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Worlds First Rescued Service Dog Helping a Woman With Cryoglobulinemia Has Cancer
Chronically Ill Woman's Heartbreak Hard to Imagine When Her Faithful Service Dog Gracie Is Diagnosed With Mast Cell Cancer
“As we prepared for our winter American Missionary Journey to the southern states of the USA we took Gracie in for a check up and to have a white bump looked at. With a sharp needle, the doctor aspirated the lump and reviewed it's contents under the microscope. I could tell something was wrong by the look on his face. Then he said it: CANCER. 'Gracie has cancer.' My husband Paul and I held hands tightly, bracing ourselves. The doctor went on, “'It’s Mast Cell Cancer. We’ll need to perform emergency surgery to remove part of her ear and send it in for a biopsy. This will both tell us the grade of the cells and the stage of the disease. Additionally, we’ll take ex-rays of her chest and abdomen to see if it has spread to her organs and aspirate fluid from the lymph node under that ear. Let’s hope it’s stage one and we got it all and early. Radiation and chemotherapy will be needed if it’s stage 2 and, well stage 3, let's not think about that right now.'"
Paul leaned over to Diane in her wheelchair and held her as she reached out her hand towards the doctor like a STOP sign! The teardrops raced down their cheeks like a rainstorm. Yet, Gracie ever on duty, caught each one with a kiss.
Paul and Diane created Second Chance with Saving Grace after rescuing this broken abandoned Italian Greyhound. She had two broken legs, a ripped off tail and a cold. She died on the operating table but came back. Diane says, "Cause God had a purpose and plan for her life and it was to be with me!" Diane named her Gracie and nurtured her back to life. Before long Gracie rescued Diane right back and they began the training for Gracie to be her Service dog. They go where no woman and dog have gone before.
With Dike’s precarious health it would be best for her to stay home, safe in bed limiting the variables that can take her life and limbs. But she’s not going to let what she can’t do keep her from doing what she CAN! Even though she pays a high price for living and giving, she is committed to both. She is strong and courageous inspiring all around her to be the same. But now she and Gracie are faced with another life-threatening challenge. How will they handle it? How will they go on? Will they loose each other? Or will they get the miracle they are praying for? It will be at least five days before the pathology report is back. So they wait cuddling and snuggling looking for the best as they face their sentence together.
“Gracie’s only seven years old but she's nine pounds of pure love. We’ve been getting calls, emails and love from all over the world. It’s a blessing to know so many care.”
With an extraordinary faith, hope, and love this amazing duo continues to touch hearts around the globe. Their inspiring story books, Love Kits of Hope and Encouragement and incredible outreach work to orphanages, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, churches touch millions. Like a Mother said during their last Children's Hospital visit, "I will never forget this day for as long as I live. It's the first time my child has smiled in months. I've never heard of or met anyone like Gracie and Diane. Thank you!"
Thank you Gracie and Diane for sharing your story, life, triumphs and pain with a world hungry for HOPE. You are a light in the darkness as you hearten others to be the same. Be sure to visit their web site for more interesting information.
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￼She is founder and President of, Second Chance with Saving Grace, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization. Her motto is no human or animal left behind
Page Updated Last on: Nov 22, 2010