My whole life my mom has told me I was an easy baby. If you gave me food I was happy, well not much has changed I’m still pretty chill and I still really like to eat! Playing the drums, riding my bikes, and playing with my friends Rileigh, Elliot, and Anthony are some of my favorite things to do. Rileigh is my cousin we have been best friends since she was born (because I was born first) we always make each other laugh and love to hang out and act weird. I come from a huge family and have a lot of cousins. I have been told I have great hair and I have to say “I agree”. When I grow up I hope to be a famous cyclist and a Firefighter. I am already an honorary Folsom Firefighter and I love hanging out with the guys from station 35. Last year I accomplished my goal of playing football for the Folsom Bulldogs, it was an amazing experience and I hope to do it again next year.
I just recently realized at the age of 11 that my parents are really different from most parents. Like it’s not unusual to find my dad on a windy, rainy, stormy night riding his bike up the steepest hill he can find with a back pack full of rocks on his back! And my mom well she is just as strange, she honestly believes she can win every competition she enters! Like the time she was trying to prove to me that I can do anything if I put my mind to it so she entered Mrs. California…and she actually won! I have one big brother named Austin he is huge, he is almost 18 and he can seriously eat all day long, which kind of comes in handy when I don’t really like what we are having for dinner cause he will finish it for me. One time my Dad and I did a little test on him we were sitting in church and my dad said “watch if I just hand him something to eat without opening my hand he will just pop it in his mouth without looking at it” and guess what he just popped it in his mouth with out even so much as a glance. Once he even drank a raw egg when he was trying to be like Rocky. I have two sisters Savannah is 14 and Olivia is almost 6. Savannah is super skinny and I’m pretty proud of the fact that I weigh more than her and I’m 2 years younger. Savannah is pretty good at most sports which can kind of stink because I always have to work so hard to keep up but the day will come when I can totally beat her at everything (I think). Olivia is the spoiled baby of the family she is super cute so she pretty much gets whatever she wants. I have to admit I even fall prey to her cuteness at times and give her whatever she wants. Olivia is kind of the glue to our family she makes us all laugh and is always willing to give us a hug when we need it.
The whole reason I started this blog was because I hope that my personal struggles will inspire other kids (and maybe even adults) to live big, and DREAM BIG! Almost 5 years ago I went in for a physical to play football and my Doctor found that my spleen was extremely enlarged as well as my liver. I didn’t pass my physical and I didnt get to play football that year. It took almost a whole year to determine that I have a Liver Disease called Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis. It basically means that my liver has a lot of scar tissue in it and that I have to go through a lot of medical procedures. I’m not gonna lie I hate it but I refuse to let it get in the way of the things I want to do. In fact I use the disease to motivate me to do things that most people would never dream of doing especially if they had a health condition that continually landed them in the hospital and made them have a low blood count.
In the past 8 months I have been in and out of the hospital 6 times! I get my blood drawn every 2 weeks to keep a close eye on my internal bleeding and I get all sorts of alternative treatments. My mom asked me “what keeps you from feeling sorry for yourself Connor” and I really couldn’t answer her…I just choose not to plus it’s seriously not the worst thing in the world. I have a fantastic life, a great family, and I just bought a new road bike! So on this blog you will have the chance to follow me on my journey across America. This summer I am going to be the youngest person to ever complete Race Across America. I train a lot, and sometimes it is so fun I cant wait to get on my bike and sometimes I am so sick of it I hate to ride. I know that in order to accomplish amazing things you have to work hard and I am prepared to do it. I will be riding on a team of 8 people 3 of which are my uncle, my Dad and my mom. It’s a single stage race so I like to explain it as kind of like Survivor only with out the sleep. The other part of this adventure is I’m trying to raise $100,000 towards Organ Donation Awareness. Every time my family speaks about Organ Donation I realize how freaked out people are by it and if my story can hopefully open someones eye to the fact that it is about giving not taking maybe we can save some lives.
So that’s all I have to say for now but be sure to tune in regularly and watch cause I’m going to do my best to put a smile on your face every time you read this.