Teen Finds Positive Way Forward After a Brain Cancer Diagnosis
Conner Johnson was a typical, sports-loving 13-year-old kid who started having episodes of double vision and headaches in fall 2015. Not thinking much of it at the time, his mom attributed Connor’s symptoms to adolescent growing pains, until one morning when Conner woke up with such an extreme headache that he vomited. Connor went to the doctor and received an MRI –the results were shocking. He had medulloblastoma, a stage-four, cancerous brain tumor and needed emergency surgery. Doctors told Connor’s parents that they didn’t know if he would survive the surgery, or that he may not be able to walk or talk again, depending on what nerves were cut. Connor did survive surgery and his oncologist worked with the Mayo team to create a successful treatment plan for his recovery.