“My story” begins in January when we “rescued” an 80 lb. husky named Mountain Man from the Night Song Siberian Husky Rescue sanctuary in Dayton, WA., after his owner died.
On a late night walk in June, he pulled me over a curb when he chased a rabbit. The result was a broken rib and x-rays showing a tumor inside my right lung.
The good news is that this neuroendocrine tumor (carcinoma) was found early enough that it appears the cancer cells aren’t very active. Preliminary tests are showing that my lymph nodes are okay, and that chemotherapy and radiation treatments may not be needed. We’ll know definitively after post-surgery tests.
The doctors are stressing how lucky I am, as it is extremely rare to find a tumor this early especially in a symptom-less non-smoker.
Lung cancer has touched our lives before. Mark’s birthmother died from lung cancer and her initial treatments impacted Mark’s prenatal health. We believe it also claimed Mountain Man’s first owner. The survival rate is not particularly high.
Therefore the popular pet-owner saying “Who Rescued Who” has special meaning for us.