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Epilepsy diagnosis, house fire, burglary hit family all at once

HOUSTON – They seem carefree and casual as they play around with their 2-year-old son, but there's pain behind the smiles.

"It's just a lot, you know," Jacob Chavana said.

Jacob and Vanessa Chavana haven't had an easy start to the year. Vanessa was diagnosed with epilepsy just last month.

"So far, it's been a struggle," Vanessa said.

"She has seizures, most on a daily basis," Jacob said.

They were figuring things out, getting back on their feet, when they were knocked down again.

"So the fire started in the master bedroom closet over here," Jacob said.

Their home caught fire two weeks ago.

"Our entire master bedroom was gone. We had nothing," Vanessa said.

Chavana says it was started by a lamp, and everything inside was destroyed.

"It's just adding to the pile of stuff that we're already going through," Jacob said.

But that wasn't enough. The couple just found out Monday that almost everything that survived the fire has now been stolen by burglars.

"They went through my wife's nightstand drawer and her jewelry box," Jacob said.

Chavana said the burglars broke in through a window while they've been staying with family.

"A lot of the stuff that we hadn't taken out yet -- our kid's computer, yard equipment, a bunch of stuff in our garage," Jacob said.

He says even the pots and pans in the kitchen were taken.

"This shelf was completely emptied," Jacob said.

Chavana says it's hard to understand, and it's hard to know why. He only knows they have to stay strong.

"Having to get stuff as we go, a little at a time. Take it day by day," Jacob said.

If you would like to help this family, click on this link to the GoFundMe page.

If you have any information about this crime, you're asked to call the Harris County Sheriff's Office.