...and we still think about our little Stormie all the time, she will never be forgotten. Thank you for coming by here on Furry Fighter Day and remembering our little lady too. The support we got from the Cat Blogosphere during Storm's illness was invaluable to us all, it really is a unique community full of wonderful people. We send all of you our love, and best wishes...here's sending love to all of our furry friends at the Rainbow Bridge....Castle, Tigger and The Meowmies xxx
Monday, 13 June 2011
Thank you for popping by and remembering our beautiful Stormie today, she is still very much missed and we think of her often. She was such a beautiful little soul. She has now been gone for three years, and in that time her legacy has been to give two elderly cats a loving home in their twilight years - we also hope that some people have found this blog useful when dealing with lymphoma or any other scary illness that their pet is living with.
We are sure Stormie has found Timmy and that they play together as much as I do with Tigger...but my sister will always be the most special of companions for me.
We love you little lady xxx
Posted by Castle at 17:39
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Two years today we said goodbye, and we all still miss you terribly. I have had a friend keep me company since you left, but he has also gone now and I know you welcomed Timmy when he arrived at The Bridge.
Stormie...today on Furry Fighter Day we will remember just what a wonderful and special little cat you were - The Most Beautiful Siamese Cat In The World. We love you Kormie xxx
Posted by Castle at 03:22
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Saturday, 21 June 2008
We then placed a final kiss on her nose 'X' and made our way to the Gardens of Remembrance where we a laid a tiny cat-sized bouquet of flowers at the base of a tree, by a small lake, in Storm's memory...the tiny bouquet was part of a larger, gorgeous bouquet that Ben Vet and his colleagues sent to us in sympathy earlier in the week (pictured below)...it seemed like the right and most fitting thing to do, a gift from us all. We watched as Stormie, her shoelace and the pictures drifted into the sky in the form of a pure white, clean smoke...
We stayed in the Gardens for almost three hours, sitting on the bench beneath Storm's tree, whilst we waited for Stormie to be returned to us. It was such a beautiful and peaceful place, the Gardens are lovingly cared for, and so are the graves and memorials of all the pets within.
We were then reunited with Stormie..her precious ashes interred in a mango wood pot that Jo and I purchased in Thailand about 6 years ago from Khao Lak beach. We have another one which is exactly the same, this will be Castle's pot when it is his time to join his sister Stormie. We travelled back on the train, I cradled Storm and pointed out her birth place, Sawbridgeworth, as we passed through it once again...and then Storm was home again, where she belongs, with her family.
When we were first told that Stormie had lymphoma and that 6-9 months was the average survival time with treatment, our world fell apart, we were sad and we feared what lay ahead of us, how little time we had left. Was Storm going to survive past Christmas? Was it going to be 2, 4 or 6 months or less? Maybe 9 months? Dare we hope for more? From that initial diagnosis in December 2006 every day has been a blessing for us, extra time with our baby girl. When we hit the 9 month mark, the 'top' of the median survival time, we were overjoyed, it seemed such an impossible thing to have hoped for 9 months previously. However, even though Storm seemed normal and well and healthy, we always knew that inside her something wasn't quite right and that one day it would allow the lymphoma to return - for that reason every day really did become a special and cherished day, lived with love, not fear or sadness. When you know you are on borrowed time you make that much more of an effort to enjoy the things that light up your life.
Storm eventually made it to 18 months past diagnosis, beating the lymphoma twice...but sadly her little body just couldn't cope with the second battle, she had become tired. I hope that anyone who stumbles across this blog whilst searching for info on feline lymphoma will draw hope from it...although Storm is no longer here, she fought her fight and won it, she did not suffer and she had a normal quality of life...for twice as long as the best prediction. So, if you too are feeling sad and afraid please think of Stormie and remember how successful her battle with lymphoma was...it's not the end of the world, it's a new beginning...
Thank you to all of you wonderful cats and people on the cat blogosphere for making our blogging so much fun over the past year..and for being such a great source of comfort to us during this very difficult time. We thank our friends on Meezer.com, in particular Jeanie, who has been such a great support throughout and has known Storm online for about 10 years now. We also thank our families too for their love and concern.
Lovely Ben Vet, Caroline Vet, Nurse Ann, Nurse Jo, Nurse Jenna and everyone else at the vet practice - we thank you for giving us this time with Stormie; your care, dedication and love for our little girl was evident (and still is) and we will always be thankful for everything that you have done.
Stormie, we miss you so much, I can't put it into words because no combination of words can do justice to how much we miss you and love you. You are our special girl, always will be and will remain forever in our hearts.
You won in every sense of the word... now sleep tight little lady...love you always and forever, Linda, Jo and Castle xxx
Stormie, February 1st 1996 - June 13th 2008
I was chosen to day
I'm learning to fly
the world took me away,
but please don't you cry.
And I chose you today
to try and be strong
so please don't you cry
and don't say that I'm gone.
When you're feeling alone
just remember our love,
I'm up near the stars
looking down from above.
Remember our love
in a moment you'll see
that I'm still here beide you
When you're thinking of me.
Posted by The Furry Fighter at 13:18
Sunday, 15 June 2008
(posted by Castle, Storm's loving and devoted brother, photos were taken on the day by my Meowmies).
On Friday I had to perform one of my most important and yet most difficult tasks as a vet – to send Storm on her way, to prevent such a special cat from suffering.
I have so many great memories of Storm, from the very beginning of her illness when she went home just in time for Christmas (2006).
The most surprising of all was that, when she was receiving intravenous chemo, she would stay completely still as long as she could hide her head under her blanket. This became a bit of a ritual: We’d get everything ready for the treatment – drugs, catheters, gloves, masks and… Storm’s blanket.
Storm’s meowmies’ dedication was unparalleled and the only factor in any decision was always Storm’s well-being.
So, on Friday, we said goodbye to an old friend, a beacon of feline fortitude and a cat that has touched so many lives. We gave her the gift of freedom from suffering and of dignity. And that is how she left us - very calmly, understanding even, that we were doing the very best we could for our dear, beloved Storm.
I will always remember her,
Posted by Castle at 11:32
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
I won because I fought the second bout of cancer and made the 3 tumours go away...I just got a little weak and my body has no more to give.
I won because I have been surrounded by love and have had the best family I could wish for.
I did not lose this fight...it is just time for me to go now.
Ben Vet is coming around to see me in my home on Friday at about 1pm, he is going to help me to the Bridge. I am just too weak to carry on - I'm not in pain, just debilitated - I am not going to get better either. My Meowmies love me so much and they are doing the best thing for me...as they have always done.
And please don't think that Friday the 13th is unlucky...it is not because I am lucky in that I am able to spend today and tomorrow with my Meowmies and Castle, doing the things I love to do. I will also be released from this illness and will be going to a beautiful place. 13 is also my Meowmie L's lucky number and birthdate so please celebrate this Friday the 13th as a lucky day...for me.
Meowmie has been playing wildlife DVDs for me today, I love to watch them and listen to the noises so much. Today was David Attenborough films, tomorrow we have March Of The Penguins and 100 Greatest Wildlife Moments, also with David Attenborough (he's the best!).
Thank you all for being my friends over the past year...I hope you will take care of my beautiful Castle for me, he has been the BEST brother ever...I won't be able to visit all the blogs to say a personal goodbye, so I will say one here to you all...and from the bottom of my heart I truly wish you all a happy and healthy life...until we meet again....
Love and purrs and headbutts...always,
Posted by The Furry Fighter at 17:38