August 2021 Update
Hi friends! Alice was treated for Hyperthyroidism back in October, 2019 and is currently in good health, according to recent regular vet checkups.
It was so scary and I was really worried for Alice, but I was determined to figure out how to afford the treatment. Considering her age (at the time 12), and otherwise good health, it really was the best option all around. I ran a fundraiser on Facebook, and took out a line of Care Credit (which, at the time I didn't think I'd get approved for, so that was a relief).
A lot has changed since then, and my finances are more predictible, and it feels good to have the Care Credit insurance in case of an emergency. Good thing about Care Credit is that you can use it for people or animals. Anyway, that's all for now. I just wanted to give you an update and let you know she's doing well.
I'm endlessly grateful to my friends who donated to help when I was in need! I'll never forget.
The story of Alice
I met Alice the day she was born March 31, 2008 and as soon as she was old enough, she came to live with me in San Francisco, and thus began our journey together. Alice has been a constant companion ever since.
We have lived in a handful of different cities together and she's seen me through several partners, having been with me longer than any boyfriend or girlfriend.
In October 2019 she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, which is treatable! I was so worried because she started to lose weight and her fur started to not look as lustrous, so when I took her to the vet I was really scared to hear the worst news.
The good news is treatable, but otherwise an eventually very uncomfortably fatal disease. So, I had never put together a personal fundraiser at that point, and vowed to myself only if it were a life and death circumstance would I want to. And in this case, due to the urgency of the necessary treatment, I went ahead and used it as a chance to put my pride aside and ask friends to pitch in.
Shockingly, people kindly donated, *and* I was able to get partial credit increase, and Care Credit. All of which helped me fund the treatment. It's been almost a year since she was treated at this clinic, which also is a great resource for anyone who has a cat with this condition: felinehtc.com
To let you know how grateful for the support of my community to help me make sure kitty has a nice, long healthy life, would be an understatement. It truly means the world to me, having her around, so thanks friends.