Right now, my thoughts are with an online friend, Mike, and his family. Mike is a fellow sailor, and I know him through one of the sailing forums I participate on. While I’ve never met Courtney, or her family, I have spoken and corresponded with them over the past year.
His daughter Courtney is a very brave young woman. She is battling metastic breast cancer, and, just this past week, successfully underwent a very dangerous operation to fuse several of her vertebrae together, including the C1 vertebra. These vertebra have been damaged by the cancer and the various treatments she has undergone.
I am hoping that the next round of chemotherapy goes better than the previous round. Courtney reminds me much of Gee, especially in her determination not to let her battle with cancer consume her. She has a great support network in terms of her family and I wish them all the best. If you are reading this, please keep Courtney and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Courtney—if you get a chance to read this, know that my thoughts and prayers and those of my friends and family are with you and your family. Having been through something similar with Gee and her illness, I sympathize and empathize with you and your family. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Your father has my cell phone number.