By Logan's Dad
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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 some nerves.
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!