Idalou mother and son both battling cancer

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 1/20/2014 10:29 pm
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The past two years have been a roller coaster for the Turner family. Last August, mother-of-two Erin Turner was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

"It was an extra shock for us, since we've dealt with this before with our son. He was diagnosed with leukemia about two years ago from the day that I was diagnosed," Erin said.

Five-year-old Cole was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in September of 2011. Thankfully, he only has one year left of his monthly treatments.

"It's been really tough," Erin's husband Jody Turner said. "I mean, everything with him, and now we're going through the same thing with her."

"I have to rely on my husband for so much. My daughter has come through, helping take care of her brother and me. She's been amazing," Erin said.
"They're at the hospital, and I don't get to see them so much. Hard time," Erin's daughter Katelyn Turner said.

Especially hard on eight-year-old Katelyn and Cole who will be living with their grandparents while their mom will be away from home over the next several months.
"Right now, I'm getting ready to have a bone marrow transplant in San Antonio. It's scary, but I'm ready to get it over with, and just get on with everything," Erin said.

The Turners have been challenged by this disease, both emotionally and financially, but they are a lesson to everyone around them of hope and love.

"The time that we got now, we'll cherish it, go to the next day, and look forward to the next blessing," Jodi said.

"Just trying to get through this bone marrow transplant, right now. Hopefully after that's done, I will be in remission," Erin said. "We still have to get through the year of treatment with my son. Then hopeful after that, life will get back to a more normal pace, I hope."

A more normal pace for a family who is more like a team. They support each other through every obstacle life throws at them.

These are two parents who are Texas Tech graduates, both working people with insurance, who have been devastated and overwhelmed with medical bills and hospital stays. But, the Turner's say fighting this battle apart from their children is one of the hardest parts.

Their friends set up a website where you can donate to help with medical bills and flights, so their kids can visit Erin while she goes through treatment over the next three months.

If you would like to donate, click here.
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