Cancer runs in 44-year-old Lorne Mott's family. But he still never believed it would happen to him.
Mott, a sergeant with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, said he was working a Mardi Gras parade when he started feeling ill. He said he hadn't felt right in a while, but he brushed it off and kept working.
“After the parade, one of the other sergeants noticed I didn't look so good, so they made them check my blood pressure and it kind of went from there -ended up in the hospital running tests,” said Mott.
Doctors told Mott he had a mass on his liver, blood clots in his lungs, and a tumor on his heart.
“It was a whole lot of 'bam bam bam' all at one time,” said his wife, Lee.
His wife of 23 years, Lee said she just thought he was coming down with pneumonia; he had been working non-stop at night in the cold.
“The doctors were kind of surprised because he's so young and to have all this they were like 'we don't see this in young people that look like you do; we see this in older people,'” said Lee.
Lee and Lorne have three children and one grandson, with two more on the way. The family just moved to Ragley a few months ago.
“He was just at work we were living our life and now it's just turned upside down,” said Lee.
Lorne has been serving his community for 16 years with the sheriff's office he's been a sergeant the last three years - and the force has been more than supportive in his time of need.
“They have been amazing; we had so many people come and see us while he was in the hospital and phone calls and 'whatever we can do, please let us know' - they had his friends come bring me food while I was staying with him and everybody was just amazing - like a second family, definitely,” said Lee.
Lorne is set up to see a specialist at MD Anderson in Houston to receive further testing to see what can be done.
Although the wait has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the couple, they find comfort in their friends.
“It’s overwhelming - the love of the community and friends,” said Lorne.
Since the love and support of the community has been keeping Lorne's spirits up, KPLC wants to continue to wish him the best as he finds out more about his condition. If you would like to send a card or some well wishes his way, please send it to:
Cards for Sgt. Mott/Care of KPLC-TV.
320 Division St. Lake Charles, La. 70601.
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