I understand this is a complicated, painful and confusing diagnose. I'm turning to the brighter side of the situation when I said "this is not a death sentence and is treatable" and I really do think that is true. Its not like there are no options, you are not being told "your dog is in a lot of pain and there is nothing to be done" (that is in my mind a death sentence) Again there are no crystal balls and not one living thing is born on this earth with an expiration date. Thank goodness for all the wonderful information posted in CT. Personally, since not having any information about Fletcher's parents I brace for the day I face these medical conditions. Its not easy I'm sure but again just another reason to be thankful for CT and the support.