Personally, this is not something that I would normally do, but I find that I am going to do this anyway with the support and encouragement of my children, Ashley (21, who lives out of the home) Whitney (20, who is now coming back home), Megan (16), Cullen (15), and Jason (5). First let me tell you about myself and my wife.
Lynette and I met in 2010. She was recently separated with children, and I was basically new to Jacksonville. She actually came up to me to try to set me up with one of her girlfriends. Suffice it to say, we hit it off. We eventually moved in together, and I became an automatic step-dad without actually being married.
During this time, I myself was in the middle of a pretty bitter custody battle for my son with the state of Massachusetts, who had taken him away from his neglectful mother. We fought the court system from 2010 to 2012, and in August of 2012, we were awarded temporary custody. On March 2013, the state of Massachusetts awarded us full custody of our now, five year old son, Jason. I will tell you that Lynette was instrumental in our amazing achievement of making our family whole.
On February 14th 2013, Lynette was admitted to Baptist Beaches for a Pulmonary Embolism to her left lower lobe. Thankfully, her amazing PCP caught this early enough, and they were able to dissolve the clot. As Lynette was very healthy and very active during this time, the healthiest she has ever been, her doctors wanted to find the cause of the PE. She was put through many diagnostic tests, including a mammogram.
On December 17th, Lynette went in for the mammogram and was called in for further diagnostic testing on December 31, 2013. January 2nd, 2014, Lynette was diagnosed with breast cancer. This woman, this amazing woman, my life, was diagnosed with breast cancer. As you can imagine, our lives were turned upside down.
As we had all ready been discussing the possibility of marriage, we opted to rush full steam ahead in this. On January 17th, 2014, surrounded by many of our friends and family, we were married under the twinkling lights of the night sky and were married in the most perfect of ceremonies performed by one of her most amazing and best friends. Not only was this a celebration of our uniting our love in marriage, it was a celebration of the support and love of our amazing family and friends.
Her Physicians have been very aggressive in this as the cancer had all ready spread into her lymph nodes. On 1/20/2014, she underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy with an axillary node dissection. Of the 15 lymph nodes that were taken, 4 of the lymph nodes were positive for cancer, which has staged her a little higher than we had hoped. Currently, my beautiful wife is under recovery at home, and is hoping to return to work soon as possible, as she is a bit of a workaholic. She plans to work during her next step of chemo therapy. After chemo, will be radiation, then reconstruction, and finally hormone treatment, in which we hope by that time, my wife will be given a cancer free diagnosis.
Sir, Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. I've had heroes that carried a football, kicked a soccer ball or swung a bat. My heroes have been my amazing father that raised me and my best friend, I named my son after, Presidents of the United States and Corpsmen that saved lives. But over the past 30 days, the strength, determination, and resiliency of my wife, Lynette, has been awe inspiring. Day after day, her courage to defeat breast cancer and nurturing attitude towards the children and I is humbling. She gives all she has to make sure she regains her health and strength while at the same time ensuring our children and our amazing granddaughter (1), Morrigan "Princess Twinkle Toes" have everything they want. I can't thank her and show my love enough. My newest hero is 5'2" and an inspiration. She is a fighter, and as she has told all of her family and friends, she will win this battle, and tells ALL THAT THEY WILL HEAR HER ROAR, as that is her motto now.
I know that you asked for a short story for the "cutest couple". I can tell you that we are not your youngest couple that will apply, and probably not the "cutest" couple of Jacksonville. But, I can tell you that we are a couple that have made it through a lot in our short time together. A couple should be judged by the love, support and the strength that they have for each other. And Sir, Lynette and I have this. There are many people in this world that can and will call themselves a couple, but they do not always make it. I have searched the my whole life over for a woman like Lynette, and I am thankful everyday that I was blessed to become her husband. I promise you that, WE will be that couple that will make it through the years because with each day our bond and our love grows stronger and stronger.