Connor's Corner

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lots going on!

Kids are keeping me hopping, high school especially has been a Wowser with all they have going on...dances, homework, socials, field trips, projects, reports, after school activities-you get the picture! Studying with Samantha after Connor goes to bed is killing my evenings too! Busy kids=busy Mama, lol...

Connor's behavior has been much better thank goodness. Still can't leave him alone for second-but he is calmer at least. He seems to really like school now, he is very quiet there, but the routine is doing him good. No new words though-really have hit a standstill again.

Last appointment in Atlanta went good. Connor kept busy with his special arts & crafts he likes to do while he is hooked up. And the BEST part...He didn't have to have the 2nd infusion :-) so we saved an hour! He is on oral Bactrim now Sat & Sun every week. I met with the nurse practitioner and next time we go (Oct. 13) they will run blood-work to see when we will do chemo again...depends on how his B-cells are looking. It's been about 6 months since his last chemo treatments, and I'm hoping after he gets it again we will see some new language and other positive signs like the last two times he has had this drug. (Praying)

We leave for Camp Sunshine on the 9th of October for family camp weekend! I am worried how Connor will do there, but we are hoping for the best. I know Ryan and Stacy will enjoy it (they went last year for sibling camp and LOVED the activities) It'll be some good family time and a chance to meet other families with special kiddos. I'll be sure to take pics to share here!

I need to say a special THANK YOU to my dear friend Theresa and her family for the extremely well-timed card they sent our way recently. I appreciate the love, support, and prayers more than I can say. Miss you guys!!!

Connor is still enjoying cooking a lot. He is so cute "helping" me in the kitchen. The other day I was making a macaroni salad and chopping lots of veggies to throw in-he likes to pull a chair up to the counter to watch. I told him not to touch the knife and he went and got a little yellow plastic knife and spent 30 minutes mashing up a piece of celery with it, lol! It really holds his attention to help in the kitchen. :-) So sweet!

Ryan and Stacy spent quite a few hours last weekend with their Aunt Beth helping her set up Halloween decorations. It is a fun time of year for them-my sister goes all out and we are lucky that Halloween is on a Saturday this year for my sisters BIG BASH. Stacy has her costume bought and hanging ready to wear, it is a funny one this year-she is going to be a Prom Queen with the sash and everything, but with cool gloves and accessories. Ryan is even thinking of dressing up this year and this was a shock because he hasn't for two years now. I'm glad they still want to, it sure makes it fun for all of us. Even Connor keeps signing the sign for candy whenever he hears the word Halloween, lol! He is excited about that part for sure!

I'm not sure yet what is going on at the restaurant for Halloween, but I'll post it here and on Facebook when I find out. I hope things are calmer this year and no one tries to show up in anything crazy-a couple years ago a guy had to be "removed" for not wearing ANY clothing at all...not sure what his costume was supposed to be, lol!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009


September is the month to spread awareness for childhood cancers...September 12th specifically, but all month long as well. Most people aren't even aware there is a special month devoted to this cause-until it is you that has a child diagnosed with this disease.

When you are dealing with a RARE disorder (OMS for example) chances are you won't be getting a month OR a day for your cause, lol. I am realistic, but not giving up on spreading awareness for either condition! Much like smoking leads to lung cancer in many cases-cancer led to my sons brain injuries, making me feel moved to spread the word to everyone I can reach that more research is needed to prevent other parents from going through what us OMS moms and dads and cancer parents have. So here is how YOU can help!

*Support Childhood Cancer research (organizations such as CureSearchand The Children's Cancer Foundation)
*Donate blood
*Donate your time and money to Ronald McDonald House Charities
*Wear GOLD!!! (ribbons that support childhood cancer)
*Volunteer at children's hospitals
*Support Camp Sunshine (programs for children with cancer)

You might notice that although these examples are directed towards fighting cancer, most of them have long reaching benefits for the OMS children as well. Especially the donation of life-saving blood! When we are at clinic we see so many kids receiving blood transfusions, probably more than we see getting chemotherapy. But here is an interesting fact most people aren't aware of-I know I wasn't before Connor became ill and began getting infusions of antibodies every 3-4 weeks for the past two years...

