My Story

This website is for everyone in the extended circle of friends/family of the Smiths and Lambiottes to keep updated on Noel's battle with brain cancer. Noel, Hannah, baby Emma, and fur-baby Ozzie are grateful for your kindness and love. We've all appreciated your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement over the course of this journey. Thanks so much for being part of our lives. 



Noel's journey began on June 12, 2008 when he had a series of three seizures followed by excruciating headaches. Hannah took him to the emergency room to learn some devastating news. Noel had a mass on his brain and would go through a surgery/biopsy three short days later to determine what the mass was.

He came through the surgery but they were later told they would be leaving for Houston to see some neurospecialists at one of the best cancer hospitals in the country. When they left for Houston, they knew it was a tumor but they didn't find out it was malignant until they met with the doctors at MD Anderson.

Noel underwent several scans and procedures to prepare for an incredibly invasive brain surgery where the doctors were able to remove about 65% of the tumor. After further analysis, the doctors told Hannah and Noel that he was fighting a stage 3 anaplastic astrocytoma.

He pulled through the surgery fine, and after recovery underwent radiation and chemotherapy that began on July 28, 2008.

His recovery was deemed sufficient for "remission" classification until late May, 2010 when a routine MRI checkup at MD Anderson in Houston discovered a new growth. A craniotomy on the new tumor in June discovered that it was a Grade IV glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Noel began a hardcore medical regimen on July 26 to combat the aggressiveness of the GBM and hopefully restore some of his deteriorating motor function.  

The chemo infusions (Avastin & CPT-11) achieved moderate success on the new growth, reducing the tumor's size by 75%. However, on Friday, September 17, Noel began struggling with mobility and nausea while at home, to the point that he was hospitalized. A CT-scan revealed a mid-line shift, where the right hemisphere of his brain had swelled into the left side. The doctors announced that little more could be done medically to fight the cancer, so with heavy hearts the family had Noel transferred to hospice care in Springdale, AR on Monday, Sept. 20.

Family and friends have visited Noel & Hannah at the hospice every day for over two weeks now, and Noel proves he is still a fighter. Hannah is in her third trimester of pregnancy, with baby Emma due on November 9. The conclusion of this journey remains a mystery, but the families both trust in God.   

Hannah and Noel have had to go through the stuff that people at their age aren't supposed to go through. Their days have been full of waiting on doctors updates, MRIs, radiation, chemo, injections, and infusions. Through all of this, they both remain incredibly strong and firm of faith.

Hannah and Noel want to say thank you to each and every one of you for your continued prayers and support.

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Noel Smith posted a new journal entry.

Hey everyone: This is Hannah. Tonight I post with some awful news. No doubt all of you who followed Noel's CaringBridge journal the past two and a half years have come to ... Read more

Dee Graves signed Noel's Guestbook.

Dearest Hannah, Our love and prayers go to Jimmy and his family over such a sudden and heart rending loss. I (Dee) will put them in my nightly prayers.  Thank you so ... Read more

Laura Luke signed Noel's Guestbook.

Hannah, I'm sorry to hear that your friend, Jimmy, has lost his father. It's never easy to lose a parent.  I know he has been a tremendous support to you and so very ... Read more

Noel Smith posted a new journal entry.

Hey everyone: This is Hannah. Tonight I post with some awful news. No doubt all of you who followed Noel's CaringBridge journal the past two and a half years have come to ... Read more

Judy Rucker signed Noel's Guestbook.

Dear Hannah, Thank you for the information on the College Savings Plan for little Hannah. Your Uncle Randy and I (did you and Hannah know you have an Uncle Randy & ... Read more

Noel Smith posted a new journal entry.

Hello everyone,This is Hannah. I'd like to express my sincere appreciation to Jimmy for organizing the amazing memorial and celebration of Noel's life that was held this ... Read more

Noel Smith posted a new journal entry.

Friends,I hope that many of you will be able to join us in Chattanooga for Noel's Memorial Service at the Baylor School Chapel on Saturday, November 27. The service will ... Read more

Noel Smith posted a new journal entry.

Friends, I hope that many of you will be able to join us in Chattanooga for Noel's Memorial Service at the Baylor School Chapel on Saturday, November 27. The service will ... Read more

Noel Smith posted a new journal entry.

Friends, Family: REJOICE!We are thrilled to announce the birth of Emma Arlene Smith, delivered into the world at 6:43pm CST on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, by a jubilant ... Read more

Noel Smith posted a new journal entry.

Hello everyone, This is Hannah. As many have told me throughout this journey and especially the past few days, there are no words, at least none that I have to offer for ... Read more

Noel Smith posted a new journal entry.

Many thanks to everyone who attended the funeral at St. Paul's on Thursday, as well as the subsequent reception at the Lambiottes' house. It was a very moving occasion, ... Read more

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