A Love Story

Well, friends.  The chemo honeymoon is over.  My latest scans showed growth in three of my tumors so it is time to go back on the drugs.  Disappointing, but not surprising. Those cancer cells are tricky, and cancer continues to suck.  I still feel fortunate to have a world class cancer hospital in my backyard and there are still treatments available.  But enough about cancer…it doesn’t deserve my time…instead, I would like to tell you a love story.

My husband, Mark, is my soulmate.  I know those words are cliche, but I knew I wanted to marry him on our very first date.  Lucky for me, he agreed.  I met Mark in 1992 at Worthingway Middle School.  Mark was teaching social studies and I was a substitute teacher.  I must say, he is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  He is my rock, my safe tree, my best friend, and the love of my life.  Our marriage has survived two kids, Mark’s life threatening skiing accident, the loss of both of our fathers in the same year, and now, cancer.

All of these things are hard. Raising kids, loss, illness.  I can’t imagine surviving any one of them without him.  He is truly my partner in life.  We face challenges together and are stronger because of it.  

People ask me how I remain positive, how I keep going, how I survive.  It is because the stars aligned and I met the right person at the right time.  That’s it.  I have amazing family and friends who support me.  But my Mark…he is my everything.  Enjoy the party, my friends.

10 thoughts on “A Love Story

  1. Love your love story. You and Mark are special – I’m so privileged to know you.. Hugs from the bottom of my heart are being sent here.

  2. Okay…..Now you’ve made me cry. I am so lucky to know you and Mark. You have taught me so much, and I am forever grateful. Yours is a life of great purpose—so glad you have the perfect person to do life with. Love you so so much! Thanks to you both—for everything!

  3. Your love story is a such beautiful one! Your Mark is a VERY special human. Hang in there Kristy, we’re praying for you. I’m back in chemo too, every 21 days until forever. Cancer sucks, but having a wonderful husband (and family) by my side makes the journey possible. Love and strength to you. x o

  4. So thankful for your beautiful love story, as it strengthens you and inspires others. Hugs and prayers!

  5. Love this so much ❤️ And that also means you substituted for me at Worthington when I was in 8th grade, sorry 😂😂😂

  6. I love your story! You are such a great couple! You continue on my prayer list, which allows me to also think of you both each day! 💜💜

  7. Kristy thank you for sharing your love story. I have colon cancer that has metastasized to my liver. I have therapy( I don’t like the word treatment for something that is so NOT a treat) every other week. I am considering interventional radiology. Did you do this? If you are up for it and would like to share your experience, I would very much appreciate it. Warm hugs and love to you and your beautiful family. Sarah

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