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Iditarod 2004 - Tales from the Trail

January 21, 2004

Orion's Status

Thank you to all for your words of support regarding Orion. While I'd love to take the time to email each of you personally, I'm just a little overwhelmed right now - remember I still have 19 other dogs that need my attention too and need to be run. It is a difficult and stressful juggling game.

Orion is significantly worse this morning. I'm waiting for the vet to come out of surgery so we can decide our next course of action. We had talked yesterday about a few different options and now we need to decide which direction to go from here. Please all be assured that our vet here in Alaska is an exceptional one (he is the vet used by Martin Buser and top sprint musher Egil Ellis - among others) and he is devoting a lot of time and effort into Orion. I am grateful to him and I trust him completely. 

Orion has been a real fighter through all this, but last night and this morning his disease seems to be getting the better of him. If and when Orion tells me his is tired of fighting, I will respect that - but I don't think we are quite there yet. 

Prayers are still appreciated. I am saying mine continuously. 


PS. Barb Branham sent this to me and I was deeply touched by it. With her permission, I sharing this with you all.

Thank you Barb.


And if I go,
Know that I live on,
Vibrating to a different measure
- behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
So you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
- both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest,
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name in your heart,
...I will be there.

- colleen corah hitchcock '89

Karen's Diary - 2004 Edition

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