Friday, March 7, 2014

Courtney has hit her stride, so to speak, with both academics and social life this semester. She’s taking a heavy course load with the goal of pursuing nursing school after finishing at Asbury, and she continues to train with the volleyball team in hopes of working her way back onto the varsity squad. Though she still encounters some “what just happened here?” moments — for example, her story is widely known and sometimes discussed in class, without the other students’ awareness that Courtney, the very person they are discussing, is present — most of her activities are typical college-student fare.

And that might be one of the biggest miracles of all.

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There was the afternoon spent jumping at an indoor trampoline park ...

 

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... and the horseback riding class offered through Asbury's Equine Center ...

 

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... and another 5K Color Run. You know, no big deal.
Friday, December 20, 2013

Courtney has come a long way, figuratively and literally, since her life changed dramatically on Dec. 13, 2012. Here are her thoughts on the first anniversary of the accident:

“A year ago my life changed forever. I can't believe it's gone by so fast! I want to take the time to say ‘thank you’ to all of my friends, my family and mostly God! There's no way I would have made it through this without y'all!

“I never thought something so horrible would ever happen to me, but it's amazing what you can do and what you can make it through if you just trust in God! I can't wait to see what the future holds!! I love Lilly (my leg) and I wouldn’t change what happened to me for anything. It's made me realize there is so much in life to be thankful for, and so many people are worse off than me. I wouldn't be this far if it wasn’t for God. It's through Him that I continue to move forward. I'm becoming the person he wants me to be!”

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Monday, October 28, 2013

The group that gathered in the frosty morning air on Saturday was eclectic: lots of students, community members, people bundled up from nose to toes and people in sleek running outfits and minimal acknowledge of the temperature.

Danielle Rayman '14, Sarah Sterling '15, Courtney, Maddie Lewis '15 and Jessica Fraser '15 were part of the core planning team for the Walking in Faith 5k.
Danielle Rayman '14, Sarah Sterling '15, Courtney, Maddie Lewis '15 and Jessica Fraser '15 were part of the core planning team for the Walking in Faith 5k.

All came for the Walking in Faith 5k Run/Walk, a benefit event to help cover the costs associated with Courtney’s recovery. After a few opening remarks, Courtney took the mic to share about the accident and the decision to amputate, as well as to share a few new goals (varsity volleyball by Fall 2014).

Courtney%20speaks.jpgThe group walked together from Asbury’s campus to the course starting line a few blocks away. As the Wilmore police department handled traffic and cleared the route, the volleyball team formed a human starting line and counted down.

The race kicked off a busy schedule of Homecoming activities, including matches for the varsity and JV volleyball teams, but neither the early hour nor the prospect of a full day dimmed the chatter from walkers bringing up the rear.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Courtney and Sarah first met as high-school volleyball players, and during Courtney's freshman season, they became fast friends. Sarah actually witnessed Courtney's car accident and was the first person on the scene. (Click here to read more about her experience in the Summer 2013 issue of the Ambassador.) Here Sarah shares about Courtney's return to campus this fall.

Courtney%20and%20Sarah.jpgI have definitely enjoyed Courtney being back on campus. I missed her way too much last semester because we got so close. She has been coping well with being back on campus. At first, it took some getting used to class, homework, volleyball, and new friends, but she figured it all out fast. She set goals for the end of the semester and she has accomplished some of them and the others are still an on going process for her daily routine.

  1. To actually play competitive volleyball.
  2. Getting quicker- being able to move laterally
  3. Working on jumping higher off one leg

We have talked through the good and the bad days since she has been back at Asbury. Courtney never dwells on her hardships. She turns the difficult things into prayer and she realized that prayer is what keeps her going. When we hang out we always have so much fun together! We still share the same relationship since before the wreck and now. Watching her play competitively on the court makes me smile. I say to myself, “If that’s not motivating, then I don’t know what else is.” She has never given up on her dreams and I’m excited to see what her future holds.

Friday, September 6, 2013

In early September, Courtney arrived at the day she’d been working toward for nearly nine months: stepping back on the volleyball court in competition for Asbury University.

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It was one of those experiences that was both completely normal and radically different at the same time. The game remained the same as it has always been, a fast-paced pattern of blocks, digs and spikes. The net was no higher. The floor was no harder. The ball was just as round as it was last year.

volleyball%202.jpgBut although the game was the same, Courtney herself was different. She is still learning new ways to move, learning to trust the prosthetic to hold her up when she can’t feel it. It was a milestone, but everyday is a milestone in this new life.

volleyball%203.jpgCourtney began the season as a junior varsity player and continues to work toward regaining her varsity spot. For schedules and the latest volleyball news, visit http://www.asbury.edu/athletics/women/volleyball.

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