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"My husband and I celebrated 35 years of marriage in April 2016. We have had our ups and downs through the years, but with each trial we seem to grow stronger.

"Breast cancer is not our first challenge. Our first child developed mental illness and had to be hospitalized twice. Our third child was born with multiple disabilities and functions as a 1 year old. DH became disabled himself with an autoimmune disease that left him with stage IV lung and heart disease. Two summers ago he had open heart surgery. And then last summer we found out I had breast cancer.

"All the way through this experience DH has stood by my side. Sometimes he has stood in front of me, advocating for my care. Sometimes he stood behind me to catch me when I felt like I couldn't deal with one more complication. Sometimes DH stood beside me, to hold me up and make me feel loved when I felt so ugly and dried up. He arranged for friends to bring in food. He took over the laundry and paid the bills. He drove me to every appointment and took me to the ER when I got septic. He even picked out a smokin' hot blonde wig when I lost my hair.

"And now it is his turn. About a month ago DH was diagnosed with very aggressive prostate cancer. He had surgery 2 days ago to remove the prostate. He feels pretty bad, both physically and emotionally. We know that he is facing incontinence and ED. We know that there is a 40% chance that the path report will reveal a later stage cancer. But we will face it together, as we always do."

-- mustlovepoodles, committed since 1981

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