Tufts Picture From August, 2002
June 18, 2003
Mira joined her friends at Rainbow Bridge today.
Mira's tumor was removed twice in the past 6 months. Each time it returned more vigorously than before. As a last resort, her leg was amputated three months ago. With her usual spirit and determination, she recovered VERY well from that and within two weeks was getting around and back just about to her old self. But it was another short-lived victory.
Another tumor grew - this time it was a mast cell tumor right
where the amputation took place, not the original cancer that we had dealt with.
At that point it was determined that there just wasn't anything else that could
be done for her. There wasn't enough skin to remove the tumor and close the
opening. And the area was not a candidate for skin grafts.
The past few weeks Mira's interest in life began to wane. She began eating half-heartedly and began loosing interest in any playtime activity. (Mira has ALWAYS shown an inordinate interest in food and biting toes). Each day she seemed to slip just a little bit more behind. Mira's quality of life has always been FACT's guiding principle in her care and treatment. As she showed interest in life, we would continue to support her care.
Blood work confirmed our worst fears - that another cancer had invaded her liver which was beginning to fail. Liver cancer is inoperable.
Many tears will be shed at Mira's passing by friends and well wishers from around the world. We've all learned from Mira's spirit and attitude - and that perhaps is the greatest mark any person or creature can make. We will all mourn her - but we will never forget her and her contribution to our lives.
FACT's board of directors has approved establishing a special memorial fund to provide extraordinary ferret care to a ferret or ferrets anywhere in the United States. It is our goal to support situations that will help advance the successful treatment of ferret injuries or diseases. We will post an application and further details.
Many thanks and heartfelt appreciation to all her caregivers and supporters.
Help Us Continue to Help Medically Challenged Ferrets Like Mira
Your donation to the Mira Fund will help FACT establish an extraordinary memorial health care fund for ferrets. As alwasy, donations to FACT are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For Mira, and for any other ferret that may suffer, we thank you.
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