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December 6th 2008
01:24:54 PM
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Pat

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St. Louis

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My chocolate lab, born in 2000 had two TPLO s one in 2002 and the other in 2003. I have suspected more than just arthritis for the past year but today bone cancer was detected just below the plate on the left "knee". I would like to know more about bone cancer and perhaps more studies should be done to see the relationship between TPLOs and later development of bone cancer,Osteosarcoma. The study I found said it was rare.

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May 1st 2008
07:38:55 PM
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Corrine

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Thank you for your informative website. My soon to be 7year old Golden Retriever has been diagnosed with a possible total tear of his cruciate ligament. The number one treatment being presented to me is the TPLO. She told me of two other options, one being an older type surgery and the other being just leave it alone and let it heal itself(that she does not recommend but I asked her what would happen if he didn't have surgery). She isn't the one who would be performing it so she has no monetary gain by encouraging me to allow my baby to have it. I worry so much about my baby. He's a big boy and I know he is in pain. anyway, to make a long story short, did you ever find decent stats to see how well this surgery really works and what are the chances of complications and post-operative cancer? Any information would be welcome. Where I live the surgery will cost me a minimum of 2,400 dollars. Then I'm told chances are his right leg will need to be repaired down the road so that is another 2,400 dollars. I could max out my Visa but I don't know if this is the best way to go. Also, does anyone know if there are human pain killers that dogs can take? He is on medacam for pain but it is so extremely expensive. I paid 50 bucks for 32 mls. I love my baby and I want to do the best for him. right now I'm looking into all possible options. Thank you all. Sincerely, Corrine
ps. Silver is gorgeous! What a very special angel.

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January 21st 2008
09:56:34 PM
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Deborah

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Special Needs Dogs, Music & More

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My paralyzed German Shepherd, Sheba, and my Osteosarcoma Shepherd, Trouble

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PA

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I remember Andria from the Orthodogs group... such a kind soul and her battle with OS with her beloved Silver is so sad and heartbreaking. I respect and understand your determination and devotion to your beloved Silver. You were blessed to have had each other's unconditional love in your lives.
My German Shepherd/husky, Trouble, had two Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomies (TPLO) for torn ACLs. He had the plate removed from his right leg as soon as the bone had healed due to an infection three years ago.
He never had the plate removed from his left leg.... and last month (December 2007) he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the site of the plate. He had to have his leg amputated. We are courageously fighting this battle against the cancer... praying it does not spread to his lungs. This is heartbreaking for anyone who is dealing with OS. Thank you for sharing your story of Silver and bringing awareness to the relationship of TPLO and cancer.

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November 23rd 2007
09:54:14 AM
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Badger's owner

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Southerntier New York

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Hi, I tried to sign up for orthodogs and was denied. When I typed in the reason for wanting to join, it wouldn't even allow me the 200 characters but only 5 words. I indicated "the site isn't working here" and was denied... My wonderful Belgian has been identified as having a partially ruptured ligament with recommendations for surgery. After all the nightmare stories I am thinking he might have a better life with a limp than 6 months of hell and the possibility of a deadly infection or bone cancer. Keeping him still will be impossible following surgery. Anyway, the denial into the site was dissappointing. I was hoping to read more about others experiences.

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July 17th 2007
11:08:01 PM
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Helen Denniston

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Wasilla, AK

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Silver was an awesome dog and I want you to know how much I admire your committment to her and her treatment. I know you miss her everyday. I have a 31/2 year old rescue rottie, Tinkle, that has a train wreck for her back left leg. She broke the leg on her growth plate at 9 mo and it healed back at an angle. She had been doing great even with her limp but recently has had some pain in her good leg in the knee. The vet said she definitely has inflamation in the good knee but doesn't show all the indications for a torn ACL. Her hips are in good shape. I will be taking her to a orthapedic specialist in a few weeks and appreciate the information contained on your website. I have been doing all the research I can on TPLO and other procedures. Tinkle is very high strung-we say she is a rottie with a terrier personality- so I am very concerned about any recovery and rehab period. Thanks again for your informative site and god bless you for all the love and devotion you have for your precious Silver.

