“When it comes to our wedding vows, I have a mountain to reflect on. The line “in sickness and in health” couldn’t be more of a reality to my husband John and I. We first met in the 7th grade in art club; for John it was love at first sight. We fell in love over the summer of our sophomore year in high school. Our first real date wasn’t until we were 17. Both of our parents agreed that John and I should wait to date, so John and I found loopholes. We purposefully got to school almost 45 minutes early just so we could sit in the library together. When you essentially grow together like John and I did, there was just no turning back. John and I, along with everyone who knew us, assumed we’d end up married sooner than later. They were right. John and I officially got engaged March 22nd at the infamous Georgia Aquarium. I was completely surprised, but at the same time it wasn’t unexpected. I had just come home from a week in Europe. The next day John begged to see me since he missed me so much. On one knee, he told me he didn’t know how he could live without me. I told him he wouldn’t have to ( and “YES!”). That was two months into his battle with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.
Our wedding day was the greatest day in my entire life. May 20th 2018 was such a blur. My favorite moment from our wedding day – as I was walking down the aisle with my father, I could feel this unseen transition. I noticed my dad and my soon to be husband tearing up as I ascended. Unspoken, yet they knew it and felt it, I was truly being given away. After a long evening of celebrating one another, he was so excited to whisk me away. We strolled under a canopy of sparklers as they were waved around by our guests. It was all in slow-motion. We had one final kiss to appease the crowd of people who loved us and wanted us to see success and many years together. We both felt like we were walking into the next chapter of our lives together.
We’ve been married for almost 10 months now, 6 months into our marriage, John’s cancer relapsed. I hope no one will ever experience the stress, suffering, and heart break we’ve gone through in not even our first year of marriage. The hardest and most rewarding part of marriage has been serving one another. I have put myself aside to take care of my husband, while simultaneously he is prioritizing his healing. But even on a larger scale, John and I have always gone out of our way to make sure there is balance. If we are both investing in one another, neither of u s will be left with wanting more. That’s what I love most about my husband; he still finds unique ways to serve and love me around the current limitations of being hospitalized for 3 weeks. We hold each other accountable for our character, and we challenge each other to better ourselves. We are each other’s greatest joy; despite the hardships we are facing and will eventually face, we couldn’t’ be happier.”