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"in sickness and in health," Woman tells her touching Story which started after she got married at age 21

Woman tells her life story:

"Our Wedding Day, April 12, 1997. I was 21 & he was 23. When this man said "in sickness and in health," he meant it.  Over the last 20 years, he has been at my side through it all.

On October 11, 2000, we were in a life-altering car accident - just 3 years after our wedding (the story is in my profile if you'd like to read it), but it resulted in numerous surgeries for me over the next decade and a half, not even ending with the amputation of my lower right leg.

We had agreed when we began dating, that neither of us ever wanted to have children. When I turned 30, my biological clock changed its mind.
After some lengthy discussions, my husband agreed, and we had our daughter on May 11, 2008. 
Like most children, she is our joy, but also our heartache. She showed signs of having low muscle tone right away. Later, other issues would bring themselves to the fore. She never said "mommy" or "daddy" until she was nearly 4 years old. She has Apraxia of Speech, and is on the Autism Spectrum. But, as you can see, she is beautiful. She is very intelligent and is making huge progress.

Our daughter actually took this photo of us a few years ago.
This is after I had a partial hysterectomy and my gall bladder removed.

Family selfie, maybe 2 year ago

Today, April 12, 2017 ~ 20 years later.

But we still have a huge obstacle to face.
About a month ago, we found out that the reasons for my horrific, almost daily, headaches is a congenital defect in my skull called Chiari Malformation. Basically, my brain is too low in my skull and is being pinched by the bones of my skull and spine.
I see a neurosurgeon next month and it's very likely I will have brain surgery before the year is out. 
My mother has this and has had two brain surgeries, so we know a little about what to expect because of her experience.

Look at him. Still at my side, still smiling. Last night he told me I am still as beautiful as I was the day we met.
And he means that with his whole heart. I know. I've been his best friend for two decades, I can tell if he's not sincere.
Even so, from my perspective, I feel like I'm now old, one-legged, overweight and sick all the time.

But he doesn't see that, he sees his wife and best friend.

Life has thrown a LOT at two innocent kids from a couple of small towns with the world at their feet.
When he said "I do," he didn't know that meant terrifying accidents, massive injuries, a child with special needs that we were completely unprepared for, brain surgery, and so, so many things too numerous to list here.

My husband of 20 years still adores me. He is still at my side.

That, my friends, is what true love does. 
It lets you see the person you fell in love with, lets you love the person they've become, and motivates you to work harder than you've ever worked in your life, every moment of every day, to keep that love strong and true.

And they will live happily ever after.

The End."

Sincerely, i am really touched by this story. This is the true meaning of practical love.

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