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taken 8/4/07

Courtney and her kids

Courtney and her kids
taken 8/4/07

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Day 2 - Sunday, September 23, 2007

Today hasn't gone as expected or hoped. Courtney was supposed to have a minor surgical procedure to remove the failed PICC line. It appears that the PICC line either exited the vein instead of travelling through it, or never actually entered the vein. Dr. Young, the oncologist who visited her today, told us that she had never seen that happen before, neither had a surgeon that she spoke with. So, as Chris said, "Courtney remains being one in million." In any case, it's now 11:41 and were still waiting to hear from the surgeon. This is unfortuante, because we were hoping to have this done and past us, so we could bring the kids in to see her. Courtney wants more than anything else to be able to see her babies and spend a little time with them.

Last night Courtney's spirits were lifted by a wonderful priesthood blessing given to her by Bishop Jared Hall, Dan Perkins (whose family is doing a tremendous job taking care of our girls) and myself. In the Bible, James Chapter 5, versus 14-15 reads:
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let
them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and
the Lord shall raise him up;

Courtney believes in Jesus Christ and loves Him with all her heart, and believes in the power of prayer and His ability to heal. That faith together with the love of family and friends around her, as well as the knowledge and expertise of the medical staff, will see her to quick victory over this ugly disease.

Courtney just had a quick visit from a few of her close friends, specifically the ones who are helping with our kids at the moment. And while we're saddened to know that for the next few weeks they won’t be in her hands, it’s more than reassuring to know that they are in good, loving hands.

Today’s results from the doctors include:
White Blood Cells up slightly to 78,000Blasts 72% (which means % of white blood cells are blasts - 0 - 5 % is normal)Red Blood Cells samePlatelets sameBlood work shows that leukemia is AML type, but determination that it M 3 can't be made yet.

The surgeon just stopped in and indicated he would remove the PICC and put in a Hickman catheter at around 4:00 this afternoon. Although experience indicates this will mean around 6:00 or later, this is still good news. At least now we know that Courtney can see the kids shortly.

More news: Courtney’s brother in law, who’s in Afghanistan, sent word to Courtney that they haven’t found Bin Laden yet, but they’re still looking.


Emily R said...

Courtney, we are praying for you! I want to help, so i guess i will be making some calls. you are such a strong and wonderful awesome woman! you have lots of cheerleaders too. thanks for setting up this blog!

Amy said...

Courtney - Matt and I are also cheering for you from DC. We wish so much that we could be there for you and to help in any way possible, but I also know that you have an amazing support network and so much love around you. Take care!!

We love you so much!!!

Ruth said...

Courtney, my heart aches for you and your family right now. Our prayers are with you. Keep your spirits high! We are all here to help you in any way we can! Ruth Brann

Vicki said...

Courtney, I hope that you get to see the kids today. I know that you miss them very much and they you. You're such a good Mom. Hang in there. We are praying for you. Thanks for keeping us so well informed. Love, Vicki

Amie said...


We are sadden to hear of your devastating news. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Thanks for letting us know what is going on through this blog. Let us know if there is anything we can do for your family.

Love ,
Amie Howard

summer said...

courtney and todd......
i am soooooo lost for words. chris and my heart broke yesterday when i found out. i cant sleep. i cant think. i am praying for all of yall. i have always liked courtney. you can do this, sister. i want to be there for yall in anyway i can. i will watch your kids, your dog. what ever i can do. plese let me help. todd, please, please tell courtney i am thinking about her. that i am there in prayer and thought and however i can help.
-love, summer medrano

Chrissy said...

I love your optimism, and it really does make a difference. You two are a strong couple and a light to many. (Part of being strong is letting yourself cry when it feels too tough- and then relying on the Lord to make it bearable) We are praying for you often and I love Todd's expression that "every prayer makes a diffence".
We are with you!
Dave Chrissy Lizzy and Josh Oliveros

hacampbell said...

Courtney and Todd,
We will pray for you and help with kids/house, whatever you need. Please get good rest and remember all the beauty and strength you are made of.
Heather and Cyler

Leisha said...

Courtney...we will be praying big prayers for you and your precious family! Hang have an army of people willing to lift and help you in any way possible! Much Love...!!

Cheryl said...

I want you to know that we are here for you. You are constantly in our thoughts and Prayers. I know you will be able to fight this. You are one of the strongest people I know. Keep your dukes up! I know you can do it!
Cheryl, Cobi, Preston & Adyson.

Cheryl said...

I want you to know that we are here for you and your family. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. I know you can fight this! You are one of the strongest people I know!
Cheryl, Cobi, Preston & Adyson King

Susan said...

It warms my heart and provides so much comfort to see the number of wonderful friends who love and support Courtney (I'm her sister). I am thankful she has all of you to support and pray for her. As you know, we love her with all of our hearts-- she is strong, she is amazing and she will get through this.

I love you, Corky.


Sherry LeFils said...

Todd and Courtney,
You are not alone! Jesus loves you and is with you and your children! Jesus is there to bring you peace and carry you through! Prayer is of the utmost importance because even when you don't have the strength, the Holy Spirit is there to lift you up to Him! We love you! We will pray and lift you up every moment of every day. Our church family is praying for you too. I will contact Melissa for outside help for anything you need.
James, Sherry, Alexis and Kendyll

crys said...

courtney and family- reading your blog has brought back so many hard to recall memories. I know what it is like to have your life changed in an instant from cancer. I want you to know that I am thinking about you all the time and can't imagine how you feel, but I think I can get close. Zack and I know how important this time is to just be with your family to figure things out. Please know that if you have any random cancer questions we are here. I have a lot of stuff I could talk to you about that might help when you are ready. I am so sorry that this is happening. I know that it must be hard to think about having to go through such a long treatment schedule and the side effects that come from chemo. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you. I hope you can find the shining moments that will indeed come with this journey. Cancer just sucks. Love, Crys Aigner

John Wagner said...

Todd, Thank you for telling us on the CLL Forum that you set up this blog. I will be following Courtney's journey in this battle and I also promise to pray for her and your entire family. God will be with you every step of the way. I am sure your minds are about numb right now, but you have many people pulling for you. God Bless.


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