The Man I Married

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To have and to hold…in sickness and in health…for as long as we both shall live.

I’m sure when my husband spoke those words nineteen years ago he had no idea he’d have to deal with the “in sickness” part of it so early in our life together. We were both active-duty military, both strong-bodied and strong-willed.

Fast-forward about fourteen years, and everything started going haywire. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it was almost a relief. After a couple of years of worrisome symptoms and no answers, it was good to finally put a name to what was wrong with me. For about six months I was extremely ill and barely left the house, but he never once wavered in his commitment to me and to our marriage.

I’m happy to report that I’ve learned the things that help me live a fairly normal life now, but I still depend on him a lot. He helps me do the physical things I have trouble with and encourages me on days when I’m feeling sorry for myself. He makes me laugh and finds ways for us to have fun even though we can’t do all the outdoor activities we used to do.

I am beyond blessed to be married to my soulmate, my true love, the one who sticks by me in sickness and in health. We just celebrated nineteen years together, and I hope he knows how much I appreciate him.

Do you have someone in your life that supports you? I’d love to hear about them!






  1. I, too, am blessed with an amazing husband. We were married 12 years ago, I was 3 years into my ‘official diagnosis’ but 5 years since the catalyst for my fibro which was a car accident. This man knew me as a child, he says he remembers the day I was born, his mom and mine are best friends. He was my brother’s best friend all through school… as the story goes, one day the light went on and we started dating. I told him, “You drank the kool-aid” when you married me. I blogged about it too! “You drank the kool-aid” is on my blog, I tripped over a stone… Haha, nice to hear about your hubby and you! Love these kind of stories. Sincere congratulations on 19 years! ~Kim

    1. Thank you Kim, and thank you for sharing! It’s so sweet that you guys have such a long history, and that your lives were so intertwined even before you fell in love. Blessings to both of you! ~Terri

  2. Hi, Terri, it’s good to know that you have an amazing husband. I am blessed with one too and like you, I am also battling a newly-diagnosed diabetes condition and learning everything that I can about it. I’m thinking of writing about my journey with this condition someday so I can empower others who are also suffering. Anyway, thank you so much for the follow and I’m following you back. Regards!

    1. Thank you so much! I feel extremely blessed to have such a wonderful husband, and I’m always happy to hear that others do as well. Thanks also for following – I look forward to getting to know you!

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