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May 28th 2007
01:41:41 PM
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Burt

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Calif

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I am very sorry about Silver..You did your all for your friend and I was saddened by the final outcome. My Golden had a TPLO and I had to put him to sleep this May,2007 because of it..Vet didn't explain options for a torn ligament..only that he needed a TPLO..Din't explain the problems that could occur, and to this day cant reach the surgeon, Dr. Feltz, who did the surgery to find out why my friend could,'t walk after the operation..He is a "floating" surgeon that many Vets use..I lost my best friend and learned a very hard lesson.

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October 15th 2006
09:14:38 AM
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Susan

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What a beautiful girl your Silver was. Thanks for your story and for being the kind of dog owner this world needs more of.

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April 21st 2006
08:18:33 AM
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Sheffield

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Searching for possible osteosarcoma treatment

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Roanoke Virginia

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After my mother passed away from cancer, over 8 years ago, I got a Rottweiler puppy from a friend. I was about to graduate college (22 years old) and I thought it would be a great way to help me cope with the loss of my mother. I figured it would take my mind off of her loss, give me a reason to get out of the house, and to move on with my life.

I had never had a dog before and had no idea how my boy, "BLUE" would affect me. Blue changed my life. I began to read tons of books on how to raise puppies, Rottewillers, and books on how to teach tricks.

He immediately became the love of my(our) life. Blue helped me heal from the loss of my mother and helped me focus on the beauty and joys of life (instead of dwelling uselessly on death and the unfortunate unexpected loss of a loved one). He has made me a better person.

Like I said, Blue became the love of my (our) life. We spoiled him rotten to the point where everyone we knew said he was a "spoiled Rottenweiller". Heck, he was a 110 lbs lap dog and the most gentle "beast" any of our freinds had ever seen. At least three of our friends got dogs because of what they saw in Blue. They were impressed how obedient, intelligent, and well trained he was. I won't go into his list of "dog tricks", but if I tell you that Blue would get a beer out of the refridgerator for me (when I only used a hand signal) you can get the idea and imagine what else he was capable of doing.

He was diagnosed with arthritis at 7 months old, and had surgery at 10 months old (on his left arm/elbow). The doctor's said that if he made it to 8 it would be amazing. He made it to 8 quite easily (with a few steroid injections here and there to help after playing too hard).

However, at 8 and 1/2 he began to show signs of his age. We spent over $3,500 for MRI's, bonescans, bone-taps, ultra sounds, and x-rays five months ago when he suddenly began to scream, yipe, whine, and cry upon getting up to go out side. We had to force him to go outside (doctor's orders obviously) and hear him screan and cry in pain every step of the way just so he could use the bathroom. The doctors could not tell us what it was. After beeing in the hospital (Virginia Tech V.H.) for about a week and undergoing awful treatments (radiation) and examiniations, they were not able to tell us anything. They gave us some mild pain killers (Tramadol) for Blue and told us to "take it easy". They were stumped (telling us, "...he probabally just slightly pulled or tore a little something somewhere..." and sent us on our way.

Amazingly, he got better! It appeared the mild pain killers and some serious R&R helped him recooperate from his complications around Christmas.

At the time, we didn't care about the money or the lack of an official diagnosis. We were just happy to get our boy, Blue, back and up and walking again. For about the next 4 months, he was his old self (wanting to fetch, play tug, digging holes, hopping up on the couch, and sleeping in the bed with us).

However, about ten days ago, we noticed that Blue was limping on his front right leg. We gave him some the of the same mild pain killers (Tramadol) and it did not seem to work. We took him to our vet and he wanted to take some X-rays. He did not appear to be satisfied with how Virginia Tech dealt with Blue's problem around Christams. He felt there was something more and wanted to get an X-ray of Blue's right shoulder. Of course we let him do anything he felt was necessary.
We got worried when the X-rays took 30min. The Dr. called us back in to the room, and he began to cry before he could tell us anything.

My finacee and I found out (yesterday) that our 8 year (and 10 months) old Rottweiler has osteosarcoma. We were devistated. The Vet,my fiancee, and myself wept together. Our Vet has been with Blue since he was a puppy and helped him make it this long. He helped us rule out any type of amputation (for his right arm) as an option due to his age and his previously arthritic (and already operated on) left arm.

He told us that Blue has between 3 and 6 months. He gave us tons of medications and wants to talk with us and stay informed about Blue's progress on a weekly basis.

