SILSBEE — Katie Martin was only 29-years-old when she found a lump on her breast. She said she called everywhere trying to get a mammogram, but was turned away because of her age. It wasn't until someone finally referred Martin to MD Anderson that she got some answers.
"I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, which is breast cancer...the tests that they did found that it spread to my liver and spread to my bones, which made me a stage four," said Martin.
At that point, doctors gave Martin only five years to live. Today, she's rounding four years, and still fighting. She said she has two big reasons to keep going everyday.
"My kids are the reason I wake up every morning and keep going, even though I hate going to chemo," said Martin.
As a single mom, raising her five and ten year old hasn't been easy. Martin had to quit working a couple of years back when her treatments made her too weak. Now she has to rely on a disability check once a month to pay her bills, take care of her kids and drive back and forth to Houston for treatments.
To help ease the financial burden, Martins daughters teamed up with her cousin, Beverly Wiggins, to host a bake sale at the Brookshire Brothers in Silsbee. All the money raised went to help pay her medical and personal bills, and purchase the kids school supplies.
"We're trying to help her with her chemo and all the money," said Martins daughter, Paisley.
Wiggins sees Martin's daughters Paisley and Everleigh as her own. She said it's hard to imagine being a single mom battling cancer while taking care of two kids. Wiggins said she had to do something to help.
Martin's tumors are shrinking, and right now she's stable. However, she knows her fight against cancer will be an uphill battle.
"I'll never be cured, stage four you're never cured, it's just an ongoing battle," said Martin.
Although there is no end in sight for the battle, Martin feels blessed to be able to keep fighting.
"I kind of feel like I'm proving them wrong and maybe I can go past the five years," said Martin.
The girls raised over one-thousand-dollars, and a softball team volunteered to raise money for their school supplies.
If you missed out on the bake sale but wish to help out, you can make a donation to their gofundme.