About this site
Resources about Feline Fibrosarcoma
I guess I'm not the first person to lose a loved one to cancer. I refer to Nina as my sister because that's just how I feel. We grew up together, since I was 11 and she was still a baby, and I wouldn't change a single moment I had with her. I would add more of those moments but things only happen in the way they can. Even terrible things like being sick. Though it has to be said, I don't think it is possible to handle it better than she did. She deserved better and I know that unfortunately she was not alone in this ailment, so I want to reach out and help those in the same situation, as a form of honouring her life and what she means to me.
In this website, I tried to collect all the informations I could find that can possibly make a difference in helping those afflicted by the same sickness, so you can navigate your way through this and come out in one piece on the other side.
So, I guess I'll tell you a bit of how this site came to be.
It started with her getting diagnosed with low-grade fibrosarcoma. At first, I just wanted to know what it was, and sure enough, along with some "less than in-depth" descriptions of this type of tumor, there was a plethora of messages and questions of people whose pets had been diagnosed with the same or similar illness. What I didn't find however, were any good common practices on how to treat it. Just some very gloomy predictions about survival rates and such. But I guess what really made me think about making a website was the fact the the information was just dispersed all over the place, in little portions at a time. Though, to be honest, I had never put anything online, I didn't even post in forums, so I wasn't really looking into doing anything.
But that changed. After Nini was put through surgery, I thought it was pretty much solved. I was wrong. Even though the tumor was detected early, it reoccurred quite promptly, leading me and my family to ponder future treatment options.
Well, in the weeks she was recovering from the surgery, I ended up reading a lot about the pathogenesis of fibrosarcomas, and came across some different approaches to them. Some more conventional, others less so. The truth is that the old "cut'n'stitch" was an ever poorer option as time went by. So we tried some things, always with our vet's O.K., and got some good results, though in the end, it was not enough.
In the 8 months that spanned between her surgery and her passing away, I ended up reading many medical articles, getting in touch with some people, and read a very interesting book called "The Body Electric" by Robert O. Becker, M.D., that gives a more bioengineering perspective on life. Alas, I didn't get to employ many of the alternative therapies I read about, but still we managed to go some way into giving her a better quality of life, all the way until the end.
Which brings us here.
It is my wish, and homage to Nini, that if anything you learn here helps you help your loved one in need, I will share here all I know, regardless of how little or misguided it may be, because you will be happy you tried your all for someone you love, and you will remember it forever.
As a summation:
If I haven't said it out right by now, this site will have information about feline fibrosarcoma. No cures (haven't found one yet), but some things that might get you on your way there. Of course I'll try to keep it updated, but I'm finishing college now, and going through some things, but there's an e-mail on reader interaction you can use to reach me. By the way, I'm sorry if some of the info is a little technical, with some cryptic writing, but medical stuff can only be simplified so far before it loses too much content. Hope it helps.
A short bio of the author
Hi. My name is Leo, born in 1985, in Lisbon, Portugal. At the time of writing, I'm trying to complete a Master's degree in "Engenharia Física Tecnológica" (Applied Physics), in I.S.T.. I have a twin brother named Angelo, and we both live here in Mercês, about half way between Sintra and Lisbon. We're both left-handed (and so was Nina). All in all, I'm just really average for this world, but everyone is special for this dream.