From Staff Reports
Lynnlee Clark is known as a happy, go-lucky toddler, who is often bubbly and outgoing. She is known to frequently make her friends and family members laugh.
But at the end of last year, Lynnlee’s behavior changed, and she didn’t have as much energy as her mom notice she had a low fever. Lynnlee continued running a fever that was off and on, her mother, Mandy Clark said. Mandy Clark, 37, is a single, and also raising her daughters Madison, 14, and Paizlee, 11, in Yukon. The family is living currently with Mandy Clark’s parents in Yukon.
On Jan. 4, Mandy Clark took Lynnlee to a doctor’s office. All possible causes of the fever were investigated, such as teething with two-year molars. Tests ruled out COVID-19 and the flu, and still the fever wouldn’t go away. The energy in Lynnlee was also low, as she started sleeping for up to six hours during the day. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, test results confirmed that Lynnlee has leukemia.
She was hospitalized at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center before returning home to Yukon on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Her stomach had been swollen and she had a 101 fever. Her white blood cell count was high, and her platelets were low, doctors said.
Lynnlee has had her first treatments and chemotherapy.
“It is scary at times,” Mandy Clark said. “It is a roller coaster ride of emotions. She (Lynnlee) has her bad days and her good days.”
Mandy Clark was self-employed until recently, but now she is not able to work while caring for her daughter. Lynnlee is covered under a SoonerCare insurance plan that will cover most of the medical costs except for some of the medications.
Mandy Clark is encouraged because she said treatments for Lynnlee’s form of leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, have a high success rate. But it will take time.
“This is going to be a very long process,” Mandy Clark said. “She (Lynnlee) is on a treatment plan 2 to 2 ½ years long if all goes well.”
Mandy Clark said Lynnlee has a “bubbly personality,” and has friends at her daycare center, where she won’t be able to attend for about six months,” Mandy Clark said.
The family has set up a fund, Pray For Lynnlee, on Gofundme.com.