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Conner’s Story

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On May 19, 2006 my life changed forever. My husband Kris had a motor vehicle accident that killed him and my 6 year old son Adam. Conner was one at the time, and suffered a spinal cord injury at C1, 2 and 3. The doctors told me the night of the accident to prepare myself because Conner would never survive through the night. We had thousands of people praying for Conner that night and for God to do a miracle in him! I have never prayed so hard before in my life for something. I just begged God to let Conner live. I needed him. I was 29 years old and just lost everything that was precious to me! I had no idea how I was ever going to survive this tragedy. That is the thing though, without God you can't survive a tragedy as great as this! Well clearly you can see that Conner survived through the night. The next few weeks were really hard though. The doctors told me that Conner was going to have no quality of life and would be paralyzed from the neck down. He was also in a coma and ended up coming down with spinal meningitis. His outcome did not look good. He was on a ventilator and couldn't breath on his own. The doctors told me that I needed to let Conner go. They even went as far to tell me that they would put him in my lap and let me rock him to sleep (death)! I was mortified!! I told them there was no way I was going to do that, and that God could have taken Conner when the accident happened. It wasn't a survivable accident! God saved him from the wreck for a reason! I told them I was having faith and believing in God to heal Conner! They did not support my decision and told me I was being very selfish and not thinking about Conner's quality of life! I told them that God could take Conner right now if he wanted him. I told them that where there is life, you always choice life! Today I am so thankful that I put my faith and trust in God! Conner is a living miracle, and yes we have had a very hard road to follow and continue to have a huge journey in front of us, but the blessings God has given us along the way, have been absolutely amazing! It has been almost 7 years since the accident happened and Conner is making great strides everyday! He is able to breath on his own off the vent for over an hour right now. Which if he can breath an hour on his own, he will continue to get stronger and be able to come off the ventilator one day!! We just have to keep praying and believing! He has all feeling and sensation throughout his body! He can use his arms to roll over from his side to his back! He gets stronger and stronger everyday! God also brought love back into my life again, and I remarried 2 years ago! He is a great man of God and is a great daddy to Conner! God has blessed our lives more than I could ever imagine or deserve! We do still have hard days and struggles, but God is always faithful to take care of our every single need! We are believing that God will completely heal Conner one day and he will be a walking testimony for God! I pray that God uses him and his testimony for his GLORY and KINGDOM!!! We appreciate all the prayers you lift up to God on behalf of Conner! We ask that you continue to pray and believe with us that God is going to completely heal Conner! We serve and AWESOME and AMAZING God!!!

Isaiah 40:31

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Sonya

Latest Journal Update

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Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week! It is such a busy time for us right now. We have been running non-stop it feels like. Between Conner's therapy, home school, and Robbin's oldest boys both playing football, we don't have much down time right now. We did get to take Conner up to school last week and meet his class. Even though he is home schooled, he is still assigned to a class at Dickson. It was amazing to me how much the kids love him and are so excited to see him. They all wanted their picture taken individually with him. It was so sweet. I am grateful that over the years, the teachers have taught the kids to love Conner and not be scared of his disabilities! He absolutely loves it when the kids interact with him! Which is great for me to see and experience also. Sometimes I really get down in the dumps, because I so long for Conner to be able to experience the things that other kids his age get to do. It is hard as a mother, to go through the tragedy I went through and not long for my sweet little boy to be back to normal again! I PRAISE God everyday for giving him such a sweet and happy spirit. It never bothers Conner to see other kids doing things that he can't. He is so happy and content! As long as everyone interacts with him and loves on him, he is a happy camper. That is an answer to prayers for sure! He could be really depressed! It is simply amazing when I see how many peoples lives he has touched!!

