This Gluten Free Love Story was lovingly submitted by yours truly
“I take you…to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.”
We took these vows almost 20 years ago. At the time, I thought they were just words to be spoken in the sense of tradition. In retrospect, they have been the backbone of our strong marriage.
We’ve had tons of “better” days and our share of “worse” days.
We’ve been blessed with being “rich” at times and we’ve dealt with being “poor” at other times.
And boy oh boy, have we experienced “sickness” and “health”.
And through it all, you have been the rock that has made our marriage not just survive, but thrive.
Let’s talk about the sickness and health part, shall we?
When I was diagnosed with cancer, you somehow kept your sh*t totally together and I got strength from that.
Six month’s later, you insisted I go to the doctor after a year of complaining about stomach pain. The diagnosis of celiac disease totally upended our world. Instead of letting it overwhelm you, you were laser-focused on learning what we needed to do “together” to keep me healthy. Celiac was not my disease…it was our disease.
And a year later, on a Sunday night, when I just didn’t feel “right” and I ignored your pleas to go to the emergency room, you spent the entire night poking me in my back to make sure I was still alive.
If that’s not love…I don’t know what is.
And because I finally listened to you the next day, went to the hospital and received my diagnosis of a pulmonary embolism, I am still here.
Mrs. Dude…I’m alive because of you.
Not just in the physical sense…but in my heart and in my soul.
You give me life…you give me joy…you give me goose bumps…and most of all, you give me love.
Pure, honest love.
And for that I am forever grateful…and I will ALWAYS love and cherish you…until death do us part.
Happy Valentine’s Day (do I still have to get you a card??)
But you and I know what this world can do.
So let’s make our steps clear so the other may see.
I’ll wait for you…should I fall behind wait for me.
– Bruce Springsteen