My heart and reason for pushing through any and all adversity! This is my family from Thanksgiving- from left to right- me, Aurelia (aka Rae Rae) age 3, Jonathan, and Sophie age 5
 

Me (left) with a coworker at commencement in June 2013. Helping people achieve a higher education is my inspiration for my whole career and commencement is what makes me know what I do is for a purpose.
 

Cat Thoma

Colorado, USA

BA in Art,  Master of Education in Adult Education and Administration (summa cum laude). Currently working on a second Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a dual specialization in Project Management and Corporate Training & Instructional Design. Plus she's a mother of two!

  

"I am happy to say that narcolepsy has not stopped me or slowed me down! I hope to inspire others that although invasive, narcolepsy doesn't have to consume you or stop you from reaching your goals!....” Cat Thoma

 

 Hi! My name is Cat and not only do I have narcolepsy with cataplexy, I also am quite successful in my personal and professional life! I was diagnosed with narcolepsy, cataplexy, and REM Stage Behavior Disorder (RBD) when I was 28. At the time of my diagnosis I was on a leave from my career and unsure if I would be able to control my symptoms to go back to the career I love. I am now 30 years old, diagnosed for over a year and a half. I have been married for almost 7 years, have two young daughters (3 and 5), and an amazing career. In 2005 I graduated with my BA in Art. After 2 1/2 years in insurance I followed my heart into a career in higher education. I finished my Master of Education in Adult Education and Administration summa cum laude in 2009. I am currently working on a second graduate degree, this time a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a dual specialization in Project Management and Corporate Training & Instructional Design. I have been working in higher education for over six years. I have held many positions and been promoted often. I am currently a new hire mentor and Enrollment Counselor for one of the most well reputed state online universities. I am proud of my family, my education, my career, and all that I've been able to do to raise narcolepsy awareness. In my free time I am one of three who moderate the monthly twitter chat, #nchat, and one of two who keeps up on www.TheNarcolepsyFight.org. We have a website, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr account that I monitor with the assistance of my partner in crime, Mike. Although every day is no walk in the park, I am happy to say that narcolepsy has not stopped me or slowed me down! I hope to inspire others that although invasive, narcolepsy doesn't have to consume you or stop you from reaching your goals!

Here's a picture of me, my husband Jonathan, and our 3 year old Aurelia at my cousin's Fourth of July party
 

"Helping people achieve a higher education is my inspiration for my whole career..." -Cat Thoma-

Recent picture of me
 

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