I want to make something clear. I am not a hopeless romantic. I do not believe in soul mates or any of that lovey-dovey mumbo jumbo hogwash. I don't think that two people are destined to meet, intended to fall in love, and predetermined to live happily ever after. With that being said, however, I do believe that sometimes someone stumbles into your life and makes a lasting impact. For me, that person is undoubtedly Brian Garcia.
If you know what it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer, you know that it's an onerous reality to come to grips with. It felt like the ground was collapsing from under me. For a moment I lost my footing and started to slip. Nonetheless, Brian was there to catch me. Instead of falling, I reached out and grabbed his extended hand. He pulled me up out of the rubble and helped build a platform for me to stand.
Thank you for staying strong for me and for holding your head up high when the forces of gravity try with all their might to pull it back down. Thank you for loving me unconditionally through sickness and health. Thank you for being a voice of reason. Your incredible sense of fortitude is profoundly grounding.
You've surely been thrown into the fire, but every day you show me how close we are to smothering it. Although this plain-old sucks that we have to go through this at a young age, I wouldn't have it any other way. This is our unique path. It's hectic. It's messy. But, it's tirelessly beautiful.
Years from now we will be able to ruminate on this experience and how it intensified our bond. We will have been to hell and back. We'll recall the bleak times, but we'll have a deeper sense of gratitude for the good ones.
I fell in love with you the moment I met you. I love you now, and I'll love you forever.
All my love,
Hi, I'm Lia. I have Hodgkin's lymphoma, but Hodgkin's lymphoma does not have me.