Support For Christi Thomas

This blog is to help offer support to the Thomas Family and their daughter, Christi, in her battle against cancer. Please visit Christi's website at to learn more. There, you'll find journals, photos and a lots of other information about this amazing child and her family.

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Monday, February 20, 2006

Purrrrrfect Medicine!

We're home! (Exhausted, but home!) Praise God!!

Christi hugged her American Girl dolly and slept soundly in Mr. Grant's van, her stroller, on the plane and on the two hour drive home from the airport. I guess she was resting up for the "purrfect medicine" her Great Aunt Marty soon delivered - Buckeye!

Buckeye was a little scared at first, but soon settled down and curled up with Christi (after the two played with a little ball toy for a while). I can't thank Marty enough for her hard work in obtaining this special cat. Christi placed her new cat sleeping bed right beside her bed.

Buttercup, well........let's just say if Shayne brought home another wife and said, "Isn't she so cute? We will treat her as an equal member of the family and we will all love her too," I wouldn't be real excited either. Hopefully, Buttercup will come around soon and the two will become pals.

Not to gross anyone out, but (good news) Christi finally (after 12 days of waiting) did it! (You know, "dropped the kids off at the pool" as my husband would say.) Whew! That has to help her little tummy feel better.

Shayne's off at the grocery store now selecting items to put some weight back on this sweetie and getting her new prescriptions. We pray that her mouth sores heal soon so that she can eat. AND - it's FABULOUS to be back with Shayla! I think she grew an inch in my absense!

I don't believe Christi is going to be up to going to school for a full day tomorrow, but we'll see how it goes and hopefully we can go for a little bit at least.

I'm not certain if you can tell from the one photo where Aunt Marty is standing up, but Aunt Marty even brought real candy buckeyes for Christi! Incredibly thoughtful! Christi actually asked for them last night at the hospital and then said, "Oh, I guess this is Pennsylvania, not Ohio."


At 20/2/06 5:00 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

So cute! Christi sure looks happy with Buckeye! I noticed the Buckeye candy...I'm sure that helped her perk up a bit too!

I'm glad you guys are all together again for a while. Give the girls a giant hug for me please.

Love, Jennifer

At 20/2/06 5:00 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

So cute! Christi sure looks happy with Buckeye! I noticed the Buckeye candy...I'm sure that helped her perk up a bit too!

I'm glad you guys are all together again for a while. Give the girls a giant hug for me please.

Love, Jennifer

At 20/2/06 5:05 PM, Anonymous Candy Belanger said...

Those pictures absolutely made my day!! It looks like Aunt Marty delivered the exact medicine Christi needed...nothing like a little feline TLC to put a smile on a little girl's face:) Glad to hear that all is well in the plumbing dept too. *wink*

Sending big hugs and prayers always!

At 20/2/06 5:10 PM, Anonymous Mary Hollway said...


What a special story with Buckeye!

Christi looks so good!

Last week when Billy was so out of it form his eye injury, we finally got him to eat via: Smoothies! Fresh strawberries, orange juice, vanilla frozen yogurt and ice.

Keep up the great work!

Te Hollways

At 20/2/06 5:57 PM, Anonymous Eliza, san fran said...

Dear Angela, Christi, Shayla and Shayne!
I'm so glad you're all back together. From cyberspace, it seems like you've accomplished a great feat and I'm sure it feels the same in reality.

From hospital bed to home.
What could be a better trip!

Much love to you all.
You are constantly in my thoughts and hopes that this is a lasting treatment.

Have fun with Buckeye!
My kitties are sending cyber "meows" of welcome >^,,^<


At 20/2/06 6:07 PM, Blogger Cheryl Scott said...

Dear Thomas Family:

WOW! You're home...and so is Buckeye. The pictures say it all and I am happy for everyone.

I'm sure you'll all be sleeping with smiles on your faces tonight. And, rightly so.

I hope Buttercup and Buckeye will become pals quickly.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Cheryl Scott

At 20/2/06 6:25 PM, Anonymous Kelly Robinson said...

OH HOW EXCITING!!! So very Happy that you are both home and Christi is snuggled in with Buckeye!!! Such a precious kitty :0) Prayers that your days at home are filled with Joy and warmth!!!

Love & Prayers
Kelly & Tom

At 20/2/06 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home Christi and Angela...and welcome to your new home, Buckeye!

I was glad to hear that you are feeling better. Hopefully your mouth sores will go away and you can eat more and continue to get stronger. I hope that your counts continue to rise and that you can get you next treatment next week! Go Christi!

You have such a sweet Aunt Marty to make you buckeyes and to get you a "Buckeye" kitten! Remember to show Buttercup special attention so that she knows that she is special to you too. We have 2 cats and they can be friendly and play and then they will "fight" with each other. I think that when we aren't home, they are wonderful company for one another.

It is so nice to know that the Thomas Team is once again under one roof for a while!

May God hold you in the palm of His hand!

Marion, Ohio

At 20/2/06 7:08 PM, Anonymous danielle said...


congrats on the cute cat!

i love the blue eyes... horray for you, christi!

At 20/2/06 7:25 PM, Blogger The Farrell Family said...

Welcome Home, Angela and Christi!!! We are happy that you arrived back safely. Also, Buckeye is so adorable!!! She makes us want a Siamese kitty; although, we believe that "Dot" (our 9-month old kitty) would react the same as "Buttercup."

We pray for Christi's white count and ANC to rise. But, mostly, we continue to pray for complete healing from this dreaded cancer!

God bless you all!

Love -
Rob, Amy, Emily, and Ryan Farrell

At 20/2/06 7:26 PM, Blogger HeatherB said...


