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Patient of the Month - December 2011


December 2011 Patient of the Month

Konner
7 years old

 

Diagnosis:

Konner was found to suffer from Burkitt lymphoma in August 2010.

 

Konner's story:

Konner loved being outside from sun up to sun down, playing with his trucks, stomping in the dirt or kicking his football. But when summer came, Konner wanted to stay indoors more often, and he began to complain of frequent stomach aches. His parents worried that something was wrong because this definitely wasn’t normal behavior for their usually rambunctious little boy.

Konner’s pediatrician ordered blood work and X-rays, but the tests didn’t show any abnormalities. One weekend, when Konner felt especially bad, his parents took him to the emergency room. There, tests revealed a blockage of sorts in his abdomen, which led to the discovery of a mass. Konner’s parents were beside themselves.

Konner underwent surgery and doctors sent a portion of the mass to pathology. The results were devastating: Konner suffered from Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital immediately for his treatment and care.

 

At St. Jude:

At St. Jude, Konner received five rounds of chemotherapy. Even though his family was going through the most frightening experience of their lives, they found comfort at St. Jude. “A lot of people don’t realize that St. Jude not only takes care of the patient, but they take care of the whole family,” said Konner’s mom. “Emotionally, mentally, financially; they assist with all of that.”

Konner is now finished with treatment, and he returns to St. Jude for regular checkups. His parents are grateful for everything St. Jude has done for their family. “We felt relief when we got to St. Jude,” said Konner’s dad. “We were scared, but we felt a sense of calm. The hospital is just amazing.” Today, Konner is back to playing outside and running around. He’s in first grade and a fan of football. When he grows up, he wants to play football for Louisiana State University.

 

December 2011

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