The James Conner story hasn’t ended yet and won’t for some time. But for now this is the last I’ll talk about his diagnosis. Unless you are a Pitt fan who has been living beneath a rock for the last year you’ll know Conner has – had, let’s hope – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and just lately got the great news that after 12 chemo treatments the Docs did a cancer scan and Conner came up 100% negative. Yeah! for him, his Dr. and all Conner’s fans for the amazing support he received.
So it is good news all around. Here are a few links to stories on it… then we’ll turn our attention to football issues with Mr. Conner… which is what, I’m quite sure, he is doing also.
From DiPaola of the Trib-Review where he says this:
“Once the (chemo) port is out and (his chest) heals, he is free to do whatever he wants and engage in contact once practice starts back up,” Marks said. “There will be no restrictions.”
Conner, who worked out lightly with teammates during spring drills in March and April, said he should be physically ready to do everything when Pitt opens training camp in early August.
He said he did not lose weight during chemotherapy, actually gaining 5 pounds.
“Overall, he really tolerated it well,” said Marks, noting only a few times when Conner’s white blood count dipped.
“One of the more common side effects is fatigue, particularly toward the end of therapy. It was remarkable he was able to function, go to practice, go on the treadmill and remain as active as he did. Most folks are pretty wiped out by then.” (more…)