Cat Thoemke CatSTRONG

First post: Jun 24, 2022 Latest post: Sep 30, 2023
In late December of 2021, Cat was having pain in her right knee and hip, and a little Advil and Tylenol would ease her pain that would happen occasionally.  Moving forward to March, she was losing weight and her knee was really hurting badly.  After seeing her PCP a couple of times, we were finally able to get her an MRI of her knee.  It showed “runners’ knee”, and, as you all know, Cat is not a runner.  Thanks to her Physical Therapist, Tawnie, the knee was starting to improve.  However, it appeared that it was more than a knee issue. 

We saw an Orthopedic Doctor in early May, and he said we needed to see a Neurologist ASAP as she was unable to lift her right leg on her own.  She was able to walk as the rest of her body was able to push the leg up.  Luckily, we got in to see them right before graduation.  He ordered an MRI of her lower lumbar and completed a nerve study on June 8th and 9th.  On June 10th we were told Cat had a mass in her psoas muscle and that we needed to see an Oncologist.  We saw the Oncologist in Port Orange on June 14th, and she felt that it was not cancer, but we would need to do some testing or even surgery on it.  The next day Cat was experiencing pain in her right upper arm, and it was bad enough that we felt like it was an ER visit kind of pain.  When we arrived, they did an x-ray on her arm and chest and discovered several nodules/ masses in her lungs.  They ordered a CT of her brain, neck, and chest, and then another of her abdomen - all to discover more masses.  At first, they thought a biopsy on her lung was best, but then they found a spot on her right femur, the leg that has had all the issues.  The biopsy was performed, and we were told that it looked like bone cancer. 

Moving to June 22nd, we were informed that it is Ewing Sarcoma (bone cancer), and that it had metastasized in multiple locations in her little body.  We are currently in Gainesville, Florida at the University of Florida Shands Children's Hospital.  Cat will be undergoing tests 6/23, and then on 6/24 they will put her port in - the port is the tool they use to administer chemotherapy.  She will start chemo on Friday 6/24/2022.

We are devastated by all of this; however we are CatSTRONG.  Please send prayers and feel free to leaves messages here for all of us to read and love on.

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If you would like to help, funds can be sent via Zelle to 503-522-7743, or visit the “Ways to help” area for GoFundMe information.

We’ve been tremendously lucky to be able to stay at our dear friend’s townhome in Gainesville during our trips for chemo. That will come to an end as soon as college starts, and our plan is to find a small, 1st floor apartment to stay in, to have a sense of a home base while here.

We have been told to try to keep everything as normal as possible. Cat will have chemo every other week, alternating between 2 days and 5 days of chemo.  This will be at least a 10-12 month period.  Jane will not be able to return to work until Cat rings the bell.

If you want to help when we are home, we are looking into McDonald’s, Door Dash, Grub Hub, Starbucks, Wendy’s…

Visitors are welcomed, however a face mask will be required.  Text Jane 503-522-7743 or Wes 503-730-4096 to set up a visit. 

If anyone in your family or your immediate “circle” is not feeling well or has been ill within 7 days, we can’t see you. ☹️

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