Monday, 17 September 2007

A Special Day (and Meezer Mancat Monday)

Well, pretty much 9 months ago today I was told I had the badness inside me - the horrid Lymphoma. After spending a few days at the Vet Place and having the exploratory surgery, I remember my Meowmies coming in to visit me to bring me chicken to cheer me up and that is when Ben Vet told my Meowmies about my lymphoma and their eyes went all wet. I tried to cheer them up by tucking into my chicken cos they smile alot when I eat heartily, but their eyes stayed wet for a while.

On that day, 9 months ago, Ben Vet also explained to my Meowmies that the average survival time for a cat with lymphoma was 6 to 9 months with cheamo treatment. He also explained that some cats only go on for a few weeks or a couple of months once cheamo starts, and that some can go on for a year or two, maybe even three or four years! Unfortunately the ones that go on for years are usually cats with Small-cell lymphoma - I've got/had large-cell lymphoma which is the worse of the two and has reduced survival rates. Supposedly I'm in remission now though.

So, 9 months on, I like to think that I have exceeded the 'average' mark and now every day from here on in is 'above average' and I am achieving something extra-special with every second that passes. I remember my meowmie buying a notebook 9 months ago to record my daily progress, I remember her turning to me, rubbing my cheeks and kissing my forehead softly and saying that she hoped we would get at least half-way through it cos that would indicate 6 months of survival...well, we are almost at the end of it now! I am definitely an above-average cat! :)

The past couple of days have been sick free too - I am back on daily Zantac and Stemetil - but then, wouldn't you know it, Castle went and honked up a FULL TUMMY of food all over the bedroom floor this morning !!! Poor Meowmie, she never gets a break from cleaning up our tummy-ups! If anyone can recommend a goods steam cleaner with vacuum facility she would very much appreciate it!

You remember I said me and Castle don't react to catnip? Well, yesterday Meowmie went to the Vet and asked for a potent catnip toy, explaining that we didn't react to nip usually. The Pet Shop Girl laughed and gave Meowmie a nip cigar toy and said it was the strongest they had and if we didn't react to it then we were definitely immune. Well, to mark Meezer Mancat Monday here is Castle with the potent nip toy:

As you can see, he hasn't let me near it yet...I did try but he chased me off so I bit his back but he stood his ground. Once he does lte me near it I will advise you of the results!


Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Yes, those cigars and the banana's are INCREDIBLE!!! Congrats on such an incredible milestone!! I am so happy to know you and your strength through your fight is so admirable.


Anonymous said...

Mini's nip raviolis are pretty potent--though I don't react to those either much. I do however tend to roll around on that a bit!

I'm glad you have beaten the odds Storm. We just noticed your new store and I'll have to prod the woman into getting a banner up for you on our cafepress advertisement and also on our cafepress page to send more folks over there!

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

You are definitely above-average Storm! I hope you stay in remission for many, many years to come.

Castle is really enjoying that 'nip cigar. I have one too that I really like to play with. :) I saw that you sniffed it a bit, but then Castle chased you away again. I hope you get a chance to play with it soon!

The Meezers or Billy said...

Storm- you are well above average!

mommy has a Spot Bot that she uses on our rugs. It's small and it works really really well!

Christine and FAZ said...

It's 100% true you are well above average and making 9 months is a real mile stone. Well done my friend. FAZ

Unknown said...

I really want one of those nip cigars. I'm so glad that you've beat the mark. I really have a good feeling that you are going to be around for a lot longer.

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NewsPaws said...


You are WAY above average!!

I am keeping my paws crossed for you!

Your furry fan,

Quan Yin (YY tio my friends like you!)

MaoMao said...

Wow, Stormie! That is just superduper and I am doin' a happy dance fur you! And you are wayyyyy above afferage -- you are a wunnerful kitty and I'm furry glad to have you as my furriend!

And that catnip cigar looks REALLY KOOL!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Irishcoda said...

So glad to hear the good news Storm! Enjoyed that video clip!

Forty Paws said...

We're very glad that you are above average Storm! That's great because that means we got to meet you.

Looks like the nip cigar worked. Keep us posted on your reaction.

Luf, Us

Tiger Lily said...

Hi Storm! Congratulations on veating the average. That's great news!

I'll have to try a nip cigar someday 'cuz I don't usually like any I've tried so far.

Mom and my Daddy have a Kirby with the attachment to wash the carpet. It's a little heavy but it works really well. You can usually get a used one for a really good price at a Kirby store. I know all about this 'cuz with 3 kitties and 2 woofies there are lots of reasons for needing it.

Tara said...

Yes Storm, I always knew you were above average! Congratulations on beating the odds, and my you keep doing so.

I hope you get a chance to check out that cigar some day!


Anonymous said...


Congratulations on beating the odds! If anyone deserves the nip cigar, it's you, but I did enjoy seeing your brother have a go at it. I loved the way he held on to it with his paw as he was sniffing it. Perhaps your mom needs to go get another one so you each have one. I am so glad you are such a strong furry fighter, so we could all get to know you. Keep fighting so you continue to beat the odds.

Tara (not the cat)

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Starbuck and Torrey said...

9 months! Ah, what do the doctors know! If they had known you they would have re-thought their prediction! I'm so glad you're still around and look forward to many more entertaining posts!

Karen Jo said...

Many congratulations on reaching such a good landmark, Storm. You are way above average. I hope you stay in remission for years to come. Castle is really going to town with that catnip cigar. I hope you get to play with it, too, and soon. Keep up the good fight. We are all rooting for you.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Storm, you are way above average, we already knew that. It's good to know you're still beating cancer.

Keeping all our paws crossed for you.

The Cat Realm said...

That was a good back bite! Anastasia style executed, with a fast retrieval! Very impressive!
We just keep on sending you all our purrs for staying healthy, kind of, and keep on going! You sure are a fighter!
Captain Jack Flint a.k.a. Karl

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

Hi Stormy --

You're so brave and good. I will keep my paws crossed double for you.