In October 2013, my sweet dog, Katie, was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I needed money for her care but didn't want to ask strangers for charity, so I devised a way to raise funds for Katie Care by selling autographed copies of my novel Between Boyfriends, but then the whole Between Boyfriends and All for You Series. I made a short video with Katie to explain what the money is for and how everything works.
Katie underwent major surgery to have a tumor in her adrenal glands and one in her bladder removed in 2013. The surgeon was very good, but the tumor in the bladder could not be completely removed. Katie recovered well from surgery and is receiving daily chemo. Her prognosis is good if she continues to get treatment.
Update 1: Katie got her ultrasound this month, April 2014, which cost nearly $400. The tumor is smaller! However, Dr. Pearson said that we're only winning for now. Katie will need treatment for the rest of her life, including more blood work soon, and she doesn't think we'll win the war.
Update 2: As of December 2014 Katie is doing well on her meds but she still needs chemotherapy. Another ultrasound and bloodwork are needed soon.
Update 3: Bloodwork in May 2015 shows everything is normal with her kidney function, electrolytes, etc.
Update 4: As of June 21, 2015, Katie is in kidney failure and we don't know why.
Update 5: Soon after Katie's kidney problem appeared resolved, I noticed a significant increase in the blood in her urine. We did another ultrasound and found that there are now multiple tumors in Katie's bladder. I'm talking with specialists about the next course of action.
Update 6: At 12:20PM on September 2, 2015 my beloved Katie died suddenly. I rushed her to the emergency veterinary hospital but they could not save her. She was one day into a new chemo protocol. My heart is broken.