My story starts in a pool hall (Pool Table #8318) where I was a bartender (Martini Glass #2360), it is where I met my husband. It has been a long hard road, and we have been in and out of each other’s lives. When we met, he was married and I was in a relationship, years went by and I no longer saw him, and eventually the pool hall closed. I moved 50 miles away, and started working at the Flying J Truck Stop (Semi Truck #6389), and after about a month, my husband walked in. He flirted when he came by every night and within a month or so we were dating. I accepted a transfer to Florida (Florida Palm Tree #4674) and he moved with me. After about 5 months, we got married (Bride & Groom #3055), but the happiness did not last long as my husband had a bit of a drinking problem.

After 3 years, we divorced each other, although we both remained in the same area, but never ran into each other. He dated other women, and I dated one man for 3 years. Then out of the blue, we ran into each other again, and we had both just ended relationships. At the time, I needed a place to stay, so he opened his home (our old home) to me. Within the year, we had a baby boy (Baby Carriage #3209) and a year later we started our own Wrecker Service (Tow Truck #5384). Our relationship was better than it had ever been. We had no idea how much our love for each other (I Love You to the Moon #1535) would be tested in the years to come. In September 2015, our precious son, was diagnosed with Autism (Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece #2479), it was very hard to accept, but we dealt with it as a family and have been working very hard to get the therapy he needs to help him live a normal life. We were still dealing with that, and then in December 2015 my husband was diagnosed with Stage 5 Kidney Disease (Medical Symbol #5098) and I had to go through a great deal of training to be able to do his dialysis at home, so that he could try to live as normal a life as possible. He has had many tests and is trying to get a Kidney transplant at this time, as we have 4 possible donors ready to be tested. We went to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to have a transplant evaluation, and during routine testing they found 2 tumors in his left kidney. We had to travel back and forth for tests, doctors appointments and eventually a surgery to remove the left kidney. It was a stressful time, waiting to hear the results of the biopsy of his left kidney. As the doctor called with the news, it was surreal, he had not one but two kinds of cancer (#3801) in his kidney, and we were told he is lucky they got it, or it would have killed him. He is such an example to our son, showing him no matter what comes your way, if you are determined you can do anything. He recently bought a Harley Davidson motorcycle (Motorcycle #7748), which he thought he would never be able to ride again, and 4 weeks after his kidney removal, we were able to enjoy one of our favorite past times, attending the Daytona 500 (Checkered Racing Flags #8278) together. We are still waiting for his transplant, and we are pretty sure his sister (Special Sister #2957) will be donating her kidney. Moral of my story, no matter where our lives led us, it always seemed that we ended up in the same place. I am so proud to be his wife once again and we are convinced that we are soul mates and meant to be with each other. It is not easy, but marriage never is. We take the good with the bad, and know that no matter what, we will always have each other.

– Jennifer B., March Winner



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