MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (WUSA) – A Maryland mother of five with terminal cancer is preparing her family for her death.
Kourtni Smith is also using her diagnosis to raise awareness and said she wants her story to be an example for other women who might be afraid of going to the doctor.
Smith was diagnosed with stage 3 invasive lobular carcinoma in 2021. In April of this year, he was diagnosed with stage 4 invasive lobular carcinoma.
Just three weeks ago, doctors told him the cancer was in his brain and he only had months to live.
Smith is now focused on making memories with his family and planning for the end.
Smith’s cancer diagnosis was discovered after she noticed a lump in her breast. When her baby was born, she realized she was unable to produce milk and eventually sought medical attention.
She said it took her so long to seek medical attention out of fear.
“Obviously I was chosen for something. And I feel like now I can save someone’s life,” Smith said. “Here I am, only 34 years old and I’m dying, you know, because I was afraid to go to the doctor.”
Smith underwent three rounds of chemotherapy and radiation and recently spent three weeks in palliative care.
Doctors now keep her comfortable with painkillers.
Smith said she leaves behind her husband and five children, ages 16, 14, 12, 9 and 2.
“I would like them to know that I love them and I love them so much that I would take any measures, any drastic measures, to make sure they are okay. Even beyond the grave,” she said.
Smith created a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses. She is also working on a children’s book which she will leave to her young son.
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