Occupation – Labor and Delivery nurse at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
When were you diagnosed?
2009 stage 2 breast cancer
2013 stage 4 breast cancer
Treatment location? Bon Secours St. Mary’s hospital is where all my test, therapies and surgeries have been done
How was it found?
Found it by just accidentally rubbing chest one day
Do you have a family history of breast cancer?
As a woman what gives you your strength? Family, friends and my love (Kyle)
Briefly state in your own words something about yourself that you want people to know.
I am the biggest klutz ever! I love animals even thought I don’t have any. I am also obsessed with the turner classic movie channel.
Hi! My name is Courtney Webb. I am a 32 year-old Labor and Delivery nurse at the awesome Bon Secours St. Mary's hospital. I have worked there for 8 years, and I'm so proud to work with some of the best nurses and doctors! I am a daughter, sister, friend and also a SURVIVOR. I first found out I had stage 2 breast cancer in 2009, and I was shocked to say the least. There I was: 27 years old, no family history of breast cancer, and I thought to myself "this can not be happening". I was blessed though. I was introduced to the incredible Dr. Susan Schaffer!!! She is my own personal super hero! I'm so proud to not only be a nurse at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital but also a patient there. All my surgeries, tests, and treatments were at St. Mary's hospital. The care I receive there is impeccable! My co-workers, friends, and family rallied around me. Never before had I known just how many people truly loved and supported me. At that time, I had a partial mastectomy and three months of chemotherapy, followed by four months of radiation therapy every day, Monday through Friday. I was okay though. I was still able have a child one day, and from the time I was old enough to have a baby doll, all I wanted to be when I "grew up" was a wife and a mother. After getting through all that, I thought I was pretty dang strong! I started living life, enjoying every day, doing something each and every day that made me smile, spending more time with my family, becoming closer than ever with my girlfriends, and finally meeting the love of my life.
In October of 2013, my world was rocked for the second time. My annual breast MRI showed a thickening of my sternum. One chest & abdominal CT scan, bone scan, PET scan and bone biopsy later, I found out that my breast cancer was back and had metastasized to my bones. I now had stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in my sternum, left clavicular lymph node, T7 and L4 vertebra, and left ischial spine. The cancer was growing from my hormones. So, I made the difficult decision to give up my dream of ever carrying my own child - an especially difficult one, being a Labor & Delivery nurse. The stupendous Dr. Johnny Hyde removed my evil lady balls and bits (complete hysterectomy). I began taking a pill called Arimidex every night and getting a shot every four weeks to strengthen my bones. A follow-up PET scan this past January showed no trace of the mass in my lymph node, and the other baby aliens in my bones had already shrunken significantly! I was incredibly relieved and ecstatic to know for sure the treatment was working!
Through all of this, I have felt so insanely blessed! Never before had I ever known just how many people truly care for and support me. I look at everyday as a gift. I am extremely passionate about everything, which some people don't understand. But when you face cancer and come to realize how precious life is, you learn not to waste it.
My family, friends, and my love are what give me strength. I'm so lucky to have the most incredible family ever. My parents, sister, and brother-in-law have always been there for me through everything - holding my hand, supporting me, and giving me hope and courage. I would be lost without them! I have the most incredible group of friends who are always there for me, who make me laugh constantly, and always love me unconditionally for who I am. I could not ask for better friends! But the person who gives me the most strength is definitely the most amazing man in the world - Kyle. He makes me smile every day even on my darkest days. He builds me up, supports me, and loves me like no other. He is also there to talk me through my crazy moments (sometimes the anxiety can be overwhelming). He is my happy place and my heart. I feel blessed everyday to have such wonderful people in my life. I am insanely thankful for them.
I am beyond honored to have been chosen to be a celebration of life dancer for the Pink Tie Gala! Words can not express my gratitude to Susan for throwing such a magical and important event. THANK YOU!
Courtney A. Webb
One person CAN make a difference......be that person