Chris and Carrissa Logan with their two children. Their 2-year-old daughter, Stella, has just been diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. | Thanks to Yvonne Simmons
REXBURG – After a week of sleepless nights and a life-changing diagnosis for their 2-year-old daughter, a local couple is happy to be back home with a new outlook on life.
Chris and Carrissa Logan, of Rexburg, found last week that their daughter, Stella, had B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells in the bone marrow, according to Webmd.com.
While the diagnosis is not terminal and will require monthly treatments at Primary Children’s Hospital for the next several months, Chris says it has still been a difficult journey and one of the most stressful weeks of his life.
“The first conversation your 2-year-old has cancer hits like a lot of rocks,” Chris told EastIdahoNews.com. “After many tears, we felt the love and prayers of everyone around us, which made us feel a lot calmer and more peaceful.”
It all started about a month ago when Stella had a runny nose, cough, and other cold-like symptoms. The symptoms eventually resolved, but two weeks later she complained of an earache.
They took her to the doctor and Stella was given an antibiotic. Several days later, Stella’s symptoms began to escalate.
She ran a fever non-stop. They were a mild fever, but they were constant all day, all night. She also really complained about body aches, ”says Chris.
They kept watching her and after a few days her appetite had improved and she seemed to be getting better.
Two weeks ago Carrissa went to get Stella out of her crib. When she put Stella on the floor, Stella collapsed.
She couldn’t get up. Her legs had no life in them at all, ”says Chris.
They immediately took her to the doctor. A blood test showed that Stella’s red and white blood cell counts were low. After a day or two, she developed anemia and Stella was rushed to the emergency room at Madison Memorial Hospital for a blood transfusion.
Chris and Carrissa were encouraged by Stella’s energy levels the next day and her desire to play. But as the day went on, Stella did not improve and became more lethargic.
Initially, Chris said the doctor thought it was Parvovirus B19, a mild rash disease that usually affects children and includes many of the symptoms that Stella was experiencing.
Over the next 24 hours, Stella got progressively worse with a fever between 102 and 104 degrees. The next morning, doctors determined that Stella had leukemia cells in her blood and referred her to Primary Children’s Hospital for further testing.
After arriving in Salt Lake and sharing everything that had happened, the Logans were eventually diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
2 year old Stella Logan | Thanks to Chris Logan
“We couldn’t have foreseen this in any way, as neither Carrissa nor I have any blood disorders in our family history,” Chris wrote in a recent Facebook post. We cannot express how grateful we are for the constant expressions of kindness and love our family has received from friends and relatives, and for the countless prayers that are said for us, we feel them and they strengthen us. Stella is a strong girl and well cared for by her family, friends and caregivers, and we think she will beat cancer and emerge victorious. ”
After a 10-day hospital stay, the Logans say their daughter is doing well, and they are grateful to the doctors and staff who treated her and helped put them at ease. They are very happy that their little girl is going to be okay and happy to be back home in Rexburg.
“She will receive weekly treatment at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City for the next few months,” Chris wrote on Facebook Sunday evening. Hopefully we can divide the arrangements between Utah and Idaho along the way. While the cancer is already on its way to remission, it will not be cancer free for about 2 1/2 years. “
Since Stella’s diagnosis, several friends have created a GoFundMe account on behalf of the Logans to help pay for medical and travel expenses. More than $ 4,600 has been raised since its launch last week.
Chris says they have been moved and humbled by the prayers and support of friends, neighbors and community members.
“We cannot express enough gratitude for that. We know there are people who have donated who have less than we do, and we’re amazed how nice and generous everyone (has been), especially the people we don’t even know, ”says Chris. “We pray that everyone who has supported us in some way will feel our love and gratitude in return and be blessed for their kindness.”
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