7-year-old Golden Retreiver
I have raised Nickel since he was six
months old and he has been a faithful and loving companion to me since
the very first kiss/lick. Nickel has always been a strong and healthy
dog. He was always the first to grab a stick, fetch and play. He earned
the nickname "bobble head" because his head is always shaking, tail
wagging and he's ready to play. Whenever, wherever and with whomever.
Always a hearty eater, it caught my attention when
Nickel would not eat his favorite meals, gobble down his favorite
treats or even muster the energy to play. I knew something was wrong
with my boy. The vet examined Nickel and felt a mass in his abdomen.
After a CT scan and blood work, the bad news came that evening with a
diagnosis of an 18cm tumor in his stomach. The diagnosis was Stage IV
Finally, upon speaking with veterinary oncologist
Dr. Skope, I learned that Nickel was not sentenced to death. Dr. Skope
outlined the treatment plan of chemotherapy for Nickel and told me his
odds. Not exactly what I wanted to hear but it gave me hope, and hope
is what one needs when dealing with this disease. When I heard the
price that treatment was going to cost it deterred my spirit. But as
long as Nickel has a fighting chance I vowed to not abandon my baby boy
no matter what!
I have been able to afford the bills for his first
few rounds of chemo treatments, but I have come to a crossroads.
Working two to three jobs is helpful but still not enough. I am trying
to find a more affordable residence and I am doing everything I can to
keep Nickel healthy and strong.
Nickel is doing well and I will never
give up the fight to help him beat this disease.
Thank you, Magic Bullet Fund. Thank you to all the
donors for your generosity, caring and compassion. Thank you so very
much for taking the time to read our story. Nickel will beat cancer and he will live to be a strong,
healthy and energetic "bobble head" again.
- Derek Segura,