Time spent with Jada was a gift for our family. She had an incredible energy for life and never acknowledged anything that stood in her way of enjoying it – including the cancer that took her so suddenly. She seemed bulletproof: laughing off a car accident, coyotes, and a fire in the last year of her life. She was a special soul, and a strong, tough lady who inspired the rest of us to try and keep up.
In one week’s time, Jada began to show signs of being ill, and while we were out of town, she chose the moment to give in to a pain that she’d obviously hidden for some time. The amazing Neurology Team at CSU, including Dr. Lisa Klopp, and senior student Audra Fenimore, took care of her and eventually discovered a debilitating spinal tumor. By the time we saw her again, Jada’s back legs could not hold weight and she was barely able to move. No longer able to live her independent life, her spirits soon worsened when her 83 pound body had no way of moving unless carried. Thanks to a compassionate and caring Dr. Kathleen Cooney, Jada was able to tell us when it was time, and she enjoyed her last Colorado sunset over the divide from the comfort of her own deck and her own bed, knowing that she lived up every minute of her life to the fullest!
At only 8 years, she is gone too soon, and is loved and missed.
Goodbye Jada Pants!
Jerome and Erin Bishop