Seamus had his check-up and…huge sigh of relief…he’s all good. Whatever lump was felt by his regular doctor was gone by the time the oncologist examined him. He’s coming up on 4 years from finishing up chemo with no recurrence of the cancer. He is indeed Super Beagle, as his original diagnosis was one year to live even with the surgery and chemo. We’re so proud of him beating all the odds.
The picture is Seamus with his oncologist, the good and great Dr. Autumn Duetelle. She’s been so fabulous with Seamus all through his treatment we cannot say enough good things about her. And our visit with her this time was bittersweet. We learned she is leaving the Veterinary Cancer Group in Tustin and moving to (of all places!) Minneapolis! We are so, so sad to see her go. Seamus was her third patient after she became a fully licensed, certified, all those many years and requirements completed, veterinarian oncologist, and they have a special bond. Much like I was the good and great Dr. Karam’s fifth patient (and oh yeah, who looks younger, Seamus’s doctor or mine? See picture below).
(That photo by the way, was taken just about a year ago..at my surgery check-up).
After we left Dr. Duetelle, I felt great that Seamus was all-clear and as healthy as could be. But I was also sad that Dr. Duetelle was leaving. And then suddenly I had this feeling of….hmmm….closure maybe? That Seamus’s cancer battle and treatments really were all over. After all, 4 years with no recurrence is like 28 years for we humans. And with Dr. Duetelle gone…I don’t know. It sort of feels like we’re all done with veterinarian oncology.
My check-up with my oncologist is May 12th. Once again though, I think Seamus has led the way and my check-up will go just as well as his did. Because, yeah, life works like that.