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Kathy had a cough in May, which had been diagnosed as bronchitis. After one round of antibiotics, the cough persisted, and the doctor ordered a chest x-ray. The chest x-ray revealed spots on the lungs that were intrepreted to be cancerous but secondary. A CT scan (Jun 1) was ordered to try to find the primary souce. It showed two spots on the liver, one small, but one was 6 cm by 6cm which is about the size of a lime. Enlarged lymph nodes were also discovered. A liver biopsy was then ordered (Jun 4). It indicated that the liver was not likely the primary source of the cancer. An appointment was made with an oncologist, Dr. Timothy Pluard (Jun 8), the medical director of the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters.  Dr. Pluard examined Kathy and had some bloodwork drawn and ordered a PET scan. He also ordered additional pathology tests from her liver biopsy. Kathy had the PET scan on Jun 11. Late that afternoon we talked to the doctor via phone and he told us that the PET scan revealed no other cancer in any other organs. He also told us that bloodwork indicated normal liver enzymes, again indicating the liver was not the likely source and also that the tumor was likley to be slow growing versus fast growing. The doctor was trying to determine the true source of the cancer before prescribing any treatment. He mentioned that two other possible sources might be a melanoma or a sarcoma. He recommended she see a dermatologist to determine if there was any melanoma. She saw dermatologist on June 16 and he ruled out any melanoma or sking cancer.

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Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

It's been over a week now since Kathy's passing. Brian, Lisa and Zach returned to Florida yesterday.  The boys and I are definitely struggling and dealing with this the ... Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

It's been over a week now since Kathy's passing. Brian, Lisa and Zach returned to Florida yesterday.  The boys and I are definitely struggling and dealing with this the ... Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

I just added my memorial video for Kathy to Facebook, but I think anyone can view it, even if you're not a FB member. ... Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

I want to thank each every one of all of you who helped make this celebration of Kathy's life such a memorable one. Thank you so much for your many guestbook comments, ... Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

Kathy's obituary in the Sunday St. Louis Post Dispatch: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=kathleen-mary-tiemann&pid=141922582 Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

Funeral plans are as follows: Visitation from 4:00 to 9:00 on Monday at Baue Funeral and Memorial Center at 3950 W. Clay, St. Charles, MO 63301 ... Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

Kathy's journey and battle with cancer is finally over. She passed away at about 5:55 pm central time today. She was surrounded by her family. Tears flowed but there was ... Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

It's hard to believe that there is anyone out there at this moment that is surrounded by more love than Kathy is right now. Not only the family in the room with her, but ... Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

She is resting peacefully, in a deep sleep right now. Family surrounding her with love. She'll soon be in the arms of her Savior. Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

Kathy woke up about 6:30 and wanted to go outside so we obliged her. We got her in the wheelchair and took her on the back patio for about 15 minutes. She even enjoyed a ... Read more

Gregg Tiemann posted a new journal entry.

Kathy's condition has definitely taken a turn, and I'm afraid time is now really short. The hospice nurse was here today. She has a lot of swelling from the IV fluids. We ... Read more

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