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So here I am, less than 24 hours after finding our my boy Blue's days are numbered. I am crushed knowing this. I am devistated that he will go "downhill" and rather quickly. I am distrought that there will come a point in time where I will have to make a decision to put him down. His arm is going to break because of the tumor and the level/stage of the cancer/tumor.

So, now I begin the wait every parent and owner prays they (nor their child) will ever have to endure.

My heart goes out to everyone that has experienced what I am going through and what I am about to go through. God bless Blue, Silver, every dog, and loving owner that has had this similar experience.

*God bless Dr. Steven Karas of Cave Spring Vet. Clinic

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December 18th 2005
11:07:15 PM
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Linda Armijo

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Agoura, CA

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I just wanted to tell Andria about a man in our area who is parapalegic. When his first service dog died, after 15 years, he wanted to pay tribute. He did this thru wheelchair art, in which the dog participated before his death. The art is wonderful. More importantly, he was quoted as saying that if he had to chose getting being able to walk again or having the relationship he had with his dog, he would choose the dog....I thought this was very special...I have always thought myself a little odd for loving animals so much. I'm glad to hear there are others like me out there....Best regards and I am soo very sorry for your loss of your beloved Silver...My Moke is growing old and I cannot even fathom life without her.....Linda and Moke, 10.5 year old lab mix, 10 year Addisonian with ACL...which is how we came upon the website...

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October 19th 2005
03:27:21 PM
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Nancy

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Orthodogs and Paola

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PA (USA)

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Very informative site with great verifiable evidence and proof!!!

One tiny suggestion that is being pretty picky, but I am old so...

Can you please "unbold" or change the fonts on the main page? They come through almost blurry and are very hard to read..might be that they are bold characters or just the font, but they are pretty hard to read.

Other than that...this is GREAT!!!

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October 14th 2005
08:11:56 PM
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Cary

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orthodog

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NC

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Just read your loving tribute to Silver. Learning alot from your posts. Have many questions now for my orthovet, as he never mentioned plate removal, or OSA as a potential complication. Will get answers prior to my dogs surgery next week.

   
July 8th 2005
11:48:32 AM
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Terrie Q. Sayre

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orthodogs

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Nevada

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God bless you and Silver. I, too, read your story with tears streaming down my face. Your information has been very enlightening as we are evaluating whether our dear 5 yr. old, mixed sheperd Pepper should have TPLO for an ACL tear that apparently occured last Sunday but seems to have been in an bad shape since she was about a year old. Everybody thought "hips" with her from the beginning but now, it looks like maybe this was the problem all along. The osteosarcoma possibility is truly alarming because we just lost Pepper's adopted brother, Chili, to osteosarcoma in Feb. Actually, it was due to surgical complications post-amputation as we thought we could give Chili a relatively pain-free existence 'til God summoned him. Very traumatic for our dogs and us...that amputaion business is nasty but we thought we were doing the best thing for our dog. Reading your information about Silver gives me pause to think that we might be sentencing Pepper to the same fate. I currently have TPLO scheduled for next Friday but will keep mulling this decision. Thanks again for the info and here's prayers for all of our beautiful animals and the folks who do their best to love and help them.

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April 15th 2005
12:32:53 PM
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R. Middleton

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orthodogs

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Washington

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Thank you so much for sharing all the information you have gathered to help the rest of us going through the difficult decision!

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February 3rd 2005
10:33:52 AM
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Irene Gaccek

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My 9 year old Black Lab had a TPLO 2 years ago and healed beautifully. Then two weeks ago she began showing the same signs on the other leg. I watched her for two weeks and took her back to the Vet. The vet feared bone cancer because of the lump that had developed at the joint. She told me to hope for the best but to prepare for the worst. She said an x-ray would determine if the sight had bone cancer by the way the bone looked. I asked about treatment if it did turn out to be cancer. She said many people opt for amputation, chemo, radiation, but that bone cancer is extremely painful and she NEVER recommends any of the above treatments. She told me that if I loved my dog then all my dog wants is food and water, love, and the ability to make the right decision should the time come to be put down. She told me that if it was cancer, she would come out from the x-ray and let me know immediately. If it was cancer, she would recommend that the dog be put down while still under the sedative from the x-ray. I agreed and waited patiently, crying my eyes out. I decided I did love my dog enough NOT to put her thru the treatments. The x-ray showed no bone damage at all and cancer was ruled out. She had the second TPLO and is expected to recover as well as she did from the first one. After reading your horror story about poor Silver I am grateful to have an honest Dr. that was upfront with me about treatments. She had told me that even with all the treatments offered, amputation, chemo and radiation, the survival rate never exceeds 6 months to a very, very painful year. I had made up my mind then and there that if it was cancer she would be put down peacefully. She too was a service dog (search and rescue) until the first surgery which retired her. Thanks for sharing and if my dog is ever diagnosed with bone cancer,I would put my selfish need for her to be around aside and do what was best for her. Thanks for sharing, Irene and She-ra

