However, every once in a while, I will get a call that really touches me. It all started with a call from my cousin, Sue. Her grandson was getting married and she would really like to have me do the photos. She told me a little bit about Courtney and TJ and I knew that I could not say no. Here is their story.
And Two Shall Become One
It started out like almost every young couple’s story: school. My sister and TJ’s sister played volleyball together and that’s initially how we met. We went to high school together and got to know each other. Of course we were young, I was a Freshman and he was a Junior, so we didn’t know what to expect in a relationship. We had our “break-ups” and we would get back together. My Junior and Senior year we were inseparable.
In April 2015 we were planning for my last prom, picked out my dress and got his tux, oh and of course we were starting to look at houses. April 23 we found our dream home, just two days before prom.
Well there was a slight problem, TJ got a cardboard box cut from work and his hand swelled to the size of a golf ball. We thought it was staff, so they sent us to a hand specialist in Louisville to get it lanced so he could go to prom without having to worry about his hand hurting. I of course had school the next morning so his mom took him to Louisville while I went home.
I rushed to the hospital, when I get there he was on oxygen and his vitals were dangerously low. Everyone says as soon as I walked into the room his vitals started to come up, but who knows, maybe it was me telling God I couldn’t live without him.
For almost two weeks we battle and pray, hoping that TJ will go back to just having cancer, because cancer was no longer scary; what was scary was TJ not having an immune system and finding out he has a stage three flu and staff infection.
After his counts came up from the transplant we went home, but a few days after we arrived home TJ started to feel exhausted and was running a fever, we went to the hospital in fear of what happened the last time and found out he has GVHD (Graft Vs. Host Disease) from the transplant.
Our story isn’t your typical teenage story, we have been through a lot this past year; although, we wouldn’t change a thing. God has truly blessed us and made us stronger as man and wife. We truly owe it all to Him, because without Him there wouldn’t be a TJ and I wouldn’t be Mrs. Lucas. Our experience has made us who we are today and so very grateful for each other. So there you have it, two became one.
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