MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — In light of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, News 2 sat down with a 10-year-old lymphoma patient who is inspiring people in Mt. Juliet and beyond.
Between chemo treatments and therapy, Vivian Oettel has been in and out of the Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial for the past 10 months amid her battle with T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma.
What her parents thought was the flu, turned into a diagnosis that changed their lives forever.
“Our world basically turned upside down,” Brandon Oettel, Vivian’s father, recalled.
Despite several long hospital stays and becoming very ill with an unknown lung infection, Vivian has never stopped fighting.
“She’s done some amazing things, and it’s really inspired me to see her, how strong she is…She’s my greatest hero,” Brandon said.
While Vivian continues her …