WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - On December 28, Wichita Falls resident Kati Martin took her 14-month-old son Tommy to the doctor for what she thought was a simple rash.
“I froze. I didn’t even realize what he was saying,” said Kati. “It didn’t even hit me until they took him for surgery and took him away from me.”
After doctors did more extensive testing on Tommy, they broke the news to Kati that her son had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“I have chills going down my spine right now, it was heartbreaking,” said Tommy’s grandmother Sharon.
Kati, a single mother of two, was forced to leave her daughter Sarah in Archer City with Sarah’s grandmother and take Tommy to fort worth for chemotherapy.
“Knowing that Tommy is hurting because he’s not with his sister and he’s always getting shots, always getting his blood pressure taken, always taking medication that determines whether he’s gonna make it or not,” said Kati.
Tommy’s treatment is expected to last two and a half years. At the moment, however, Kati is without a reliable car and it’s left the family wondering when they will see each other again.
For Sarah and Sharon, the hardest part is the waiting. Waiting and wondering what will happen in the two and a half years of treatment, waiting for the family to be reunited, and waiting for Tommy to return home and healthy once again.
“Tommy would not make it without his sister and Sarah would not make it without her brother so, it is hard to get up in the morning but it’s even harder to think about what if I didn’t,” said Kati.
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