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anniemac
15th July 2010, 12:59 AM
:xfngr:I am not sure if I have shared the story about why I started ellas blog www.fightforella.blogspot.com and why I feel so strongly about bringing awareness of sm. Those of you on this forum already know but unfortunately I feel that a lot of people are still not aware of what sm is or what symptoms to look for. I wrote something for some people in charlotte for an informal newsletter and found cavalierhealth website and then met ollie from the book "for the love of ollie". It was ollie that probably saved ella from more damage being done from her sm.

Her vet, friends etc. Did not see the things that I put together. I know that she progressed fast so time was not on her side. There are many things that need help for sm research, scanning, etc. But to me, if ellas story helped anyother cavalier like ollie did, then that would be great

So now the good news, I think:*bay:

I read on twitter that the person who writes the blog www.twolittlecavaliers.blogspot.com reaced 500 followers. So I thought if she could post something on sm and that reached 500 people and out of those 500, they spread awareness and so on, what good that would do. So I contacted her and she is going to feature ella and sm in the following weeks.

I am opening this up to the forum about what things should be included? I also think what does it hurt to talk about sm and maybe just maybe one more cavalier might be helped. What are your thoughtsl:blabla:

Desrae
15th July 2010, 03:47 AM
This is a great idea. There are so many thing that can be included... I guess for starters you can include a list of common symptoms displayed by a cavalier that might be suffering from SM. You can also tell them how to approach their vet about the idea, because a lot of vets (at least the ones I've encountered) poo-poo the idea as well. For example, in the last few months I've had a feeling that my girl Belle, who is only two years old, might have SM, she's got the scratching, she rubs her chin and yelps for no reason, she's also gone very quiet and lays in corners and just seems as though she has a 'headache' or something. I'm now looking for a vet in my area, or at least in Ireland who will actually believe that SM exists. Anyway, sorry, I digress.
So it's really important to create an awareness of this affliction telling people what to look for and how to get diagnosis/treatment. Maybe a list of vets/neurologists who are willing to examine and confirm whether their cavalier has SM or not would be a good idea as well.

anniemac
15th July 2010, 04:29 AM
Great thanks for your input and I hope everything is okay. I hate to say it but those are some of the things I noticed