One Year Later – Hope And Thankfulness

If you had told me one year ago that I would be in a relationship with a girl who I had met at a Halloween party back in 2007, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.

If you had told me that about 6 months into the relationship, she would’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, I definitely wouldn’t have believed you.

Yet, here we are, still standing.


I’m writing this on our one year anniversary. It’s an anniversary that symbolizes more than just time together. It symbolizes strength, hope, and perseverance.

And, it just happens to land during the time of year when we are all reminded to be thankful for what we have.

This year, I’m thankful that chemotherapy is behind us, and that Margot has remained strong, positive, witty, and funny – through the whole process. Surgery is next, and then radiation, and then – back to a normal life.

It certainly hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows, and it definitely hasn’t been your normal first year in a relationship, but it has changed and strengthened us both.


We make sure to enjoy the good times and to understand that the not-so-good times, are only temporary. I think that this is the key to maintaining sanity during extended challenges in life.

The fact that nobody can tell which photo(s) in this article were taken during Margot’s treatment, is a testament to how gracefully she has handled what devastates some peoples’ lives. We are thankful for her great attitude (and genetics) that has allowed this to happen.

Never give up hope, and never allow your circumstances to dictate your destiny.

Live your life the way you decide to – it’s the only one you get.


Happy anniversary sweetcheeks. 🙂

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7 thoughts on “One Year Later – Hope And Thankfulness

  1. Happy anniversary! She sounds like a strong woman, and I’m sure she is grateful to have you by her side through everything. It takes a strong man to go through that as well. Prayers for you both!

    My fiance and I’s 2 year dating anniversary is tomorrow. It’s really a great time for anniversaries! 🙂 All the love and thankfulness just warms my little heart!

  2. What a wonderful testimate to love, devotion and faith. You both will be in my prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

  3. Congratulations:D That’s really special. Thoughts and prayers to you both! Life hands out some funny cards sometimes, but it’s all about how YOU decide to play them that matters. I celebrated 6 months of life post spinal cord injury yesterday, and even though things are different now, they can still be awesome:D

    Best wishes to you both!

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