Last week our miracle donkey lost his battle with lymphoma. A little over two years ago Jacques was diagnosed with Lymphoma and after looking very sick and frail at one point, he reacted positive to his cancer treatment and within weeks he looked like himself again, we couldn't believe the change in him, he looked not sick at all. But over the last few days it has become apparent that he was getting uncomfortable and no longer responsive to his medication. His coat lost it's luster and he started showing sores on his body again that just wouldn't heal. So it was time for us to say good bye to yet another donkey friend, who was living on borrowed time for the last two years.
I am glad we had the last years with him, he was hope for so many cancer patients that come to the DSC and they felt a kinship with him as having the same health issues. When I was notified of Jacques death a certain visitor came right to my mind as she herself is battling cancer and loved and sponsored Jacques since she met him. It was a hard email to write but I felt I owed it to her, as we keep in contact a lot and I didn't want her to just read it somewhere. Rest in peace Jacques.
|All brown donkey Jacques|
Jacques was not the only animal living with cancer at the DSC. Our mule Danny Boy has skin cancer that not only has affected his outer appearance but he has also some tumours inside. So far so good, but he had a recent health scare which made it just more obvious to us, that his time is not too far off.