Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Year Later

Friends & Family~

It has been awhile since I have posted on here (nearly a year). I have wanted to post updates over the past year but could not find the time to sit down and do it. I am finding the time now though. Better late than never...right?

As many of you know, our family has been through a lot over the past year. Last year in November when my friend Katie started this blog for us, it was our first visit to Houston with Cal. We had taken Cal to Houston for a second opinion. We were trying to find out what was causing his problems (seizures, no tone, etc.). We had definitely gone to the right place because the doctors we found in Houston were definitely devoted to finding what was wrong with our sweet boy. And that they did. After many tests in November and a muscle biopsy in January, our diagnosis came in February...mitochondrial disorder. It is not what we wanted to hear but we believe in a God who heals and continued to pray for healing for Cal. We wound up in the hospital again in May. We were there for two weeks. During that time, Cal had another MRI done. The results this time showed "spots" developing on his brain which led the doctor to diagnose Cal even further...Leigh's Syndrome. The doctor was very sensitive to our feelings but at the same time very honest. She told us that it seemed to be progressing quickly and that it was terminal. This is not what any parent wants to hear about their son or daughter! It was out of our control though, and once again, we continued to pray for healing. While we were there in May, Cal also had a "G" button put in. It is our way to feed him and give him his medicines. Once home from the hospital, we continued to try and feed him bottles. However, he can no longer eat by mouth and takes everything through his button. In June, we went back to Houston for a sleep study. Cal has a very difficult time sleeping at night. We were trying to figure out if there was something causing him not to sleep. The result came back that he was having trouble breathing at night. So, they ordered us oxygen for him at night. He fights it though and does not like it at all. We just recently went down for a second sleep study a week ago. This time they put a bi-pap machine on him. The pulmonologist seemed to think this would help him sleep better than just the oxygen. We were hopeful but it turned out to be awful! He cried all night. We are still fighting the sleep battle. He is starting to have nights were he will sleep all night but not consistently yet.

We are back home now and enjoying every minute that we have together. Marcus is in his last year of law school, and I could not be more proud of him. He is a wonderful dad and husband. I am still teaching. I love it but wish I could stay home with my sweet baby.

We appreciate the continued prayers, love, and support. Even though I haven't posted in a year, I know many of you have not stopped praying for Cal. We serve a loving
God and believe in His healing and know that he performs miracles every day.



  1. Thank you so much for sharing your heart w/ me. I am still "standing in the gap" for you as I lift you up to our gracious Heavenly Father and the Great Physician. Love to all, Robin K.

  2. What a beautiful photo of your family! Thank you so much for sharing. We love you all and are praying for you.


  3. Hey Hanna Family,
    First I would also like to thank Katie for this beautiful gift!! I have learned so much about faith through yall Court, and as hard as it is for me to wrap my head around all this, not only for Cal but for you and Marcus as well, I strongly believe that our Lord is hearing our prayers!! I pray every night for Cal's strength, and in my heart I know he will get stronger. I am so proud of you and Marcus, yall are just the most amazing parents. I love yall very much!!!

  4. Cal and all of his family are in our heart and prayers. He is a beautiful, handsome baby. His eyes are as large as the moon and as brown as the color of a piece of Hershey's chocolate. His lashes are long and curl upward like they are always having a personal conversation with the Lord. His skin is soft and pure like fresh fallen snow. Did I mention that he is beautiful? God made this special child for us to pray for and love. I believe in the power of prayer because I have seen miracles happen. I pray to God that this child be healed.

  5. Courtney,

    Based on my on personal life experiences, I truly believe that God will not put more on you than you can withstand. Cal is such a beautiful baby that has a part of both you and Marcus in him. I have know you a long time and you are a strong individual with lots of fight in you. I pray that Cal gets that trait from you more than anything else. The picture of the three of you is just breathtaking. I pray for you, Marcus, Cal and your sweet mom and dad. Love you all very much.