My Sister, My Inspiration Written by 17-year-old Megan, in memory of her sister Courtney
My little sister, Courtney, was a typical 9-year-old girl. She loved animals, dolls, playing outside and spending time with her family. We both enjoyed playing violin together. She also enjoyed reading Junie B. Jones books and collecting Care Bears. Courtney had a hilarious personality and we always had a lot of fun together.
In April 2010, Courtney started experiencing double-vision, muscle weakness, difficulty eating and slurred speech. On April 19th she was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a tumor in the brain stem. Our lives would never be the same.
The only medical treatments available were steroids, six weeks of radiation, and chemotherapy. None of these treatments had ever shown long-term success. In a desperate attempt to save her life, Courtney endured all these treatments and also took herbal supplements. Nevertheless, she continued to deteriorate daily, losing all her basic motor skills. Through all of this, Courtney showed strength, courage and faith. She accepted this was God’s plan for her life and lived every day to the fullest. October 6th we found out her tumor had begun to grow again. We were told we only had a few weeks left with her. Courtney died October 31, 2010, only six months and twelve days after her diagnosis.
Courtney will always be my hero. She showed me how to live life, taught me I could have strength and faith I never thought possible, and how to smile in difficult times. Courtney was a true inspiration.