Dear Dr. Ruskin,
I wanted to write and thank you for the care you’ve given Cricket.
When I brought her to you in Sept. 2010, she’d already been diagnosed with a meningioma – a brain tumor sitting at the back of the brain. Based on an MRI the neurologist said it was inoperable. I was given the options of chemo and/or radiation, both with side effects and both with the warning that they’d only buy 2 or 3 months of time.
I came to Smith Ridge because I wasn’t ready to give up. She was an 11 year old Golden with cancer, but she was still active and had a gleam in her eye. I didn’t expect miracles at Smith Ridge, but felt if you could give her the same amount of time and do it without the stress, anesthesia risk and discomfort that radiation and chemo would involve that I’d be grateful and content.
Well, it’s now been over 7 months! And Cricket is still going strong. In fact, next week she celebrates her 12th birthday. During these months she’s still getting into the garbage and being sassy. She even went to a couple of fun field trials, got all the birds and earned a Judge’s Award of Merit! All with a brain tumor that is not apparent to the people who meet her!
I can’t thank you enough. You’ve given us time together, *quality* time. And you’ve done it with non-toxic therapies that haven’t caused her any discomfort. I suspect many people write you after their animals have passed in order to say thank you. I wanted to write *now*, while Cricket is still happy and active, and thank you for the priceless gift of time and life you’ve given us.