**UPDATE: I realized I should update that we were unable to save our Gráinne. The lymphoma was just too aggressive, she went down hill very quickly and had some sort of episode involving either a lesion or a blood-clot to the brain. She regained her ability to walk after the first one, but the vet was clear that nothing could be done. We planned to take her for her last trip a few days later, but she had another similar episode and we took her to an emergency vet in the middle of the night. We probably do not have to mention that we are devastated as is Gleann. **
I reached out to you all a few months ago to save our Terminator Spotter Gleann. Through an auction of Sarah Connor and other Terminator collectibles, a fundraiser and a little help from a dear friend, we were
able to get his surgery and he is doing great. Except for his worry over his packmate Gráinne who was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia at the same time we found out about his condition. At the time her numbers were good and we thought it was the only cancer she had.
Not long after he was recovering, Gráinne’s symptoms started showing up, even though her blood work showed her numbers not yet that high. Skin lesions, including on her nose, began to appear and we have now found out she also has cutaneous lymphoma.
This is still treatable with chemotherapy, however, it is far more aggressive and requires CCNU, a more expensive form of chemo. Her prognosis, however, is good if we can get it in time. Time is not on our side here!
In the meantime, my husband broke his leg and as a per diem EMT he has no benefits to help us through that. The timing couldn’t be worse. We need to start chemo THIS WEEK! Should have started already.
There is no time for any auction even if I had something to offer. Shirt sales from our shop may help with later doses, but we need help right now, too!
We do have a fundraiser up for her. Right now, due to money we spent to get her diagnosed, we need this to be at $1,400 for the first dose! Please help us out if you can!
I haven’t posted here for a long time. I actually was going to post about the 25th anniversary of Terminator 2 and various thoughts on that and the upcoming Terminator 2 3D release which is supposed to hit the US market in 2017. But…
In February I lost one of my First Line of Defense Heroes, Sachairi, to old age and liver disease. It was heartbreaking. Then we got hit with both of our other Terminator Spotters getting terrifying diagnosis the next month at their “routine” vet visit.
Gráinne, our Greyhound has leukemia. That was the one that sounded most horrifying. Gleann’s calcium was high….how dire that was took awhile for us to comprehend. While her white blood count and lack of symptoms means that we just need to get regular blood testing and will someday face chemo, right now Gráinne’s condition is stable.
However, Gleann’s calcium levels are rising and over the summer we finally got the funds to find out that it is primary hyperparathyroidism caused by a nodule in one of his parathyroid glands. We need to get this removed as soon as possible, we’re already running way behind because of how long this took to get a diagnosis!
And please go to and share our fundraiser link! And donate if you can. I have perks available and am looking for more. There may even be more Terminator related items on there as well. There are only a couple more days left from where we’d hoped to have the surgery scheduled, but it appears we may have to extend it. BUT we don’t know how long he has, before damage might be done! So please! Share and donate and bid if you can!
It’s been over a year since any of us have posted here. I’m by far the most shameful for this offense as I had intended to get my next installment out over a year ago now. Life happens. Non-paid and not related to making a living in other way writing gigs do get shunted for those things which might make us a living. Until Judgment Day rearranges things, that’s still how we have to keep roofs over our heads and food on the table. I hope to get the next installment done soon. No, this time I mean it. Yeah, I do understand your doubts.
Meanwhile, you might want to check out the blog of a student who is chronicling her way through the curriculum so check out Much Like Sarah, Exactly Like Me