Help Punks Get Her Tumors Removed!

For: Jennifer Amriss
Organizer: Jennifer Amriss
Help Punks Get Her Tumors Removed! (Jennifer Amriss)
$473
of $2,500 goal.
Raised by 21 donors
18% Complete

The Story

Punks desperately needs your help to get rid of these nasty tumors. They're growing and hindering her movement.

I'm a disabled woman whose only companionship is Punks. I live about 36 miles away from any of my family, and live an isolated life. Due to my disabilities, I haven't been able to get active in the community or make any friends to help me cope with living so far from my loved ones. My family isn't in a position to help due to recent deaths in the family and their own troubles, and it has wrecked me watching Punks' condition deteriorate without any way to help her. This affectionate, laid-back cat has comforted and aided me through deaths in the family, severe depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and disabling medical conditions. Due to how my cat helps me cope with daily activities, Punks actually qualifies as a service animal, and I want to do right by her in return. But on a disability check, this just isn't possible on my own. I can't afford my cat's surgery on my tiny income, especially if it takes more than one if the vet decides to tackle the smaller growths before they reach this point. We need your help to get her back to where she can get around the house freely again.

Pumpkin Spice, AKA "Punks" is a fiesty, overly loving 8 year old tortoise shell cat. She loves feathers, her homemade sock catnip toy, and chasing little red dots. She also loves going up and down stairs, cuddling in a recliner, and purring me to sleep at night from her half of the full-size bed.

She's spunky, and rarely lets anything get her down. But 5 years ago, I noticed a growth between her shoulders. The vet aspirated it and said it was a lipoma, and that it didn't need removed unless it started hindering her movement. Over these five years, it has grown despite my best efforts at keeping her active and following my vet's orders. It's now about the size of a golf ball. You can't see it in the images. You can only really see it when she lays on her side, and you get a top view. But when you pet her along her back, it feels like she's got a golf ball under her skin. Sometimes it's warmer to the touch than her regular body temperature. The first image with the white circle shows you the area affected by the largest of the tumors.

The worst thing is it's spreading. Not just the lipoma itself. That is getting bigger, but there are other growths forming on her hips, as well. Some of them are almost the size of marbles now.

The lipoma between her shoulders has grown so much that she's having problems getting up and down the stairs. She still zooms around the house, is still a cuddle-bug, but for her to come upstairs where she sleeps, and get back down for her food and water is getting harder and harder for her to handle.

The money from this fundraiser will go toward vet bills, the surgery, travel expenses to and from the veterinary office (I have no transportation, so I'll need to take a taxi to and from), medications, and any extraneous expenses that may come to pass.

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I do freelance work in addition to writing books. My skills are formatting books for both ebook and print, website design, and creating advertising and other graphics (photo manipulation and digital composition). I'm more than happy to offer my services to help me reach my goal. If you can't or don't feel comfortable, please share this campaign and consider my services. I can't do this without your help.

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Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. Please share to support our efforts to give Punks a better quality of life. Sharing this fundraiser is fast and free, and it helps more than you know. We can't do this without you.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 7, 2017

Posted on October 7, 2017

I'm sorry I haven't updated in so long. Life has been... interesting. With Punks' tumor growing, and a flea infestation because my neighbor's dog managed to get in my house, and dealing with all sorts of other things, I've been run ragged.

Punks has stopped eating as much. I tried different brands of food, different types in the different brands, and the only thing she'll really eat is Whisker Lickin's treats. The vet told me not to feed her treats often, or she may get used to them being her sole source of food, which would be bad, apparently. She stands at her bowl and cries, and I can't do anything to help. It's so heartbreaking.

At the vet's recommendation, I got her medicated with Capstar tablets to kill the fleas, and put some Advantage II topical treatment on her skin to keep them gone. So at least she isn't digging herself to death anymore, and the scabs from where she was digging have all fallen off as she's healed. Now the fleas are attacking me, so I'm taking Punks in her crate to the front porch and flea bombing the house later today. She hates her crate, so this will be fun. (Insert sarcasm there.)

With the flea meds, or her not eating, the lipoma has shrunk a bit, but the vet said that's not going to last unless she stops eating completely and then we'll have more to worry about than just the lipoma. I'm getting really worried about my furbaby.

As always, if you have donated, thank you so much. This fundraiser has gone kind of stagnant, so if you could please share, I would greatly appreciate it. And if you can, please consider donating again.

Posted on August 1, 2017

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Posted on August 1, 2017

Punks' lipoma is still getting larger, but the rate of growth seems to be slowed at the moment. I'm not sure what's going on, but I still have her confined to a single floor, carrying her up and down the stairs when she gets whiny to move floors. I've been spending more time cuddling her, and she seems happy with that. It just means I spend more time watching Netflix than I ever have before, because it's easier to cuddle her while in the recliner instead of my desk chair. But, this also means she's quieter when I'm working, so I call that an all-around win.

The awful thing about it growing (besides the fact that it's growing and hindering her movement), is that the larger it is, the more it costs to remove it. I'm hoping to raise the money soon before the lipoma gets into another pricing category. I spent $81 of the funds raised to take her to the veterinarian who will be doing the surgery, and she said it's close to being in the next pricing category.

To let you know how large it has become, it is no longer the size of a golf ball. The lipoma now nearly fits the entire circumference of the palm of my hand. Her mobility was hindered when it was just golf-ball sized. Now, it's harder for her. And the bigger it gets, the lower her quality of life gets. It's hard to watch.

In the attached photo, you can clearly see the large mound just behind her head. That is the lipoma.

If you've already donated, thank you so much. If you can, please consider another donation. If not, please continue sharing this campaign to help Punks get a better quality of life.

If you haven't donated yet, or are just now seeing this campaign, please consider a donation, and please share. The more eyes we get this campaign in front of, the more likely we are to achieve our goal.

Thank you. And I hope you have an awesome week.

Posted on July 20, 2017

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Posted on July 20, 2017

The cover artwork for Tiny Gifts, the short story featuring Punks, is finished, and I love how it turned out. Tiny Gifts ended up being an 11k short story. With no foul languate, violence, or sexual situations, I would rate this short story as PG. It does have some heavy emotional content dealing with cancer, dying, grief, and anxiety, so parental guidance is suggested for those under 13.

I have emailed all our current supporters with their short story and novella as promised. And these stories will be published to Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks come August 8th to help raise more money and spread awareness.

Punks is doing okay for the most part. I've been checking her tumor daily for new growth, and it seems to have slowed down. She's getting used to her new "normal" and hasn't been crying as much lately. I've also been spoiling her with new treats that she absolutely loves, so she's a happy little kitty. At least, she is when she gets her treats.

She's learned not to go downstairs by herself, so I've been able to take up the tinfoil from the floor surrounding the staircase. She doesn't have problems going up the stairs as much as coming down, so I'm not worried about that, but I still carry her up and down the stairs when she wants. It's helping me get some extra exercise.

I wanted to thank all our supporters again. Punks and I appreciate your generosity so much. We still have a ways to go, but I have faith that we'll get there. We appreciate every share and donation, every prayer. If you can, please continue sharing. The more eyeballs we get on this campaign, the more likely we are to reach our goal.

You are awesome. And I can't thank you enough.

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