by Jenny W
My Angel Gabriel
My Angel Gabriel Needs Prayers
My beloved Gabriel is almost 15, and he topped off at 23 pounds a few years ago. Since August, though, he is down to under 16. I brought him to the vet, thinking it might be his kidneys, but after he had a blood test I saw that wasn't the case.
He had an x-ray, which revealed a possible tumor, so then I went for an ultrasound for him. It was the worst thing I had ever been through - I was holding him as the tech identified 4-5 tumors in his gallbladder and intestines.
So - the vet diagnosed him with cancer this past Monday. We don't know how long he has. He's just really lethargic and losing weight.
Since you all have coonies, you know their personalities - they follow their humans around the house and are always giving (and getting) love and attention. Gabriel has been my closest friend since I adopted him from a California shelter in 2001.
He's been with me through countless hardships, has curled up with me and licked my tears away when I've been sad. I have always held him and hugged him and told him that he is the most beautiful thing in my life, and I've always confided to him that I will never love anyone (even human) more than I love him. I don't have any children - he is the only thing I have ever raised from a baby.
I am devastated and broken up and don't know how to handle it. I have pain meds from the vet when he's ready for them. Maine coons are so unique and precious - how do you say goodbye? Please help me pray that he's not in pain over the next few weeks.