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Logan started limping early July 2007. He said he twisted
his leg at a birthday party. We were okay with that and just
would keep an eye on him to make sure it did not get worse.
Later that month he started getting fevers as well as lost
sensation in his right arm for a day. We took him to his
local doctor in Puyallup. They did some blood tests and
noticed his blood counts were a little out of whack like they
were trying to fight something (the tumor). He then sent us
up to Seattle Children's Hospital for more tests. They had
Logan do a CAT scan (x-ray of chest & belly). There they
found the tumor that was bigger than a softball. It was
pushing on his spine, stomach as well as one of his kidneys.
The reason he was limping was because the tumor was affecting
Logan was 5 Â½. He was born on January 19th 2002. The
tumor/cancer was found Thursday July 26th 2007 (Logan became
a big brother the following Monday, July 30th when his little
brother Peyton was born). The doctors give Logan a 30% chance
to survive Neuroblastoma. Logan has been fighting the cancer
for over 8 months. After a long and amazing fight we finally
heard the word REMISSION! Logan does not have cancer in him!
The type of cancer Logan has, Neuroblastoma, hides really
well. Therefore, Logan has been randomized into an
experimental treatment to make sure all the cancer cells that
may be hiding are killed. This treatment means another 5
months of intense in hospital treatment. Logan inspires me
& everyone he has contact with everyday.
What does Children's mean to you, your child and your family?
The nurses and doctors on the oncology floor have become
part of our family. We had a baby three days after Logan was
diagnosed, Peyton Lewis (Logan named him). They have seen how
amazing of a big brother Logan is. After an intense surgery
the first thing Logan wanted when he awoke was his little
brother. The nurses help us take care of Peyton when we are
there so we can comfort Logan through our pain. As soon as
Logan enters the Cancer/Hemoc floor he is swarmed by the
nurses giving him hugs. 8+ months ago I did not know where
Children's Hospital was...I have been in Puyallup
all of my life. Now I can drive to Children's in my
sleep. Children's Hospital is now our home away from
home and the staff there makes us feel extremely welcome.
There is no place in the world we would rather have treatment
done. Thank You nurses and doctors that have impacted my
son's and my life. You have made some real hard
times better. You all are truly amazing!