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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 can't believe it is already February!!! Sorry I haven't updated in a while, but January literally just flew by! I hope everyone is having a great start to their year. I am thankful we didn't spend January in the hospital this year. Last year Conner had pancreatitis, and the year before that he had surgery to remove a kidney stone. He did start peeing blood again a couple of weeks ago. They are thinking he had one of two things happen. He either had a viral infection or he passed a stone. His urine culture came back clear of infection, so that is why they were leaning towards a viral infection. He also has one other issue going on, that I really don't want to go into a lot of details about right now, but we are just praying it goes away without having to have surgery. When we have more details about it, I will fill you all in on it. We will be talking with our Specialist in Dallas next Wednesday about this issue! He only works on Wednesday and Thursday. Other than that he really has been doing good. Even when he doesn't feel 100%, he still works so hard in therapy and school! He just simply amazes me! 

He is rocking and rolling in school. He has been doing good on all of his state testing we have to do, plus just his regular school work test. We have a communication device that he uses to answer the questions we ask him! I need to get a video of him doing it. It is by eye gazing, so he looks at the word that he wants to say! It is pretty amazing! Not to mention, it is just awesome to see that he is very intelligent and all there! It drives me crazy when people ask us if he is understanding what they are saying to him! Since he can't talk, people just assume he isn't mentally all there. I assure you though, he is 100% all there. 

Conner's Physical Therapist at Kennedy Krieger in Baltimore, has started the process of his case study! We are so excited about this!! I can't wait till she gets it done and starts submitting it. I just can't wait to see what God is going to do with his story! Kennedy Krieger is also sending some therapist to Houston, Texas in October. Conner's PT will be one of the therapist going. They are going to be showing Doctor's, Therapist, Scientist, and other people the type of therapy they do and how it is actually working on the patients. We will be taking Conner down to Houston for this. I have told some of his specialist about it and they are planning on being there for this. Conner's Neurosurgeon, is in the process of trying to get a rehab facility like Kennedy Krieger up and going in Dallas. I pray that he will get this accomplished, because Conner would benefit greatly from this!! 

We also finally got all of our Adam's Cape non-profit organization all finalized the end of last year. We are finally going to be able to start really launching Adam's Cape this year. We will be able to start applying for grants and really getting our fundraising going. We are just praying that God pours out his blessing's on this! Our mission is to help children and families with medical needs. We know first hand the financial burden it takes on a family, to have a child with medical issues! Until you are in that position, it is really hard to understand how much money it cost to take care of them! This has been on my heart for several years to start this non-profit organization and I am so grateful we finally are getting it going. We have an awesome group of board members, that are going above and beyond to make this a success!! Please be praying for God to bless this new journey we are on and that we not only get to help other families, but also get to witness to them the love of Jesus Christ! We have our website all done, but one final touch. So as soon as it is up and running, I will share the website with all of you. 

We hope and pray you are all staying well and having a great week! I know there is so much sickness going around right now! We have basically just been keeping Conner in and away from everyone! We love you all! Have a blessed day! 

Robbin, Sonya, and Conner