Father reveals harsh reality of childhood cancer
A father has revealed the “harsh reality” of childhood cancer as his seven-yearold son battles the disease.
James Sellers, 37, has spoken out about his son Logan, who has a very rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS).
The yougster, who lives in Talybont, near Bangor, with dad James and twin sister Francheska, was diagnosed after a lump developed behind his right eye, pushing it an inch away from his face.
The family are now living in America until January while Logan receives proton therapy treatment and chemotherapy.
James, who has setup a facebook page called ‘Logan’s Journey’ to keep people updated on his treatment, posted a picture of his son after a round of chemotherapy which “knocked him for six”.
He intended for the photo to show the stark reality of what life is like for Logan.
James said: “The main reason I posted a poorly picture was to show the harsh reality behind the scenes.
“Logan is a cancer patient, he is really poorly and it affects him in ways people can’t imagine.
“It’s something that no parent even considers, I think that’s why it’s so much of a shock. To be honest it’s uncomfortable and upsetting to talk about but it’s only through people like me that people can be educated.
“Logan on a bad day is constant sick, even when his stomach is empty.
“He wakes up in the night in a sweat, screaming and crying for no apparent reason and it can take up to an hour just to calm him down.
“He’ll lash out at me in temper, punching and smacking.
“Any change his routine or his planned hospital visits makes him angry and upset and he’ll throw himself on the floor or sofa in a temper and will scream his his head off.
“He refuses to eat or drink and has no interest in anything, not even his favorite games toys.
“The worst part is when he asks me questions I can’t answer like why this is happening and when he’ll get better.”
Despite the intensity of the treatment, James says he is determined for his children to have a good time while in Jacksonville, Florida in order to take their mind off Logan’s condition.
James added: “Although we’re having a good time with the outings I have planned, every evening I sit down when they are in bed and think - is this treatment going to work? Will my little boy be OK? Will I wake to find my little boy has lost his battle and passed away in the night?
“That’s why I need to do what I can for him now and ensure he has a good time.
“People need to realise what this does to a family. Sometimes I just don’t know what to do but at the same time I refuse to show my emotion to the twins, I have to stay strong.
“My life is Logan and Francheska and until they are happy and well everything else just stops, I just have to be strong for them.”
A gofundme page has also been set up by Susan Pritchard, Logan’s step-grandmother, to raise funds for living costs while they are in the US.
Logan Sellers’ treatment for a rare cancer makes him very poorly
James Sellers (centre) with his twins Francheska and Logan. Main is Logan battling his rare cancer