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connor’s Story

Connor was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called an ependymoma on October 17th 2007. He had several weeks of radiation. It has been a long journey for Connor and he keeps fighting to be stronger!

Connor has been adopted by the lacrosse team at Stony Brook University! thanks to the great program friends of Jaclyn! Go SeaWolves!

My name is Connor Christopher Mckean. I am eleven years old and have a older brother Ryan and younger sister Kailyn. Last year on October 17th 2007 I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called an ependymoma. I had surgery on October 25th and then had several weeks of imrt radiation.

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Cant believe it has been over a year since I have updated connors website.It has been a crazy year. The summer of 2010 for connor was great,he felt good and was having a great time with his friends, he started school in september and was doing excellent until the end of october. He woke up in the morning and complained of neck pain, i thought maybe he slept funny and he would be ok, i sent him back to bed and said just rest you will probably feel better later. Well i was wrong he woke up screaming he couldnt move, in extreme pain and very scared. We called the ambulance and rushed him to hospital. He was diagnosed with torticollis, a neurological disorder. It comes an goes, he suffers now from stiffness in his neck and pain down his arm, The only thing that relieves the pain is heat and motrinthat takes the edge off a little.He has been home since october being home schooled by our district. It stinks because then hes not seeing his friends and just not being a kid. It is just another reminder of what his life is like. i feel like when ever he starts to feel a little bit better he gets hit with something, Well we go for our mri and they see a cyst in his mouth, so we are sent to dental because they think its probably just an abscess. Well nothing ever is normal or easy for connor , he has to have it taken out and biopsied because it is not an abscess it is a cyst that is not from any infection in the mouth. The doctor says it was huge and now they will have to watch what goes on in his mouth, because it has messed with the bone and roots. But we are so thankful that is was benign. WE have been blessed with tumor free brain mris and that is such a beautiful thing, he still has the cysts in his spine but they have not grown, so that is good. We go back to chop the beginning of june for all our mris and tests so we are just praying that everything will be the same. I cant sleep until the mris are over and done and i have the results. mri  anxiety sucks.  We are working on his schdule for highschool next year. I am so scared for this, I dont know how it will  go, he still suffers from the fatigue, torticollis and has blackouts. He also has had s0me visual changes, which is new for him and stinks because he has alway been a visual learner. I just hope he will speak up and use the resources he is allowed. Thanks for all your prayers for connor and i will try to write more often.