SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Courtney Moody's senior basketball season at Smithville High School is winding down, and she's thankful not only to be playing, but just walking.
Last summer, Moody was diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder, or FND.
Nothing was found wrong structurally with Courtney's brain, so she had to retrain herself to walk again, which required intense neurological physical therapy.
"It was very difficult. I had to really think about it," she said. "I had to say 'right foot,' and then my left foot, and just take it like very slow."
As Courtney's condition improved, she was determined to return to basketball, which wasn't easy.
"I was watching all the girls practice. I would come so I could get all the plays in my head, because I had forgotten them all," she said. "I left because I was like, 'I'm not gonna be able to play.' I was giving up and Coach (Brian McCollum) walked out with me and he told me not to give up.
"After that day, I just started walking around the house trying to make my brain tell me to walk straight again."
Although Courtney hasn't missed a game this season, she says she hasn't returned to normal.
"My headaches will get very bad sometimes, and I'll just go unresponsive," she said. "There's some games that I have to leave, (and) my dad has to carry me out because I can't walk sometimes, even after a game."
Throughout this ordeal, Courtney says her faith remains strong.
"When this happened, I didn't ever get really upset about it," she said. "Everybody kept saying, 'why aren't you doubting God during this time,' 'why aren't you saying, why me, God.'
"It's just kind of like, 'why not me,' because He died on the cross for us and this is the least that could happen to me."