 A couple of months ago, we had a national TV show contact me about possibly doing a story on Conner. They were actually wanting to do a story on people who believed in the power of prayer. I thought it was amazing that out of the whole US they came across our story! They were amazed by our story. They told me they would get back with me if the show made or not. I haven't heard back yet, but I am assuming since it has been two months now,  the show didn't make. At first, I was really disappointed that I didn't hear back. I thought it would be amazing for Conner's story to be aired on national TV, but our family and close friends were all praying that if this was God's will, he would open the door wide open for it. I want every single step we take in our life, to be God's will for our life!! Sometimes that is hard to stay focused on, but it is the path we have to continue to take! I know when the timing is right, Conner's story will get out there to the world. It may not be until I get my book written, but I do believe it will happen one day! Which by the way, please be praying about the book I am wanting to write. Me and my mom have already been dragging stuff out from back in the beginning, but it is just finding the time to do it. God has been placing this on our hearts for a long time now. I just have to make myself find the time to get going on it.

Enough about all that though, and on to Conner now. He has been doing great since the procedure. He really didn't have any pain or issues after the procedure. I am so thankful for that, because sometimes when they go in and mess with things, he stops urinating on us. So far, he has been urinating great and doesn't act like he is having any issues! They will do an ultra-sound in December on his kidneys to see if there is any fluid in them. If there is a lot of fluid like before, then it didn't work. We are believing it is working though!! He has been working so hard during his therapy and vent weaning for us. He is rocking and rolling on being off the vent! We are trying to get him ready for Baltimore. We leave in a few weeks to go back for his two week outpatient spinal cord therapy! This is always our favorite time of the year! We love watching him work so hard for them and accomplish new things! They are so amazing there! They not only work hard with him for two weeks, but they teach us what we need to come home and do with him also. This is very important for us, because we wouldn't have a clue what to do with Conner. Even therapist around here don't know exactly what to do, because spinal cord injuries are not a common thing around here. Plus a therapist only comes in once a week for an hour. We do therapy on Conner for around 2 to 3 hours a day! We are so grateful to have the opportunity to continue to go Baltimore. There are only 4 pediatric spinal cord injury rehabs in the US and only 2 of them take children on ventilators. So we are blessed to continue to get to go to Baltimore! I do ask that you pray for a hedge of protection over him and our whole family from all the crazy sickness that is going around right now. I have never seen so much bad stuff going around!. About 3 years ago, Conner got hospitalized for 2 weeks with a common cold, so I can't even imagine what it would be like for him if he caught some of these nasty bugs going around right now. We need to make sure he stays well for Baltimore and for his safety! We are all tanking up on our vitamins and just praying protection around us! We have several doctors appointments coming up in the next few weeks in Dallas and I won't lie it scares me to go to there with the Ebola stuff going on. That is where our faith comes in! We just have to pray and believe in God to protect us! So if you see us out and I am spraying lysol all around us, just excuse me, hahaha!! We really don't get Conner out much during this time of year though! It is just safer for him! I pray that all of your families are staying well also!! 

Two more prayer request for you. My step-mom, Donna, fell in a parking lot a couple of weeks ago and broke her knee cap. They were afraid they may have to do surgery, but they told her last week she doesn't have to have surgery. But she is in a brace and having to do therapy. The way they have her leg in the knee brace, she can't really get around or do much! She has several more weeks having to go through this! Please be praying for her to have a quicker healing than they expect!! I know she is tired of being down!! Also please continue to pray for my mom! Her and my step-dad's anniversary would have been last Friday! She is a very strong lady and is doing okay, but she still has a lot of heartache! Our whole family does! Life is different without having Pa around! Our family has definitely had our fair share in losses and health issues! We all need a break from these issues! I know I say this all the time, but I am so thankful that God has placed so many amazing prayer warriors on our side! Thank you for always praying for our needs!! I hope everyone is staying healthy and having a wonderful week. We love all of you! 

Robbin, Sonya, and Conner 
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Somer Wilson
By Somer Wilson
Thank you for your strong faith in God... It's beautiful... continue to shine bright. I will pray for your family and I know God will hold you tight. God bless your beautiful family.
Patricia McClead
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I plead the blood of Jesus over Conner so he does not pick up any sicknesses. Thank You Lord for all his caregivers and medical help. Bless the Drs with wisdom and keep this family well. In Jesus name I pray!