How can a flower be linked to Cancer?

It’s Daffodil Month for the Canadian Cancer Society which is a national fundraising campaign that happens during the month of April. The daffodil is a symbol of strength and courage in the fight against cancer. Money raised during Daffodil Month helps local patients living with cancer and their families. Donations fund life-saving research, roloccasupport services and other important work that means fewer Canadians will be touched by the disease.

What does Daffodil Month have to do with our blog? Well it got me thinking back to when I was a baby and had my first dog Shadow. I want to talk a little about Canine Cancer because my girl Shadow was diagnosed Hemangiosarcoma. It was an aggressive, malignant tumor of her blood vessel cells. It is very serious because these tumors start in the blood vessels, they fill with blood and when a tumor ruptures, it can cause problems with internal or external bleeding. Dog Cancer, like human cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells within or on the body.  I may not know much about Cancer or Canine Cancer in general but I do know that it is a horrible disease that needs to get lost and stop affecting so many peoples lives; both human & animal. Below is a photo of my dog Shadow, Circa 1987.            

shadow10 Early Warning Signs of Canine Cancer
(From the National Canine Cancer Foundation)
-Abnormal Swellings that persist or continue to grow
-Sores that do not heal
-Weight Loss
-Loss Of Appetite
-Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
-Offensive Odor
-Difficulty eating or swallowing
-Hesitation to excersize or loss of stamina
-Persistent lameness or stiffness
-Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecation
**Consult your Veterinarian if any of these occur, as it’s better to be safe than sorry!

I have posted a few pages below that have information & support about Canine Cancer. Just know that you are not alone and If you know of any more please comment below with them and I can add them into this post for people to see.

Canine Cancer Facebook Pages

Do you have a Canine Cancer story?
Please feel free to share if with us below in the comment section.

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4 thoughts on “How can a flower be linked to Cancer?

  1. Jen Jelly says:

    I didn’t know about Daffodil month; I knew there was a good reason why I love those flowers so much. Luckily I don’t have any canine cancer stories; it’s such a horrible disease. Shadow was a real beautiful girl.

    • Kimberley says:

      I know many places in Canada sell real daffodils and the pins in support of it. I don’t believe the Canadian cancer society is associated with any canine cancer funding but I bought my daffodil pin yesterday and it reminded me of my dog I lost to Cancer, which sparked this post.

  2. Jan K says:

    I have seen daffodils for sale at the banks in April in the past, but it seems like I don’t see them any more recently. I have only had 7 dogs in my life, and I lost my first one to lymphoma when she was only 6 years old. Since then we’ve lost a golden retriever at only 8, and now his sister just had a cancerous tumor removed as well. Her prognosis is at least more promising…we hope that one tumor was the end of it. 3 out of 7 dogs with cancer seems like high odds to me. We’ve also lost several cats to cancer over the years too. It’s a devastating disease, and I try to support groups that are researching it.

    • Kimberley says:

      Ive only seen the daffodil flowers at our mall in town here but have seen the little pins everywhere. Cancer is a horrible disease and like other diseases sometimes takes our sweet friends sooner than we wanted :(

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