Samantha and I have been together for almost five years now and have spent the last eight and half months of them being married. She truly is an amazing woman. She is the most loyal person I have ever met, her heart is so pure and kind, and she really is the first thing I think of in the morning and the and last thing I think of at night. I considered myself the luckiest guy in the world when she agreed to marry me last summer. Although these first eight months of our marriage have brought on an unusual amount of difficult tests and decisions, the one constant has been our love for one another and our commitment to putting Christ at the center of our marriage.
Samantha is now a 22-year old wife with a husband that has cancer, and she has been absolutely amazing. I do not know where I would be without her. I honestly believe that she has the hardest position in this whole ordeal. Being the one with cancer, I feel that I have some control over the situation, but she is forced to sit on the sidelines and help in other ways. I thank God daily that He gave me this cancer over Samantha because I would not have been able to handle the situation half as well as she did knowing her spouse was sick. Although I hate to admit it, Samantha is tougher than I am. She has gone through so much in her life, and continues to put on a brave face and take each day in stride. Her relationship with God is inspiring to me and it is amazing to watch it grow through this whole process.
In short, Samantha is the principle reason that I am fighting this cancer so hard. Although I love my family, friends and just enjoying life, I honestly cannot imagine leaving her after just such a short time together. God has just started our lives together and I truly believe that there is much more to our story.
Fast-forward five years and here we are in 2014. Countless things have changed about our lives and in countless ways we have grown together. Andrew is still kind, funny, and caring; he’s still everything I fell in love with. But Andrew isn’t the same tall, lanky high school boy anymore. Andrew is the strongest man I’ve ever known. He’s good- to the absolute core. I wish I had the words to describe that further, but he’s just a good person through and through. He makes every single person around him a better person, a happier person. He makes me better every single day. He is everything he used to be, but has grown into everything I’ve needed in a friend, a husband, and a brother in Christ. The way he has tackled this cancer diagnosis has truly been the most inspiring thing that I have ever seen. The day we received the official diagnosis, Andrew blew me away with his strength and faith when he said, “No matter what it was, I was going to give it 100% and fight it just as hard.” And with one full month of countless medications and chemotherapy treatments in him, he still maintains a positive and uplifting outlook. Andrew never complains and he never wishes this burden wasn’t his to bear. In all of this madness, he still worries about me the most and still reminds me daily of how loved I am. He is just selfless, completely selfless. I feel so blessed to be Andrew’s wife. What a blessing it has been to be able to serve him daily; every single day I get to SHOW him how much I love him. I tell him over and over again each day, every day, but to be able to shower him with daily love in servanthood has been an incredible gift. I am the absolute luckiest woman on earth to have this man as my husband and I cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives growing together and loving each other more and more every day.