Recent picture of Kurt
By the end of the week, it was obvious that Kurt's breathing was getting worse. I was like he was having to really work to get a breath. Friday of that week we went to the Gulf Coast Vet Specialists to see Dr. Menino. They did a CT scan and discovered that Kurt had a diaphragmatic hernia - basically a hole in his diaphragm that allowed his liver and gall bladder to move up close to his heart. And with a hole in one's diaphragm, it's hard to breathe. So surgery was scheduled to get that fixed.
Kurt showing off his incision after surgery
The biopsy was not totally definintive, but points to lymphoma. After spending several hours over several days at the urgent care clinic at Gulf Coast, Kurt is scheduled to start his radiation therapy on Monday, March 10. He will also most likely undergo a round of chemotherapy, but the radiation will get a quicker result so it's starting first.
Because I've spent a fortune already on his surgery and scans, I'm trying to raise some money to pay for his chemo/radiation by starting a campaign on Indiegogo.com. You can find the campaign here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-kurt-continue-breathing/x/6569290
Kurt in 2010
Kurt is just 8 years old and was part of a family rescued by my neighbor when Kurt was a kitten. I took them in, hoping to find Kurt, his brother, sister and mother a good home. Well, they ended up making there home with me. Kurt is a big boy, weighing about 23 pounds at his heaviest, though he weighs about 15 pounds now. If he can get this therapy, maybe we can give Kurt another good year or maybe more. If you can't or just don't care to donate, please pass this on to anyone you know who might be able to help us out. Thanks in advance for your kindness.