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How My Dog Helped Me Through Cancer

June 9th, 2014 |
Recurrence & Metastasis, Young Adult Cancer

by MarryMint | Survivor: Melanoma    Connect


Do you have a pet that helped you before, during or after a cancer diagnosis? In this guest blog post, Amanda shares how her dog, Schatzi helped her stay positive during her cancer journey.

My family, well, we are all dog people. When I moved out of my parent's house to go to college I really wanted to get a dog of my own, but it just wasn't practical. I was in school and working plus doing ROTC so I just didn't have the time to properly care for a pet. Then cancer happened. I had to withdraw from school and move home. Silver linings people! What better time to get a dog, right? Of course my parents weren't going to say no (see this was a Cancer Card/Pity Purchase combo.)

I did my research and had everything lined up to pick out a pup just a few weeks after I finished the induction phase of my treatment. The puppies made my choice so surprisingly easy; one particular young lady curled up in my lap and only left to greet my family members--but then came right back!

She came home with me that day. Her name is Schatzi. She also goes by the names "Schitzi" {used for those "special" puppy moments} and Schatzi Ann. When she was small we went everywhere together. She took care of me when treatment made me feel crappy and she got me up and moving when I needed to most. Puppies don't care if you have cancer...they will shit in the house if you don't get up and walk them. FACT!

We learned and grew as a team. She approved of my boyfriend Kyle and even helped us "break in" a new addition to our family; our little dog LT. "The Girls" then let us get married. A couple of moves and many long road trips later, Schatzi is now helping us raise our daughter, Mallory.

I could literally have an entire blog filled with stories about BOTH of my wonderful dogs, but I thought it was important to share the story of my Schatzi and why she is so extra special. We have been through a lot together! She turns five this year and I could not be more excited to watch her develop a relationship with Mallory.

When we were discussing names for our baby girl I suggested only half jokingly that we give our daughter Schatzi's middle name, Ann. Kyle's response to me was; "she should be so lucky. That's quite an honor."

He is exactly right.

Do you have an extra special pet? I'd love to hear about your best friend.

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Amanda was diagnosed with stage 3b metastatic melanoma at the age of 19. She's since graduated college, got married and welcomed her first baby into the world! Check out her blog at www.marry-mint.com and connect with her on IHC under the username marrymint.

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