Former star athlete triumphs after accident that left her paralyzed

By Deangelo Mcdaniel

The Decatur Daily

Published: Sunday, March 30 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Courtney told her grandmother she thought he was cute, and the grandmother shared the conversation with Scott's mother.

For two weeks, Scott wrestled with whether to call the woman he said had a "million-dollar smile."

There were struggles in their courtship, primarily because Courtney was independent.

She refused to let Scott push her in her wheelchair. But when strangers approached, she allowed them to help.

"I thought people were looking at me and calling me a jerk because I wasn't helping her," he said.

After dating almost two years, Scott was ready to take the relationship to the next level, but he had questions, such as whether Courtney wanted children.

He said she had kept a lot of "personal stuff" from him, but, "I knew I was falling in love" and there were things they needed to talk about.

Convinced that nothing would tear them apart, Scott said he spent every penny he had to purchase an engagement ring and a dozen roses in the summer of 2002.

Nervously, he dropped rose petals from the entrance of the home of Courtney's aunt to her swimming pool, where he spread a blanket on the ground. He wanted to prepare a lunch but had no money left, even for "any kind of picnic food."

Of course, Courtney said yes. It would have been a scene fit for a romance novel but for the fact that Scott couldn't get the ring on her finger.

"She had those big knuckles from playing sports, and it just wouldn't go on," he said.

They married on June 14, 2003.

Eleven years and three children later, Courtney and Scott Boyll rarely notice her disability. Like most parents, their focus is the children. Life in their home is no different than most others, they believe.

"We all have problems and challenges," Courtney Boyll says. "You just see mine."

She said acquaintances still ask if she curses her fate, even if she blames God.

"I talk a lot to him, but I never ask why," she said. "Accidents happen, but God's plan for my life is still good."

Her husband saw that winning spirit the first time he met her. He still does.

"The human spirit will find a way to press on through the harsh and most cruel circumstances," Scott Boyll said. "My wife has. She's my best friend and the best thing that has ever happened to me. That's why it's so easy to love her."

Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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