My Story

Thomas is only 7 years old, and was just diagnosed with an atypical sarcoma.  He is being treated at CHOP, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.  He has been such a trooper through his illness, which started October 2012.  He has a great network of caregivers, doctors, family and friends that have kept him strong and his spirits high.

Thomas - 7 years old.

He was sick all of October 2012, because of an inflamed lymph node right groin.  They finally preformed a surgical biopsy, and ended up removing a 4cm mass. 

On Tuesday, 10/30/2012- we were told the pathology indicated an atypical sarcoma. 

He then was scheduled for a tumor bed resection with Dr. John Dormans and Dr. Joy Collins.  Dr. Collins was the surgeon that preformed the biopsy.  The reconstructive and plastic surgery and phase of Thomas' journey will be with Dr. Oksana Jackson.

His oncological team is led by Dr. John Maris, Dr. Edward Attiyeh, as well as several Fellows.  We are participating in a research study led by Dr. Richard Womer.

This is a good team here at CHOP.

Today (11/8/12) they told us the final pathology: myxoinflammatory fibroblastic sarcoma.  His pathology slides were read here, HUP and Dana Farber.

We are planning to seek second medical opinions from Dana Farber and perhaps MSKCC. 

We are also planning to enroll in a genetic testing program, as both Majbritt and I are cancer survivors.

Joe and Majbritt Schmidt


Joseph Schmidt posted a new journal entry, "18 Months Cancer Free!!".

Good news! Thomas had his 18 month surveillance check up, which includes MRI, CXR and phisical exam.Oncology Rock Stars at CHOP have told us that he remains free of ... Read more

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Barb and Kevin Davis signed Thomas's Guestbook.

Kevin and  were talking after the hay ride on Friday about what a difference a year makes.  What a huge blessing to see your family happy and Thomas healthy!!  We are ... Read more

Deb Rooney signed Thomas's Guestbook.

Oh Joe! Now you made me cry.  It is so nice to see Thomas healthy and happy.  It just goes to show that love and prayers go a long way.  The Schmidt family derves ... Read more

Karen MacNaul signed Thomas's Guestbook.

Woooooohooooo!  Makes me cry happy tears to see Thomas doing typical kid stuff, even though he is an amazingly strong super hero!  Hugs to all!!!! Read more

Joseph Schmidt posted a new journal entry, "Today is his Cancerversary".

I read these threads the other night- and cried the whole way through.Many of you know years ago Majbritt and I both battled cancer.You helped us through tough times, our ... Read more

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Deb Rooney signed Thomas's Guestbook.

This news makes me so happy. You deserve this news and it just goes to show that God watches over the children. Breathe easy and enjoy your weekend.Love,Deb and Jack Read more

jacque dietrich signed Thomas's Guestbook.

Yay for Thomas and his wonderful family! Awesome photo at second base, Super T! Hope to spend some QT with you all soon. Love from The Dietrichs Read more

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