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Pet Insurance Month 2012 Finalist: Lynn and Cody

September is Pet Insurance Month and in honor of this, Trupanion celebrated the special bond that we have with our pets. We collected your stories explaining how your pet changed your life. It wasn’t easy, but we chose our top 5 finalists and Lynn’s story is one of them.

In October of 1997 I was looking for a kitten and I was very happy when Balfour picked me out by walking up to me and licking my nose. Balfour became my beloved Cody. My very first cat since moving out on my own.

In November of 2009 Cody became very sick. He was later diagnosed with cancer. Cody and I said yes to chemo treatment and he made it into remission.

Cody went in and out of remission and in March of 2012 we had to switch him from oral chemo to intravenous chemo treatments. Cody only lasted through one treatment. He was out of remission and we could no longer fight the terrible disease. On March 22, 2012, Cody told me his fight was over and I said goodbye to him. It was one of the most difficult days of my life but I know I had 14 wonderful years with him and that he was now in heaven waiting for me.

Cody actually taught me the importance of having pet insurance. A little over two years I paid for all of Cody’s medical treatments because he didn’t have pet insurance. Back in 1997 I didn’t know pet insurance existed. Treatment for Cody was never a question though. I knew I was going to give him the best treatment possible and I did. But I have learned the importance of having pet insurance and my other babies are now covered.

Cody also taught me the importance of giving back. Once I knew Cody was moving to intravenous chemo treatments, I knew I needed financial help. It was going to cost me about $1,000 a month for two treatments. So I came up with an idea. I love to bake so I decided I would bake cupcakes every month and sell them to my friends. It would be a cupcake of the month club and I would call it Cupcakes for Cody. The money raised would help me pay for Cody’s new chemo treatment. Because Cody only lasted through one intravenous chemo treatment, I never had to worry about this but I knew there were other pet owners who were going through what I went through. Wondering how they were going to pay the vet bills for their babies.

So Cupcakes for Cody is moving forward. I am currently working on getting it set up as a non-profit organization and all proceeds will be donated to wonderful organizations and pet hospitals so that other pet owners can receive some financial assistance. There is a lot of work ahead of me to get this done but it will be worth it. There are other animals going through chemo right now and their owners might not have pet insurance so they need the help. It’s also a wonderful way to honor my dear boy Cody who was a constant by my side for over 14 years and who will be missed every day until I’m reunited with him one day.

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About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

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