interesting signs back then but didn't really know what we they meant. I remember her passing a purple slimy stool and thought that that was her way of detoxing. She had a cough that disappeared, too. She seemed to have a little more energy during that time, but it was hard to say what was really happening. We cut back on the drops she was receiving to a minimum and skipped quite a few doses during the time of July through September.

During her stay at the hospital we asked the staff to give her drops whenever they checked on her. That was quite often as she was in ICU. Since she has been home she has been getting 10 drops of liquid zeolite per hour. It may sound like a lot but I understand that zeolite has GRAS status with the FDA and is safe. I also understand that hemangiosarcoma is probably the most severe form of cancer a dog can have. We needed to be aggressive with her healing.

Here's what we're seeing as of today, 4 weeks since her return home from ICU. Two weeks after the surgery her red blood count was up to 37 (normal is 35.) Her appetite is good and her strength is increasing daily. She wants to go for longer walks and is jumping up as we boost her into the car. Her blood sugar is managing well and we've had to reduce her insulin a bit. Today we took her to the river where we watched our daughter in a crew race. It was nice to have Ginger with us enjoying the time outside and socializing. We find that she is sleeping less and is back to being underfoot, something we had not seen for a long, long time.

I believe we can look forward to more quality time with Ginger. At 12 ½ she may not have years ahead, but we're planning to enjoy her company for some time still.

Update, Jan 12, 2007

Ginger is still with us and doing well. It has been 113 days since her surgery. I am now giving her less insulin because her blood sugar is lower. She continues to have good energy and strength. Her vet says that these are signs of a healthy dog. Both of Ginger's vets have joined me in sharing liquid zeolite as a complement to their services.

Update, Apr 29, 2007

Ginger climbed the stairs to wake us up at 6 a.m. I was so overwhelmed by my joy at her accomplishment that I hugged her and had a good cry.

Update, May 23, 2007

More good news. We had a follow-up vet appointment yesterday with Dr. Goodman. Ginger was unusually active and showing more energy during her visit. The clostridium infection that has bothered her for a month is dramatically coming under control and her improvement is four-fold from only one week ago. I am attributing the improvement to a slight change in her diet. We added coconut oil and whole leaf aloe vera concentrate along with another probiotic that we give her several times per day. I really like how a grocery store had the ingredients I needed as a solution for Ginger… not more meds. Dr. Goodman is wonderful to admit that he and veterinary medicine do not have all the answers and works with me to help Ginger be better.

Even better, Ginger needs less insulin now than last month and even the month before. I've been tracking Ginger's blood sugar and the amount of insulin I give her. In my analysis Ginger needs 2 units less insulin than she did in April. April had also shown an improvement of a reduction in insulin by 2 units. That means compared to 2 months ago, Ginger needs 4 units LESS INSULIN now. So are these signs of a healthy dog? YES!

Update, July 21, 2007

As our family celebrates the ten month anniversary of Ginger's surgery and crisis with hemangiosarcoma, I appreciate the seemingly ordinary days that are really brimming with magic.

The magic manifests itself in my daily perceptions- Ginger pushes me constantly to do and learn more. Through her I've also developed many relationships with amazing people who otherwise would have remained undiscovered sources of love and support.

How has Ginger's crisis with hemangiosarcoma affected me? What has changed in my life? The word that comes to mind is MORE.

am more grateful and appreciative, more observant and careful, more aware and knowledgeable, more compassionate and nurturing.

I have more people in my life, more connections to my neighbors, and offer service to more people.

I trust myself more and have learned to access Universal Life Force Energy to offer Reiki. Ginger loves this and soaks up Reiki every day.

I reach out to others more through my website, my newsletter and sharing Ginger's story as a message of HOPE.

Update, September 20, 2007

Today we celebrate Ginger's one year anniversary from her initial diagnosis and surgery. Hurray! Though an anniversary can be a victory, we see every day as a victory and a gift. Ginger is an old girl and in good health. How wonderful to be able to say that! We walk three or four times a day and appreciate Ginger's ability and desire to be active.

Our goal is to share Ginger's story and her success in overcoming critical and life threatening health challenges, living a life with quality AND quantity. We also have a passion to make a difference in people's lives, not only through Ginger's story, but through the success stories created as a result of sharing this message with you.

If your life has been touched by Ginger's story and liquid zeolite, I invite you to submit your own story. By reaching out to others you could help another million lives… animals AND people. If you share this passion, which has become a sort of mission for me and so many other people, we have more to talk about. Your future and the future of many may be in the message. I know mine is. I look forward to hearing from you.

Update, Jan 26, 2008

It is with deep sadness and through tears that I am writing to say we had to let Ginger go yesterday. She was having constant seizures and her kidneys had shut down, complications due to diabetes. X-rays the day before showed no signs of cancer, and her spine was free of any arthritis... both amazing for a dog of her age and health history. We feel the loss of her warm presense greatly and appreciate the support and blessings given by friends and family.

We know we did everything we could for her, but she has given us so much more. Ginger and I will continue our work in sharing HOPE around the world. She overcame the diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma and lived in good health another 16 months after surgery to remove her spleen. At nearly 14 years old, she ran out of time.She lives on in our hearts.

Thank you for your part in supporting us

and sharing our loss as well as our success.

 

Rosemary Levesque

Portland, OR

 

 

 
 

 

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