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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Amazing Mali

I have some good news to report.... Mali, the beautiful wonder dog (see photo), has gone 1,000 days since she was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma (HSA). Yes, you read it correctly ONE THOUSAND DAYS. She and her mom, Ilene, have gone through hell and back. Mali is from New Orleans, and her family lost three cat siblings and their entire home during the Katrina flood.

Mali's mom wrote in her email to me: "Strangely through all of this, Mali has been a constant source of strength for me. When we lost our home and our 3 cats to the Katrina Flood, she was and still is the reason I got through it. Her battle kept me occupied, and likewise dealing with that flood mess got my mind off the bad and on to the good that we share.It's always strange what life deals us...but we are still here!"

When Watson was ill, Ilene and Mali were a constant source of information and tips on how to deal with cancer. Their support and first-hand knowledge were invaluable, and Ilene is on the board everyday dispensing advice and inspiration to everyone.

Here's to knowing that life can be really crappy sometimes, but that every once in a while, there is something wonderful that reminds us why we fight on. Today's wonderful is named Mali.


Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

It's good to be reminded that not everything in this world is dark at the moment - what a great result!

Lesley Rigby said...

If Ilene is reading this blog I would just like to say how good it is to read of someone who is so deserving still having their wonderful friend with them. You must have been to hell and back but when you have each other you have everything! I hope you have many more happy years together. Loves, kisses and hugs for Mali from the U.K.