On March 1, 2016 Lexie was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, an immune system disease in which the body attacks and destroys its own red blood cells. Lexie was initially treated with steroids and immunosuppressive medications, but her condition quickly worsened and she had to have a blood transfusion with the hopes that the fresh blood would give her time to allow the medications to kick in. Unfortunately, she did not respond well to the initial treatments and she was referred to a specialist where she began a regime of steroids and chemo. We were in and out of vets’ offices weekly, sometimes daily, and Lexie kept a brave face on everyday and she fought every inch of the way. A year and a half later, she was finally taken off all her medications and the prognosis was good. And the bond that we had before her disease, became even stronger, and yes, we are pretty well joined at the hip.
How Lexie’s Love came to being
I have been truly blessed. First of all, I received a year of pet insurance when I adopted Lexie as a baby, and I chose to keep it up after that as it was not that expensive. It paid for a decent portion of the huge medical expenses. I was able to pay for the balance. But at almost every visit to the various vets, I witnessed owners who were having to make heartbreaking decisions about medical care for their companion animals. Knowing that they could not afford a procedure that could save their companion’s life, or ease their suffering, some left with their animal. Some of these people would care for their pets as best as they could at home, with everyone suffering needlessly; some would take their pet to a shelter with the hopes that someone might adopt them and care for them. Some chose euthanasia. The thought of having to do any of these things is horrifying to me and I resolved to find a way to keep companion animals together with their families and live a heathy life. And so, Lexie’s Love was born.