Til Death do Us Part
|5 years of marriage, and 8 years of
togetherness. Here’s to hoping for many more!
I was still suffering from the affects of my second surgery to rid my body of Ovarian Cancer, which had deeply rooted itself throughout my life, when I heard the sweetest words. The words were not new, they had been heard before, and they were definitely not glamorous. The voice was familiar but infused with a new inflection of concern.
A concerned tone was certainly not new since my Stage 4 Cancer diagnosis, as I had heard it many times when those I loved grappled with the realization of how things change in an instant. It’s the concern that comes natural when faced with the fragility of life, and realization no one is promised a chance to love those we care about forever..at least not here on Earth.
The voice I heard as I struggled to lay there was deep and handsomely gruff. As I heard this voice for maybe the millionth time it was in this moment I came to the full insight of just how lucky I was. I had not realized just how lucky I would become as I heard the voice first say ” I love you” and exchange the vows “I DO”, and ” In sickness and in health” .
Those commonly exchanged words, often said casually and with the hope that LOVE will be enough. They’re the type of words said with anticipation that there will be no testing of “poorer” , and God forbid” sickness”!
Hope and Love were not enough to avoid sickness in MY marriage, and most would consider my husband and I to be unlucky to face such a trial. There was a time where I would whole-heartedly agree we’d been dealt a forbidden “card”, but recently I’ve pondered if we are actually luckier than most. Through it all maybe we have become more aware of what we have to lose?
|The customary 1st dance
Going back to the night I heard that familiar voice, things were looking better or as I heard him say, “we are coming out of the woods, but for awhile it was touch and go”. My dearest friend from high school asked ” What can I do?”, and the voice replied, “When her belly hurts mint tea seems to help with the nausea, and she needs a straw to drink it with. Oh and one more thing she likes tea best with this much honey, and at night I give her a shot in the stomach at least for the next 30 days. She also needs a couple doses of Mira Lax and a Senna everyday, and I get up with her about every three hours to stay ahead of the pain. Don’t worry if you need to do something different she’ll let you know!”
|Benjamin and I on graduation day. Two days after a chemo infusion.
He always said he’d cry if I graduated with my Masters from OU!
God blessed me with a husband that not only knew what I needed as I faced an uphill battle with Cancer, but also stepped up in times of trouble. And certainly when I wasn’t so easy to love. Through Cancer I’ve learned that love is more than just words or a feeling. Love is defined through perseverance in times of trouble allowing for the opportunity to achieve deeper feelings that infuse our actions and reactions with love and kindness! It is not through richer, or better, or in health that we learn what it truly means to love and be loved. Instead, it is through trials that insistently test our strength and determination that we come out feeling like we have the love movies are based on!