I'm so glad that Christi is home and enjoying that new kitten. :) I agree she is adorable!

And umm Buckeyes my favorite! Eat a few for me Christi as those are NOT on my current running diet. :)

Lots of love, hugs and prayers,


At 20/2/06 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I had an Aunt Marty :)!! What a great kitty! Looks like Buckeye put a BIG smile on Christi's beautiful face. I pray she feels well enough to go to school this week. Keep fighting Christi!! You rock!
Megan in NC

At 20/2/06 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow there back in Ohio I bet that feels good to be home . That kitten is sooooooo cute . We will continue to uplift you in our prayers and all those blood counts come up to normal level .

Prayers from UpperSandusky , Ohio

At 20/2/06 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news that you're home. I'm sure Christi and Buckeye have become fast friends. A loving relationship with a special pet can make all the difference in how an illness impacts the body.

Hope the mouth sores clear up soon. I had those after a difficult treatment several years ago and there's no words to describe the pain. Even water hurts. I found sucking on hard licorse(sp.)candy was the only thing that helped. The doctor said it was the anise that removed the sting and burn, if only for a little while.

Prayers that the counts keep coming up and all is well on this week home.

At 20/2/06 10:55 PM, Blogger Spring said...

So glad you're home safely! I know you're exhausted after all the travel, not to mention the last week. At least you get to be exhausted in your own house with your own shower, your own bed, and sweetest Shayne and Shayla by your side! I love the action shot of Christi and Buckeye playing -- her new kitty definitely has plenty of spunk, just like her. Give Buttercup my condolences on the end of her single kitty lifestyle. ;)

Much love from Nashville,

At 21/2/06 12:11 AM, Blogger California Friend said...

Hi Guys,
I couldn't wait to get home tonight just so I could see Christi & Buckeye! I don't know who's cuter!! :-) Christi, I know
that Buckeye is going to be the BEST medicine for you! Good luck getting to school tomorrow and keep feeling better!!

Love & hugs from CA,

At 21/2/06 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't know who's cuter - Christi or the kitty!

At 21/2/06 1:47 AM, Blogger Denise Ward said...

I'm glad you both made it safely home. Buckeye is very cute and hopefully Buttercup will think so too, in time. I hope Christi starts to feel more like eating in the next few days and am glad to hear Shayla's doing well; bet she's glad to have you both back home again.

At 21/2/06 2:46 AM, Anonymous Lisa Burt said...

Well aren't those pictures something! Christie and Buckeye look wonderful. I'm happy she's home with her lovely present. Praises indeed. Love to you all, hope you have a happy hairy day with your new friend, hopefully your other cat will come round to the idea! Prayers prayers prayers.

At 21/2/06 12:43 PM, Blogger Brigid and Celie said...

We're so glad you're feeling better, Christi! And we're so happy you're all together again! Have fun with Buckeye - he's a really cool cat!

Brigid and Celie

At 21/2/06 1:17 PM, Blogger Laura Swymeler said...

I happened upon you site a few weeks ago and have been keeping up with Christi's progress. You all are such an inspiration, Christi has the the strength of an army! I am SO HAPPY that you are home. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers!!

At 21/2/06 3:13 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Hi Everyone,

I have been reading your story for a long time. I do not remember why or how I came upon Christi's website it captivated me.

I wanted to finally let you know, that I pray and think about your family every day.

I have a daughter, Mikayla, that just turned 12 on Friday 2/17. She keeps updated with your website as well.

We live in Madison, WI! I have read that Shane visits here often. Small world.

We also have two Siamese cats. One is a lynx point and his name is Shadow, he is eight years old. Our other kitty is Eli, he is about 18 mos old and he is a blue point siamese. They are the sweetest cats ever. Everyone comments on how they kind of act like dogs!

Have a wonder day Christi, enjoy your new kitty, Buckeye!

Love and Hugs,


At 21/2/06 3:24 PM, Blogger Java Koala said...

Wow! These pictures are great! Who taught Buckeye to disco? In that one picture, it sure looks like she is doing a John Travolta! It also looks like Christi and Buckeye took to each other in no time flat. Aunt Marty even brought edible buckeyes?? Aunt Marty, will you adopt me?? LOL! Angela, your analogy between new cat and uninvited wife was so funny! Very good news about Christi "throwing her pennies into the porcelain wishing well!" Ouch..that's the worst kind of traffic jam!! Way to go, Christi!!!!:o)

BIG HUGS to you, Shayla! I'm so glad everyone is back together at home again!

Take care and have fun with Buckeye!

Java Koala

At 21/2/06 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy you are home. I am also happy that Christi got her way and got another pet, lol. Smart girl she is. Take care.

At 21/2/06 7:39 PM, Anonymous Emily Limbaugh said...

Hey Christi:

This is the first time I've sent you a note. I just wanted to let you know, in case you didn't already, that Buckeyes are also good luck charms! I know you've got lots of friends, family, strangers and even the good Lord rooting for you, but a little luck never hurt either.
I think both of your cats are real dolls! I also wanted to tell you that the pink cap you’ve been sporting really works for you! Not everyone can pull off hats and's real cute. Of course I also think you are just a beautiful girl (long hair, short hair, or no hair!) with a lot of spunk! It certainly shows in your pictures and jokes. I'm watching your counts and crossing my fingers every day that they come up! Lastly, I'm in nursing school and I plan to work in pediatric oncology. If you are up for it, shoot me an email and tell me what you like about CHOP and what you hate about cancer, and give me some suggestions about how you think nurses could make things more fun, less boring, and less aggervating for you. You might help me make things a little easier for other kids with cancer some day soon!

Take Care,
Emily Limbaugh


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