LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin boy learned about cancer at the young age of six after doctors discovered a tumor on his brain. The now nine-year-old and his family are grateful his tumor was removed in time to spare his young life. Titus Grigg is happy to get back on the baseball field after doctors said he would possibly never play sports again.
Titus has survived a brain surgery, 6 weeks of radiation and four months of chemotherapy. He's cancer free now and enjoying priceless blessings he's given each day.
"Nobody is ever prepared for it in any way. It's a gut punch. There's just nothing that will prepare you to see your child suffer," Amy Grigg, Titus' mother, said.
In 2009, things started off as what seemed to be migraines but the MRI showed differently.
"The radiologist came in and pulled us aside and said that he had a brain tumor; and that we needed to make our way to Texas Children's as quick as we could," Amy Grigg said.
Their church family and the Lufkin community rallied around them to support Titus as he spent months in the hospital.
"Seeing the smile on his face brings a smile to ours," Donnie Grigg, Titus' father, said.
Three years ago, the Griggs were unsure when Titus would smile again, or even talk, or walk.
"One of the things that they kept saying to us was that most likely and probably he will wake up and not be able to speak," Amy Grigg said.
Titus didn't lose his speech but he did lose one important thing.
"I lost my balance," Titus said.
It was certainly a very sad time for the then six-year-old who had to stay in bed all day.
"We're just extremely blessed that the possibilities that could've happened to Titus that god protected him from those," Donnie Grigg said.
Watching Titus on the baseball field now you'd never know how sick he once was.
"I get to run and play with my friends now," Titus said.
The Griggs watched their son lose weight and his hair, but today they are grateful to watch their son enjoy life while being able to play sports again.
"Seeing how sick he was from the chemo and radiation treatments, and to see how really weak he was, and to see him today years down the road just brings joy to you because of what he went through," Donnie Grigg said.
"To now be on this side of it and to see him riding bikes, riding scooters, playing ball is just an immense feeling of just being so thankful," Amy Grigg said.
Looking back on having a child survive cancer Amy Grigg can't thank doctors enough for finding the tumor and not ruling out her son's problems as migraines.
"We were told several times down there that over and over pediatricians miss medulloblastoma until it's too late," Amy Grigg said.
Today, Titus wants to assure one thing to the 175,000 plus children worldwide that are diagnosed with cancer each year.
"That god loves them," Titus said.