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Please help us raise money for Jewel's chemo treatments! She was diagnosed with lymphoma and was given 4-6 weeks to live without treatment.

Three weeks ago our cat, Jewel, became ill. She stopped eating and her skin turned yellow. After some blood work we discovered that her liver was not functioning properly and she was sent to Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Sandy Springs, GA. There she was given a feeding tube and a biopsy was performed in order to determine the cause of her sickness. She stayed in the intensive care unit for 3 days.

On July 21st, 2010 the emergency vet contacted our family and told us that Jewel has stage 4 lymphoma. This form of cancer likely started in her lymph nodes and spead to her liver. Luckily none of her other surrounding organs have been affected. Since the diagnosis, Jewel has been doing well with her medications and feeding tube. The feedings are every 6 hours, so the whole family has been pitching in to help.

Three days after the diagnosis we had an appointment with the oncologist who told us that Jewel would only have 4-6 weeks to live if no treatment was performed. Luckily, a treatment is available, chemotherapy. Although treatment is expensive, we couldn't say no. We felt we owed it to Jewel to do everything we could to save her life. The doctor said that with chemo, Jewel would have a 60-70% remission rate and that many cats who go into remission can live 1-5 more healthy years.

Jewel began chemotherapy on Friday July 23rd. She will have 15 more treatments that will last a total of 25 weeks. With the doctor visits, the hospitalization, the diagnosis, and the treatments, the vet bills are continuing to rise. Although we are doing everything we can to pay for her treatments, we are struggling to keep up.

What we are asking is for a small donation to help with Jewel's chemotherapy treatments. Even if you are not a cat person, please find it in your heart to help the Marlow family. We love Jewel, she has been in our family for 12 years, and we want to do everything we can to save her life. Please think how you would like to be helped if something like this ever happened in your family or to one of your pets.

Thank you everyone for all of your support both financially and emotionally.

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