Hi! My name is Amber and the cats who rule my world are Dinah and Sampson. They are brother and sister and will be 11 in February. Back in March of this year, Dinah was not eating as much as normal and throwing up when she did eat. Lots of tests later and the vet said IBD. We tried lots of novelty protein diets with no results – steroids were also prescribed at this time. Diarrhea was added to the list of symptoms and we ended up in the emergency clinic because I was so worried. They did an ultrasound and determined there was thickening in her bowel wall – they suggested exploratory surgery for biopsies to determine if it was cancer and the price tag was about $5000. I opted not to do that and searched for another option. Finally found someone who could get a diagnosis through fine needle aspiration at a smaller cost (although not much!) and a diagnosis was finally made. Small cell lymphoma. Cancer. That news was super hard to hear but I was determined to treat her so long as it made sense for her – not for me. Although my cats are my life, I would not make them suffer just to extend my time with them. She has been on chemotherapy and steroids since diagnosis. I thought having to deal with chemo was tough and scary and then came the diagnosis of diabetes because of the prolonged steroid use. I am feeling so lost and worried for her. It’s overwhelming, as I am sure you all know! I do not have a local support system as I recently moved and my closest family is almost 4000 miles away. Every day is a struggle but so long as I can tell she is feeling okay, it’s worth it. Every minute she is not in my sight, I am worried something is going to go tragically wrong. It's all I can think about sometimes. Vet has her one 1 unit of Lantus twice a day and of course wants her to come in to the office in a few weeks for the curve. I am hoping to be able to do that at home so it’s less stress to her so after I post this, I am off to search for a home testing kit and start my research on that. We just started insulin this morning but I am struggling to get her to eat enough as she does not seem to have much of an appetite these days. I am also challenged with finding a pet sitter willing to deal with all this who I can trust as I would really love to see my family for the holidays. So, there is our story for now! I’m sure I will be lurking on these forums going forward and asking a lot of questions because this diabetes things is super scary and I really don’t want to mess it up!