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Second Chance Love

Love And Cancer
Dedicated to My Husband

Submitted by Anonymous

In March of 2002 I found a lump in my breast. My boyfriend and I had been together only a little over a year. He had moved into my apartment in September of 2001, 11 days before the terrorist attacks. We lived in New York City and watched the towers fall down from the rooftop of our apartment. After going through 9/11 we were re-traumatized when we found out that I had breast cancer.

As we left the doctor's office the day of my diagnosis we immediately talked of marriage. I don't know why it was one of the first things that came to our mind, but it struck us both instantly. We wanted to be together forever, and I guess we were afraid I could die before we had a chance to be united in marriage.

All throughout my treatment that included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, we planned our wedding and honeymoon. The only place I could think of going was Hawai'i. I imagined it to be the most beautiful, peaceful place in the world. When I was suffering ill effects of chemotherapy, I tried to let my thoughts focus on happier times in the future and beautiful beaches on the island of Hawai'i. Neither of us had ever been to Hawai'i, but we looked forward to a day when I would be free of cancer and we could run on the beach together.

The period of cancer treatment devastated us financially. We were so lucky with the help of our families to be able to have a small, lovely wedding but we were unable to afford a honeymoon. Because of all the stress we have had in the first years of our relationship, it's been difficult to recapture the romance. But I know that since I have come through my cancer treatment and everything seems to be okay, that we are being given a second chance at love. And I know that some day we will figure out a way to get to Hawai'i and run on the beach together, celebrating health and love.

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