My name is Alyce and I’m 54 yrs. old. The love of my life is named “Bondo”, he is a 3 yr.old American Bulldog and the sweetest most loving young man I’ve ever met in my life and I thank God every single day for bringing him into my life.
I was diagnosed with colon cancer in June of 2017 when the tumor in my colon grew so large it caused my colon to rupture causing internal bleeding the almost took my life. Half my colon was removed in emergency surgery saving my life and leaving me with what we thought was a cancer free colon. By March of 2018 my PET scan showed the cancer had spread to my liver making me now stage IV.
By this time I’d already been looking forward to the adoption celebration at the Maracopa Shelter that upcoming Saturday. Overcrowding was forcing dogs not adopted to be put down and of course all Pit breeds were first up. I had seen Bondo “mugshot” and read that he was new there and could be adopted Sat at 4pm so I made sure I was the first to meet that beautiful face I already had feel in love with. That Saturday was the first time I had been outside the house other than doctors or even been dressed in months because I had became so depressed. When Bondo was brought into the cold concrete room to meet me he quickly walked right to me, layed his large head in my lap and looked up at me as if to say ” Mom, can we go home now”? I didn’t need to see anymore for I knew we were meant for each other. I honestly couldn’t explain what made me suddenly decide I was adopting a dog just out the blue like I did. I’m disabled with only disability income and my husband had a serious spine fusion the previous December leaving him paralyzed in his right arm. This had put him out of work waiting to see if he would recover or become disabled himself. Either way our income barely was enough to even budget.
By June 2018 my Oncologist decided I’d have surgery to remove tumor from my liver then follow with radiation and of course chemo. About a week before my surgery Bondos back leg had become very swollen and he couldn’t bear any weight on it at all so even though we had no money but 142 dollars I took him to the vet to find out what was wrong with my baby. I was told he had Valley Fever and that caused the infection. He needed four prescriptions of antibiotics and one of them he possibly could be on for months until the Valley Fever was gone and of course that was the hundred dollar medicine.
We both seemed to be getting better, I from my surgery and Bondo from his V. Fever. Around June a place came up on his cheek that was huge and ugly and in three weeks it became as big around as a quarter. Then his leg started swelling all over again maybe being better for day or two but always ended up causing him to be in pain while he hobbled on three legs. His face according to Google looked exactly like a tumor in dogs and description was also familiar.
How could this be happening to us? We were meant to be together, to find each other. I saved his life by adopting him and he saved mine by making me over come my depression and he gave me a reason to fight, a reason to live and now he can have cancer like me? And his leg? I’m terrified and feel I’ve let him down because I don’t have the money for a Vet. Living on only my check we go without food the last two weeks of every month and have not a extra dollar for anything. I just repeated my PET scan last month and just was told the Cancer is worse now in my liver than it was before surgery and it’s possibly in my thyroid now also. I’m starting radiation Dec. 3rd then chemo. I can’t get three this without my Bondo….he desperately needs a vet care and a biopsy done on the growth to determine cancer or not? I may sound crazy but I can’t do this knowing he needs help that I can’t give him.
I have done without to help people my whole life and always put everyone else before myself..I never ask anyone for anything. Can someone please help get Bondo well for me? I’m begging someone..I need him for this journey God has layed out for me and would just die if I lost him. I could pay back a little at a time but you have my word I will. Please God send a angel in Bondo path to bring his health back. He deserves at least that. Please, please help us.