28 year old, Annie Bond moved to Los Angeles to do one thing: make people laugh. And she’s not letting anyone or anything stand in her way—not even cancer.
Annie was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2015 but she refused to let the disease get her down. She laughed her way through cancer by performing stand up, writing sketch comedy, and getting a puppy named Lemon.
“After all of my surgeries the doctors told me to walk as much as I possibly could, and I kept getting very jealous of the people who were out walking with the dogs. So I decided I needed a dog. Also dogs make everything in life better and they’re basically the closest things to unicorns that we have.” Annie tells Digital Doggy.
After over a year of battling cancer, Annie is now in remission. She believes Lemon and her sense of humor played a big part in getting her there.
“I’m a comedian and I like to make jokes with the nurses and one of them told me that my sense of humor was going to save my life. That was something that I kept hearing over and over again in my head every time I got sick or every time I wanted to give up. Not only is my dog funnier than I am, but she is consistently positive and loving and having that kind of presence in your life makes such a huge difference to your state of mind.” Bond says.
Annie knows Lemon has helped with social anxiety, depression and fear. It also shows the deep connection between a girl and her dog.
“Lemon doesn’t care if I have cancer or not. Lemon has actually made me feel a lot more comfortable going out in public because people are more interested in talking about my really cute dog then they aren’t talking about that crazy details of my life or my illness. She’s the best distraction that I could have ever imagined.”
Beating cancer isn’t the only thing Annie has accomplished; she’s become a proud mother of a Golden Doodle puppy.
“Lemon also gives me a greater sense of purpose in my life because now I’m responsible for this fluffy creature, and taking care of her reminds me that I’m capable of anything and that I’m not sick or sickly or anything because of cancer. It’s easy to hole up and avoid the world when there isn’t an adorable creature that you have to take outside for a walk so that she can go to the bathroom. I’m stronger and I’m more determined than ever, and Lemon gives me the strength to believe that every day.”
Annie and Lemon’s story proves that dogs (and laughing with dogs) are truly the best medicine.
“She keeps me active, and makes me smile and laugh uncontrollably every single day. Our furry little family is the most wonderful thing that’s ever happened to me.”