Tiny Punkin Vs The Godzilla Tumor :(
Organized by: LaLonne Wyatt
August 18, 2016
DONATIONS NO LONGER NEEDED. Please read last, current, update. Thank you.
Please, all friends, family, and others with open, giving hearts...
We are running this Fundraiser for Punkin, a tiny little Shit-Tzu, who needs to have a tumor removed immediately. Last October, Punkin had a critical emergency surgery to remove an internal tumor and a prolapsed vagina/uterus. That surgery literally saved her life, as without it, she would have had to be put to sleep. She'd been doing very well after the surgery, but now has grown another tumor on the outside of her tummy/breast area. The vet says it is very dangerous, and needs to be removed as soon as possible, if not immediately. They are giving us a little more time to try to raise the funds for the surgery, but as the tumor is growing so quickly (as you can see from the photos), this is urgent and we need to have this done right away. The longer we have to wait, the tumor is going to get larger, and worse, it will start to make her more uncomfortable, and if she starts declining more, we will have no choice but to euthanize her so she doesn't suffer. *Please* don't let her run out of time!
The above estimate for the surgery, and her aftercare, are way more than I am able to handle on my own. Right now I am making payments of $70.00 a month to the Vet for Punkin's last visit, lab work (which she has to have done every 6 months), and an extra thyroid test that was deemed necessary on the last visit (negative). This is ongoing, as as soon as I am done with my last payment, it is the 6th month, and it starts all over again. Making that payment has made each month such a struggle, but she is my baby girl, and it isn't even a question of whether to do it or not. And after the last surgery being such a success, I am devastated that we are now needing to do another one. Punkin may have started out as a runt, growing to only 8 lbs, but being born and having to struggle to survive only made her stronger - she's a fighter. She proved that by making it through the last surgery with flying colors when some doubted she would make it at all. I just want her to have this chance to prove she can do it again - and with just a *little* help from enough people, we can make it possible!
I also want to tell you a little about myself, and my history, so you'll more understand just how much Punkin means to me, and how I desperately want her to be able to continue living in my life. In 2006, I caught Necrotizing Fasciitis ("Flesh Eating Disease") and was hospitalized for 6 months at Harborview in Seattle, in the beginning of which I was in an induced coma because of having to go in and out of surgery almost every day/other day. I was then moved to a wound clinic for the next 6 months, and then spent another 1 1/2 years getting grafts and healing, before finally having 5 foot surgeries and learning to walk again before coming home. Now I have been left with scars all over my body from my arms down, permanent nerve damage to my legs that cause chronic pain, overheating/flashes because I no longer have all the pores I once had because of the skin grafts, and other issues that I won't list. I am not telling you any of this for sympathy. I just want you to understand why I am on disability, why I am unable to pay for this surgery myself, and just how much my little girl means to me.
Over the 3 years I was hospitalized and away from home, I was Blessed with siblings and family who would make & take time from their own hectic families & schedules to come see me, cheer me, and support me. But I also made it through all of those painful surgeries, horrific wound cleanings, debriding, and skin grafts because of two big reasons - my mother, and my lil girl, who were waiting for me to come home to them. I was unable to see either of them over the 3 years I was gone because I was over an hour away, mom was too elderly with her own health issues to be able to travel to see me, and pets weren't allowed in the facilities. I was unspeakably grateful that mom had kept Punkin, taken care of her, and loved her until I could get back. Sadly, and so shockingly suddenly, mom passed away four years ago. Since then, it's been me and Punkin there for each other. Many owners feel that their pets are their children, and I am absolutely the same - maybe even more crazily than some people. I take her with me *everywhere*. I just can't convey in words how important she is in my life. She is my family, my child, my little girl, my world. I love her so, so, very deeply. Which is why I am pleading with you to please help me keep my little girl. I am only asking for the cost of the surgery, not a penny more.
I know it's hard to believe anyone that you read about online, and want you to know that my needing this help *is* legitimate, true, and real. You can call Alder Trail Animal Hospital anytime (360-377-3971) to verify Punkin is a patient, that she needs this surgery done, the estimate, and that we are trying to raise funds through this site online. You can make a Donation directly to the vet's office if you prefer, and if you do make a Donation directly, I will immediately remove that amount from the total here online - as I said, I'm not asking for more than is necessary for the surgery, and only that.
I have listed photos of Punkin on here, as well as pictures of her tumor. You can also go to my YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/MyLadySapphireIce) and peek at some of Punkin's videos so you can see the personality of the little one you're opening your heart to save. (I baby talk to her - she loves it, so you can turn off the volume if you wish.) I've been so Blessed to have this little girl in my life, and I am asking for your help so that she can have her surgery, and enjoy the rest of her life peacefully. She has so much life in her! Even if you can't help yourself, if you could please send this link to your friends and family - or anyone who you think might help, we would be absolutely beyond grateful. Please help her, so we can get this surgery over and behind her.
When she's feeling better I will post a current video so you can see how she's doing later after this is over. This won't be a story where you'll wonder what ever happened afterwards. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this long post. If we can just share her story enough, and get enough small donations, we *can* do this! Please pray for her, and leave encouraging comments if you wish to. Thank you, so much!!