One month and one day after the beautiful video below was filmed, my husband's life was taken from him by a rare form of cancer called Synovial Sarcoma. For two years and 25 days, he fought for his life against this nasty disease, with me by his side every step of the way. And in all honesty, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I would give anything just to get one of our worst days back.
Josh and I met at a bar on Broadway in downtown Nashville. I was on a girl's trip, and Josh just so happened to be down in Nashville for the day to watch football with a few of his friends. Neither of us planned on falling in love with each other that day, but we did. There are some aspects in life that you just can't control; one of those is timing. It was clear from day one that we were placed in each others lives for a reason. It was only two short months after we met that Josh was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma of the lower abdomen. He had no idea why I wasn't running as fast as I could in the opposite direction after hearing his diagnosis. The truth is, I knew what I had, and I wasn't going to let it go that easily.
It was inspiring to see that Josh had the most positive attitude from the beginning, and not once did he ever make me think he was going to let this "bump in the road," as Josh called it, get in the way of his life. Josh never lost at anything, and he definitely wasn't going to give up a W to cancer. Instead of letting this devastating news ruin the start of something extremely rare and beautiful, we decided to take a chance. I left everything I knew in Southern California to follow my heart, and Josh trusted me with his. By making the decision not to run from the things that scared us, we were fortunate to have an opportunity to experience something that most people go a lifetime never knowing.
We experienced the most selfless, extraordinary love. A love that was deeper and more unconditional than anything we had ever known. Having a constant reminder that life is short allowed us to never take our love for granted, and that was such a gift. For me, a love like that only happens once, and that is why I am grateful for every minute we spent together, as that time will forever be burned into my memory. I will never forget a single moment shared, and I will miss him every day until the day that we meet again.