One of my close friends, Courtney Tompson*, is almost completely handicapped. At 15, Courtney was a very active athlete at Wells High School, playing basketball, softball, and cheerleading.
An accident during a basketball game her freshman year broke her back.
Courtney had jumped to block a shot when a girl from the other team knocked her out of the way. Courtney landed flat on her back. Her doctors told her that this incident is likely what broke her spine.
But Courtney doesn’t let her back injury get her down.
“Besides the pain I deal with on a daily basis, my life is everything I dreamed it to be,” Courtney says.
Shortly after injuring her back, Courtney met her husband Nicholas*. She says that he forced her to look at her life in a positive light, rather than with negativity. They married in May and are planning on starting a family sometime soon.
In addition to the marriage, Courtney is also the manager of a copy center in Sanford. The owner, another family friend, will someday transfer the ownership to Courtney. Though her life isn’t going as she planned, Courtney loves where her it’s going.
During her first couple years of high school, Courtney was constantly surrounded by friends. After the accident, Courtney went from being very active to laying on the couch and watching television. Her friends stopped wanting to spend time with her and eventually faded into the background. Through this experience, she discovered who her true friends are. And she married one of them.
Courtney’s advice to those suffering with a similar injury is to never give up. She says that, though it may be hard, that someday you will find a solution. You just have to keep pushing.
*Names changed to protect identity