   
January 16th 2005
07:47:10 AM
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Jamie

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orthodogs

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Spokane, WA

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I read Silver's story with tears streaming down my face. I feel for your losss. My 2 yr. old American Bulldog had TPLO on Jan 13th. We are 3 days post op, and so far so good. I am now reading all these stories of complications and cancer and my mind is in a whirlwind. I got bad advice from a first vet about treatment for his tear and after much research, a second opinion, and a year later we did TPLO. I am hoping only good things to happen during his recovery. At this stage he is very depressed and barely wags his tail. He has not had pain meds since day 1 and does not whine anymore. I just wanted to tell you a little about us and how much your story moved me. Jamie

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September 21st 2004
01:52:27 PM
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Jamie

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Hello- I am an orthodog reader, but i don't post much since my baby had her surgery years ago now. But, I had to say that your tribute to Silver on Orthodogs was so amazing. I am sitting here at work with tears streaming down my face and it make me ill knowing that your pain is so very much greater than the little bit I feel right now for you.

Your love for Silver shows in each word you wrote. What an amazong human for such an amazing dog. You honor her memory and I am so very sorry for your loss. Hugs and wags, Jamie and Miss Amaya

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September 20th 2004
05:11:39 PM
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Suzan

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Google search for TPLO complications

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California

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Cleo had a TPLO on August 23 by a surgeon about whom I have heard nothing but rave reviews. The first week post-op was very positive. The second week brought an intensely painful infection. We are at the fourth week and the infection seems to be under control (3 week of antibiotics), she is starting to put weight on her foot and she has finished a course of watertherapy, which has straightened out her back and lifted her spirits immeasurably. After 4 more weeks of antibiotics, her surgeon wants to remove the appliance, and probably continue the antibiotics.
I had a difficult time finding any information about complications. What I did read about osteomyelitis was that it could be caused by trauma. I am concerned about osteocarcinoma caused by the osteomyelitis. And I know a woman whose Lab has osteocarcinoma, has not had a ACL procedure but was initially diagnosed as having a cruciate tear. We are just starting this journey, and I sincerely hope it will be a short and successful one.
I have been reading all of the painful stories about dogs who have gone through all of this with very little clarity from the medical caretakers. At this point I trust my vet and surgeon implicitly, but like I have said, it is very early in my journey. I have talked to many people who have had very good results from the surgery with their dogs.

Thanks for this website! (sorry the message is so long…)

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September 11th 2004
05:57:25 AM
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Barbara

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Canine Bone Cancer

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New York

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I am humbled and awed by the devotion that Andria showed to Silver in the final days of her battle against OS. I initially met Andria through the CBC group, as my own dog, Skylar, was also fighting the same disease. I am overjoyed to read the great progress Andria has made, and to hear of Angel Silver's little gift of "Joy". There truly is a silver lining. Hi Andria. We love you. Barb and Angel Skylar

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August 30th 2004
03:52:15 AM
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Katie

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Orthodogs

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Maryland

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I found this poem on the internet when I was looking for some solice when I lost my Golden on May 4th. I hope it helps with you loss of Silver. Perhaps she and my Abby are playing together at the Rainbow Bridge:


I AM STILL HERE
I stood by you, by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well. I'm fine. I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast. I watched you pour the tea.
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today. Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today. You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said, "It's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.
It's possible for me to be so near you everyday -
to say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew.
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over. . . I smile and watch you yawning
and say, "Goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out . . . then come home to be with me.

- Author unknown

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August 2nd 2004
10:12:17 PM
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Jane

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Google/Kodi's tplo

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wy

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Silver's experience continues to distress me. Your "HOME" guestbook had a commemt re: an email sent to Slocum clinic. If it is still available would you send.

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