‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Post In Which I Interview Myself

So, Keri, we read that you've been feeling sad lately. Any progress on figuring out what that's about?

Yes. It was pretty obvious actually. I don't know how I didn't perceive it right away. I found out a few days ago that my cat (Puck) has cancer and it was triggering all kinds of fears about losing her. I took her into the vet's at 7:30am this morning for surgery. I was sobbing so much that they had to put my into a room with her right away. I really was a sight, but hopefully they will forgive me. I adore my kitty.

How long have you had Puck?

Over twelve years. I wrote about her here and here. She sleeps in the curve of my neck every night. She has been my comfort and solace through many losses and hard times. She is wise beyond her years, and I'm not just saying that for effect. She really is smart; even people who dislike cats comment on her intelligence and sweetness. She is a really remarkable being.

How are you coping today? What are you doing to keep yourself busy?

Well, Anastasia is giving me lots of hugs and kind words, even though she has a friend (T) that slept over last night. I'm going to go out to lunch with my friend Darcy, and then I'm planning to go shopping for a new oven since ours was ruined in a fiery mishap last week. Then I'll take the dogs for a long, long walk on the beach and have a good conversation (bargaining session) with God while I'm walking. Then, if I still have time to kill, I might actually clean the kitchen. Anything to keep my mind and body occupied. If I just sit home and do nothing, I'll be a wreck.

Do you know what kind of cancer it is? What is her treatment going to look like?

They think it might be soft tissue sarcoma, but they won't know for sure until they do a full biopsy of the tumor. The results will be back on Friday. Then they will tell me what grade and type it is. My hope it is grade one, and that she does not have to have radiation. I'm not sure if I could put her through that. I'll keep you posted.

Can we do anything to help?

Yes! Please pray for my little kitty! If you aren't the praying kind, please picture her surrounded with light and love. I'd be very grateful.


  1. Prayers for you and Tuck!

  2. Anonymous11:35 AM

    Ahh... I feel for you. I hope your kitty recovers quickly. My old grandpa dog will turn 12 in October. He is getting up there in years.. soon, I think we ought to upgrade him to great-grandpa dog. But, he's been with me before kids.. before husband... when I was still a teenager :D Sometimes, when he is hobbling along.. rather than his old, youthful jaunt, that dark scary feeling arises inside of me.. the feeling that I know someday we'll be separated by some unknown boundary. Big hugs for you and your kitty!!!

  3. I will definitely say a prayer for Puck and for you. Our animals are so special to us and it is a hard thing when they are not well.

  4. Anonymous1:17 PM

    Sending prayers your way.

  5. Oh, dear. My heart goes out to you: we had a Puck, too -- and lost him to kidney disease (fortunately he lived to be 19). And then, this year, we lost his replacement (as if he could ever be replaced), our beautiful 4-year-old Pippa, also to kidney disease, though hers was sudden onset; we only had a week between her diagnosis and her death. I dropped everything to be with her that last week: she was amazing, and I learned a lot from going through it with her. I hope your Puck survives and recovers...

  6. Thanks so much for all the well wishes and prayers, guys :) I just got word that she is out of surgery and "resting comfortably".

    Why do they always say "resting comfortably?" It should be "resting fitfully and not so well, because I JUST HAD SURGERY"!..lol. Anyway, I'm glad she is ok and through it, and now I just count the hours till Friday. Thanks so much everyone :)

  7. speedy recovery and prayers to your baby.. I'm one of "those" people in the vets office too...

  8. Good luck, Puck!!
    You are thought of.

  9. Here come more prayers!!

  10. Praying for your dear kitty. I so "get it". Been there, done that with one of my own creatures.

  11. I hope they get all the cancer! I'll be worrying about you and her!

  12. I am such an idiot. Puck. Puck. Puck. Please tell Puck I'm sorry for being a dork. I had a Tuck so it must've been Freudian slip. Dang. It dawned on me at 3 AM.

  13. Lisa, you're so funny! I thought that was really cute actually :)

    And thanks for all the prayers everyone...they worked :)


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