A Recap of My Unforgettable 50th Birthday Year

As I sit here on the eve of my 51st birthday, I feel compelled to reflect and recap this past year of changes, experiences, discoveries, adventures, and challenges.  Turning 50 and the months that followed, was epic and not to mention, overwhelming. To kick off my “50th birthday”, Jamison and I started with running, ok, so it wasn’t really running,… Read more →

Happy One Year FIP Survival Anniversary to Smokey!

This kitty gives hope for the future of cats diagnosed with dreaded Feline Infectious Peritonitis.  Smokey is one of the not only surviving, but thriving cats from the 2016 GC376 drug trial at UCDavis.  I am so happy to have gotten to know his wonderful owner, Peter, during the process of our Luna being part of the 2017 new drug… Read more →

Luna’s FIP Trial Success Continues: Introducing Savannah Kittens Titan & Calypso (“Cally”)

We are excited to announce the addition of two new, amazing Savannah kittens to our family; but mostly, for Luna so that she now has some partners in Savandalism and Savannahgans!  (now that we feel confident about her future). We have wanted to get her a buddy for some time, but since her diagnosis with FIP, we just weren’t sure… Read more →

Luna’s Drug Trial Update: 10 Weeks Out and Labs Are Perfect!

If you are new to following Luna’s progress or new to the FIP world, you can catch up by reading Luna’s backstory here:  Luna’s FIP Story The great progress just keeps coming!  Luna will be 9 months old on October 9th.  She just had her labs drawn yesterday (last draw was 6 weeks ago) and every single component was perfectly… Read more →

With Permission, the Newest Publication on GC376 (Note: This is NOT the drug Luna was on)

The newest publication on GC376.  This is the trial drug that many cats received in 2016 at the UCDavis clinical trial.   Efficacy of a 3C-like protease inhibitor in treating various forms of acquired feline infectious peritonitis   To keep these trials going strong, please give to FIP research via one of the methods listed here: Visit my FIP donation… Read more →

Luna’s FIP Trial: Crazy 8’s

Luna is now 8 months old!  She continues to do exceptionally well and is now 8 weeks off her anti-viral trial drug.  She is eating like a horse and weighs 8.3 lbs now.  She is keeping us on our toes with her constant antics and energy. Every day that she behaves this way is just a step closer to accepting… Read more →

One-Dish Chicken Fajita Bake

This recipe is the absolute bomb and it tastes even better for lunch leftovers the next day!  This is a for-sure keeper and will be a “regular” in our house…crazy easy too! I used regular rice, but next time will use the cauliflower. (Personal photo forth-coming) Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  25 mins Total time:  35 mins Author: The Real… Read more →

My Reality TV Stint: One Born Every Minute

7 years ago, many of my coworkers & myself had our shot at being on national television; not once, but for a series!  The producers (from The Office & Biggest Loser to name a few) spent several months at our hospital (Riverside Methodist), for 2 seasons back to back, filming the reality TV show “One Born Every Minute”. The series… Read more →

Luna’s First Real Backpacking Adventure: 8/12-13/2017

This adventure was taken three weeks post-trial drug completion.  Luna hiked 11 miles over two days with us on August 12th & 13th!  I thought that I had posted a blog about it, but apparently I forgot!  Here are some adorable photos from that wonderful weekend at Zaleski State Forest here in Ohio.  Jamison and I alternated each mile with… Read more →

FIP New Drug Trial: Six Weeks Out and Thriving!

Well, here we are at the six-week mark of Luna being off of her life-saving, anti-viral, trial drug and she is exceeding all expectations!  She had her 4-week labs drawn on August 23rd and aside from a lab error with her platelets (caused by six attempts by the technician to get her blood, resulting in a clotted specimen), they are… Read more →

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