“After it was confirmed as leukaemia of ambiguous lineage, which is rare, they said it was treatable but your mind goes to the worst case. And when they said I might not be able to have kids, I got upset, and there were lots of people in the room. There was so much to take in.
“I started chemo and then it got changed to a stronger one – I had side effects like indigestion and thinking I might be losing my eyesight."
In the same month that Courtney was diagnosed, he found out that Lauren was pregnant. After visiting a sperm bank, because he feared the impact chemotherapy would have on his fertility, the news came as a welcome surprise but the couple worried for the health of their baby as it was conceived while he was ill.
They also had to endure periods of separation, including when Courtney was left fighting for his life with a sepsis infection that made it too dangerous for Lauren and their unborn baby to be near him.
“After that, I was lined up to have a bone marrow transplant and my brother Luther was my donor. That took place in May and thankfully had a good recovery and did not pick up any infection and my body accepted the cells well.