In late April of 2018 our Boston Terrier, Ellie, developed some lumps in her neck that created some concern to my wife and I. Although Ellie, for the most part, was acting pretty much normal, she did seem to be looking a little thinner and her eyes were bloodshot most of the time. We decided to make Ellie an appointment at our family vet just to see if everything was okay. During the visit, we discussed possible reasons for the lumps and elected to have blood work done just to rule some things out. Unfortunately, Ellie’s blood counts came back extremely high. Her white blood count was 30 times higher than normal and her Lymphocytes were 100 times higher than normal. This being a positive indicator that Ellie had cancer. Being complete shocked and mortified, the news only got worse.
Our vet told us based on Ellie’s numbers she probably had only a couple months to live. Tears immediately began to pour and the feeling of hopelessness began to set in. While the tears were flowing our vet did state he wasn’t a specialist in canine oncology and recommended us to seek treatment with one. Within the week we met with the cancer specialist. There we had additional blood work done to determine the type of cancer Ellie had and if the cancer was labeled as Chronic or Acute. Ellie blood work showed she was positive for Chronic Small Cell Leukemia. Uncertain of any short or long-term prognosis even with treatment my wife and I were faced with deciding what was best for Ellie. Knowing chemotherapy completely wipes out your immune system (good and bad) along with the prednisone they prescribed, we began to think of alternative treatments that could benefit Ellie.
This is where we found Dr. Carol. We first met with Dr. Carol the beginning of May 2018. She spent over an hour with us evaluating Ellie and discussing her lab reports. Although Ellie’s health on paper appeared bleak at best, Dr. Carol was optimistic that Ellie could overcome this diagnosis with a positive outcome. Dr. Carol helped us formulate a new diet for Ellie to help combat her cancer. She primarily eats organic ground turkey cooked in olive oil with spinach and egg and drinks only distilled water. She isn’t allowed any foods with sugar and we do our best not to give her anything that is carbohydrate-based.
We also started Ellie on Dr. Carol’s PAAWS supplements which she takes in the morning and at night. Today I am very happy to tell you that Ellie is doing great! We recently had her blood work reassessed and although the lab reports are not perfect, they are however considerably improved. With continued treatment and proper diet and exercise, we are optimistic she will be in full remission. I can not begin to tell you how grateful we are to Dr. Carol. To be told at the beginning your dog most likely only has 2 months to live. To where Ellie is today is today is a miracle to say the least.
I hope this letter is shared and can provide some sort of reassurance to others in the same situation. I again would like to thank everyone who has provided care to Ellie but especially Dr. Carol! I truly believe her intervention and professional training has provided Ellie a better quality of life as well as a longer lifespan!
With sincere gratitude,