Cortney is a hardworking wife and mother of three beautiful girls aged 12, 5 and 1. In April of 2015, Cortney had her first medical scare when she was hospitalized with what, at the time, she was told was a UTI, bladder & kidney infections and pneumonia. She was put in CCU for a week and was released with very little answers except, the instructions to receive daily IV antibiotics through a port in her arm for 30 days. This seemed to help, however, she still continued to have bouts of pain and blood in the urine. During this time, Cortney also found out she was being blessed with a new baby! So of course, her issues were put aside to focus on the baby. Shortly after the birth of her youngest daughter, Cortney started experiencing even worse bouts of severe pain, reoccurring kidney infections, bleeding. and blood in the urine. She also experienced weight loss and exhaustion. After months of being seen by different specialists and misdiagnoses, Cortney was finally diagnosed with LPHS in May of 2017. (Loin Pain Hematura Syndrome) LPHS is a non life threatening disease that severely affects the quality of life of the patient. Living with this disease means living with chronic and constant pain in the back, stomach and pelvis areas, constant bleeding, as well as reoccurring kidney and bladder infections and overall poor health. Their is no known cure for this condition. The only attainable relief that is currently being offered is pain management medication. Pain medication treatment is not cohesive with Cortney's lifestyle as a busy mom working a full time job. For long term relief, there is a trial procedure that patients are recommended to undergo. This is a Kidney Autotransplant Surgery. Cortney's Nephrologist theorizes that this procedure would possibly cure the symptoms and disease. There are only three known cases of LPHS in Georgia, so there is very little knowledge of successful treatment. Cortney has been put in touch with one other woman that has been plagued with the same disease and is also working to receive the transplant. For Cortney to go through with the procedure, she would first most likely be put on a wait list. She would then have to travel to Utah, the only state that is currenlty FDA approved for this procedure, for the transplant and recovery period. Cortney does have insurance that will cover a portion of the transplant surgery and medications. Her family will however, have to come up with funds to cover the remaining medical balance, travel costs and lost wages while she is out for recovery. Cortney is one of the most compassionate people I know and is a natural giver to all causes. She deserves a chance to have a good quality of life. Please help us help Cortney regain her quality of life. She is a young mother and her children need her healthy! Our goal is $20,000. Any amount will help. Thank you for your support!
"Date Night" April 4, 2015