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Timeless Love

"True Survivors"
Dedicated to My loving husband

Submitted by Nancy

My husband and I met in elementary school and I told my mother that one day I was going to marry him and have 2 children. She laughed and shrugged it off as a childish remark from a typical sixth-grader. We dated all throughout high-school and upon graduating, he was drafted into the military.

In 1966, he joined the United States Marines Corp and was sent to Vietnam. I was heartbroken because our plans to marry had to be put on hold until his return from war. My fear that he would not return home to me was the hardest to deal with as we said our goodbyes. He wrote letters and sent pictures to me as often as he could. I remember checking the mailbox everyday for a letter from him. We had never been apart from each other since we were children. I felt that a piece of me was missing when he left for Vietnam. He served his country for 13 long months and was wounded in battle. He was hospitalized and returned home with two purple hearts. I will never forget the first time I saw him again. I was so thankful that he had returned home to me. I felt whole again the minute I was in his arms again!

We could not wait any longer to get married so we made plans for the next day to visit the local courthouse and become husband and wife. We had no money and could not afford a wedding but we were rich with love! That was the happiest day of my life marrying the man of my dreams. We had waited so long to be together. Of course we could not afford a honeymoon either, but that did not matter. We were together at last.

This July, we will be celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary. We have 2 beautiful children and 2 wonderful grand-children.

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic disease and I had to undergo 14 months of chemotherapy. My wonderful husband never left my side. He was my rock and my strength to get me through my weakest and darkest days. He took care of me and even when I felt the worst I had ever felt in my entire life, he made me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world with his love and encouragement. I completed my treatment and was cured from my illness.

Last December, my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. For the first time in his life, I saw the fear in his eyes. I quickly reminded him that nothing could come between us. Not war, not sickness, nothing. I became his strength and encouragement and he successfully overcame the cancer and recovered beautifully.

Looking back over the last 38 years together, I realized that we have had our share of obstacles and struggles, however we have always held on to each other and overcame whatever was in our way. We are true survivors to the end!

We have never been on a honey-moon and I would love to surprise my wonderful, loving husband with a Hawaiian vacation to celebrate our timeless love.

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