How a 'pulling' sensation in the leg became a terminal diagnosis for Sydney mum

  • 23/01/2023
How a 'pulling' sensation in the leg became a terminal diagnosis for Sydney mum
Photo credit: gofundme

A Sydney woman who fell ill unexpectedly during a drive is now faced with planning her own funeral.  

When Catherine Kronfeld, originally from Samoa, felt a 'pulling' sensation in her leg, she felt something was amiss, but didn't expect cancer to be the cause.

"She told my aunty Betty, 'something's not right," her daughter Natasha told 7 Life.

"She should have called the ambulance but she didn't think it was going to be something like this."

Doctors diagnosed Kronfeld with Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer; within a week, she was already experiencing seizures.

She was given less than six months to live, although that time has since passed.

"It was super sudden and everything was such a blur," said Natasha.

"I was just in shock and I broke down because I just didn't even understand, it didn't feel real."

Both of Kronfeld's children have been hands-on since the prognosis.

Her son David continues to provide financial support and Natasha stopped working to take care of her mother's medical needs.

Kronfeld herself is grateful to her children for their kindness.

"They are so amazingly strong. I know it is hard for them," she said.

Although Kronfeld has lasted longer than the expected time frame, she and her family have made the decision to stop treatment.

They are trying to make the most of the time they have left together.

"Mum knows, and we all know that it's not long at all now," said Natasha.

Natasha's best friend Stef has set up a gofundme page and paid tribute to Kronfeld saying:

"If you were to ask anyone who has been in the presence of Catherine, they would tell you she is one of those people you always feel good around, like sunshine entering the room."

"While there is no cure, there is so much love, and we know we will all get through this challenging time together.

So far the page has raised A$12,665 out of their A$20,000 goal.