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My Story

Courtney was born January 16, 2001. She was diagnosed with DIPG April 19, 2010. She was called home to Heaven October 31, 2010. Courtney was a peacemaker and was loved by everyone. She loved everybody. She was a very giving and unselfish child. She always had a ready smile and cheerful laugh. She enjoyed going to church, playing her violin and spending time with her family. She loved animals, dolls and anything miniature such as littlest pet shop. Throughout her illness she maintained a grace and poise beyond her years. She is greatly missed by her family, Mike (dad), LaNaye (mom), Andrea, Megan, Lauren, and Ryan. We take comfort in knowing that her pain is over and she is at home with our Lord.

On April 19th,2010 Courtney was diagnosed with a pontine glioma. This is a tumor that grows in the brain stem and is inoperable. It could not be biopsied because of the location. Prognosis is grim with an 7% survival rate at 2 years from diagnosis.

Dx: April 19th, 2010

Courtney was diagnosed at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama by Dr. Jeffrey Blount. Her oncologist was Dr. Alyssa Reddy.

April 19th, 2010-October 31, 2010
1. Radiation treatment at the Wallace Tumor Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. This consisted of 30 radiation treatments in 6 weeks (5 days a week).

2. A chemotherapy called Avastin (bevacizumab), that was given thru her port, bi-weekly during radiation therapy.
3. 80 mg. Temodar (temozolomide) given nightly for 42 days during radiation therapy.
4. We also gave her several herbal supplements. We took her to Rhonda Dial at Go Natural and had her tested for herbs to add to her diet to help improve her health. These included Paw Paw Reg Cell, Ruta 6, Calcera Phos., and Sanicle.
5. MRI on July 8, 2010 showed significant shrinkage.
6. August 2010-Treatment was stopped because she developed Aplastic Anemia.
7. MRI on October 6, 2010 showed that the tumor had started growing again.
8. Courtney passed away October 31, 2010.




L B posted a new journal entry, "3 Years Is a Long Time!".

Dear Courtney,     If I could talk to you today there are so many things I would have to tell you.      I would tell you about Dave and Andrea's wedding in ... Read more

Kim Vaughn signed Courtney's Guestbook.

Your letter to Courtney is beautiful....I know each of you miss her so strongly, and holds dear special memories of times shared together.  It's wonderful to read of the ... Read more

Brandon & Karen Hunnicutt signed Courtney's Guestbook.

I read your story sweet angel and through the tears I know that your life touched so many. I will smell of my children and remember. My husband battled cancer this past ... Read more

Nadine Snodgrass signed Courtney's Guestbook.

Courtney, when I think of you, I remember a beautiful little girl with a contagious smile. LaNaye, Mike and family, remembering you all today in prayer. Love you ... Read more

angie goodin signed Courtney's Guestbook.

Praying God continues to comfort you. When I think of Courtney I remember the picture of her with the baby rabbits. The gentleness she had for them was evident even ... Read more

Anita Cook signed Courtney's Guestbook.

It doesn't seem possible that it has been 3 years since Courtney earned her angel wings. I enjoy reading your updates. We are one day closer to meeting Jesus and joining ... Read more

jenn truitt signed Courtney's Guestbook.

That was a beautiful tribute LaNaye! Praying especially for you all this week!! Love you all!! Read more

Rita Reynolds signed Courtney's Guestbook.

My heart goes out to you. My prayers are with you. It will soon be a year since my Logan went to join Jesus in heaven (dec. 2) I am at a loss for words as it seems to hurt ... Read more

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