IVIg (Intravenous Immune Globulin) is a blood product administered intravenously. The antibodies are collected from the pooled plasma of THOUSANDS of donors! So you can see how badly blood products are needed for many conditions.

We are going to Camp Sunshine for family camp weekend in October! I was happy to hear this-it should be fun for all of us (well, maybe not Connor, he is still struggling with going anywhere he isn't used to) He is really getting used to his school routine though and is doing GREAT!

More soon,

Thursday, September 3, 2009

September is here!

First day at school!

Fake casts courtesy of Stacy-silly girl :-)

Connor relaxing after school wearing a hat he made that day...

Still in the "baking phase" so we are doing a lot of cooking around here.

If you notice the quality of these pics just kept going downhill. A little someone got hold of my camera (again) and messed up all the setting so the pics were awfully blurry. Sorry bout that, lol!

Busy day, like most lately, in a good way though. Connor's behaviors are back to a normal level (for him) that is tolerable...except last week when he did steroid week with nothing on board to combat the rages (won't be doing that again) Sam was traveling, so it was really a tough week, then Friday came around and he slowly started calming down over the weekend. School is going great, he goes in happily most days (more like content) except today-he was probably exhausted from hospital day yesterday in Atlanta. He still let me leave without much fuss, and began his busy day at school.

New changes have been made due to a pretty bad flu situation going on in our town. I pulled him out of his day school (the Tuesday and Thursday one with all the "normal" kids) Just too much exposure to handle realistically with his compromised immune system...I am fine with it though and feeling better about our decision. At least it leaves Tuesdays open for the hospital (we are going every 3 weeks now for his infusions) so he would have missed a lot of time...Plus he has speech therapy on Thursdays.

Tomorrow Connor begins seeing a new speech therapist. I am sure it will work out fine, but this was very upsetting for a few reasons...because of insurance reasons we are no longer allowed to see his other therapist (who he has been with 3 months now) New things are SO hard on Connor, and he was just starting to really hit his stride with the other therapist, so it is frustrating-feels like we are losing time by starting over with someone new. Please pray for the transition to go as smoothly as possible!

It is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and also the 2 year anniversary of Connor's official diagnosis. Hard to believe it has been TWO years! I am still struggling with my anxieties over his future-but he is doing well right now. I am trying to take it one day at a time, and look at the positives-mainly being-HE IS ALIVE. Thank you Lord for this precious boy! One year ago he had NO he can say Mommy and Daddy and many more. Simple words, like Hi and Bye-and some that we understand and no one else does, lol...But those few words are the most beautiful sound in the whole word. I think I have posted this before-but here is something I wanted to share this month...about what cancer took away from my baby when that tumor grew in his body and caused his OMS. His words that he is fighting so hard to learn and speak...

I Am The Child

I am the child who cannot talk. You often pity me, I see it in your eyes. You wonder how much I am aware of — I see that as well. I am aware of much — whether you are happy or sad or fearful, patient or impatient, full of love and desire, or if you are just doing your duty by me. I marvel at your frustration, knowing mine to be far greater, for I cannot express myself or my needs as you do.

You cannot conceive my isolation, so complete it is at times. I do not gift you with clever conversation, cute remarks to be laughed over and repeated. I do not give you answers to your everyday questions, responses over my well-being, sharing my needs, or comments about the world about me. I do not give you rewards as defined by the world’s standards — great strides in development that you can credit yourself; I do not give you understanding as you know it.

What I give you is so much more valuable — I give you instead opportunities. Opportunities to discover the depth of your character, not mine; the depth of your love, your commitment, your patience, your abilities; the opportunity to explore your spirit more deeply than you imagined possible. I drive you further than you would ever go on your own, working harder, seeking answers to your many questions with no answers. I am the child who cannot talk.

*Our Family*


"Connor's 3rd Birthday in Pics"

Before OMS Onset....

Connor was SO happy and interactive-then OMS struck at 15 months old and he changed overnight...

"Holiday Slideshow 2008"

"A Year In Pictures-2008"

Slideshow Stacy Made!

Connor's 2nd Birthday April 2008

Halloween 2006

Connor George Khoury

Connor George Khoury