In Sickness & In Health…

by Tammy Taylor

I remember speaking those words to my husband-to-be on our wedding day, and I remember him saying those same words back to me.  We weren’t merely repeating the words as the preacher prompted us, we both truly meant those vows to each other & to God.  Those who know us say that we’re like newlyweds even though we’ve been married for over 14 years & it’s true, his brown eyes still make my heart flutter.  But although It’s fun to be the cute couple at the church picnic or a quaint B&B that likes to hold hands and enjoys being together, it’s that ‘For Better or For Worse, In Sickness and In Health’ part that defines a true soulmate. We’ve had our share of life’s hardships over the years of course but we’ve gotten through each one of them together, side-by-side.  But some of those trials have been harder than others – one striking example was dealt to us this year, one of our most stressful challenges.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer – those horrible words no woman wants to hear.  But the experience has exposed many blessings, including real action to prove those sacred words ‘For Better Or For Worse’

In Sickness and In Health #TaylorMadeRanch

How blessed I am to have him in my life!  RancherMan was beside me at every diagnostic appointment, procedure & surgery as well as each & every follow-up visit with the many specialists afterward.  He told me one of his jobs was to hold my hand, and hold my hand he did!  You see, I’m just a *little* needle-shy but his hand was firmly grasping mine at each of those many episodes this year, calming and comforting me as only he can.

When the main surgery was over & the long recuperation began, that’s when he really began to shine.  He was solely responsible for running the ranch by himself while I was out of commission, what a huge task and yet never once a complaint from him.   And he was the most amazing, tender, unselfish caregiver I could have ever imagined.  He made sure I was comfortable, he made sure my prescriptions were filled and that I took them on time.  He made sure I ate right and slept as comfortably as I could.  He kept detailed records during my recovery for follow-up visits and he handled each & every insurance issue one-by-one as they came in.  He told me I had enough to worry with, I shouldn’t be worrying with insurance.  (smile)  I never had to ask for anything large or small, my needs were all met before I could ever ask!

If there’s a silver lining to all of this (and there IS) it’s that this terrible year has drawn us even closer.  I have so much admiration for his strength and love, and I appreciate him in ways I could have never imagined had I not gone through this.  His eyes still sparkle when he looks at me and with it’s with sincere love & devotion in his voice when he tells me it’s all been worth it because I’m still here with him.

Bliss! #TaylorMadeRanch

 

Thankfully, we’ve gotten one of the baddest of the bad ‘Or Worse’ times out of our way and we’re looking forward to many more ‘For Better’ days ahead… TOGETHER!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I used to shrug off all the ‘pink’ that shows up this time of year with all the breast cancer fundraisers, etc.   But it’s personal now.  Ladies, do those self exams, get your mammograms, protect your life because yes, even without a family history of breast cancer it CAN happen to you!

~TMR~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “In Sickness & In Health…

  1. Jackie

    Thank you for sharing this, I appreciate hearing about another couple that has been through thick and thin and come out on the thick if only in their love for each other. My husband and I have been through an amazing about of things together. We have always said no matter what. “Well we still have each other”. Hope you are feeling better and stronger. You go girl! Jackie

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    1. Taylor-Made RanchTaylor-Made Ranch Post author

      :) Thanks Jackie. Not sure what I’d do without him in my life, ‘For Better Or For Worse’ he’s always there right beside me! ~TMR~

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  2. Barbara Mc

    God Blessed you both for you have found something most people search a life time for! May God continue to bless you!

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    1. Taylor-Made RanchTaylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Awww Thank you Barbara. I’ve received so many blessings in my life I can’t count them all – but I do count RancherMan as one of my favorite blessings! ~TMR~

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  3. Marla

    What a inspiring story of true love. It does exist today just not as much as it should. I am so glad you beat the cancer and send my prayers. I have been married 25 years and it is the hard times that seem to make or break us. Glad you had RancherMan to help you through your ordeal. Sending my blessings. Visiting from Link Up Tuesday!

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    1. Taylor-Made RanchTaylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Marla – thank you so much for your kind words. You’re right, it seems to be the hard times that make or break relationships – I’m confident we stand on firm ground. Love it! Thanks so much for stopping by. ~TMR~

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  4. Tiffany

    Great post! Many people merely recite those words “in sickness and in health”, but you guys surely are walking them out! What an inspiration.

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  5. Lizzy - Muddle-Headed Mamma

    What a beautiful photo of the two of you out by the water. You can feel the love between the town of you just in the way you look at each other.

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  6. Joy@aVintageGreen

    Thank you for this post. I wrote a bit about my breast cancer this year and I hope you don’t mind that I added a link back to this post. You write with such love. Joy

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    1. Taylor-Made RanchTaylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Joy, that’s so cool – thanks. I read your most recent post and I’m thrilled your energy is finally returning after your treatments. Day by day, step by step. (hugs) ~TMR~

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  7. Rosevine Cottage Girls

    Thank you for sharing. We are not married but pray one day to have a marriage strong and abiding like this. Blessings.

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  8. Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

    What a wonderful partner you have and such a beautiful post. I am so glad you are looking forward to better days!

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    1. Taylor-Made RanchTaylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I agree a wonderful partner, without whom I’m not really sure how I would have gotten through this year. His love & support were nothing short of astounding. I’ve often said that we live in a North Texas paradise, but now I’m able to focus on that beauty again – living in a place that speaks to my heart alongside the love of my life. What a bright future, come what may! ~TMR~

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  9. Buttons

    Oh this is beautifully written you two are the perfect match he is truly a hero. I had a scare this year as well but luckily it turned out to be not breast cancer I was grateful and My Hero was waiting to do just as your hero was waiting to do and is now doing taking care of the one he loves. The best is yet to come. Loved this post. Thank you for sharing it. Take care Hug B

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    1. Taylor-Made RanchTaylor-Made Ranch Post author

      :) Isn’t it wonderful to know that no matter what your soulmate will be right there beside you? Glad your scare turned out to be something other than breast cancer. ~TMR~

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  10. Tiffany

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Blog Hop Blitz, where we’ve crowned you as one of our Most Valuable Bloggers!

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  11. Kathy

    Beautifully shared – some don’t take the vows seriously, when the bad comes they fall apart – so delighted you have such a wonderful man! And that all is better now! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday, Kathy

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  12. Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick

    What an inspiring love story. Thank you for sharing it. Everyone should be so lucky as to have a partner like your RancherMan. ♥

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    1. Taylor-Made RanchTaylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Kathy, I’m blessed beyond belief and RancherMan is truly one of my favorite blessings! ~TMR~

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  13. Alison Bayne

    This inspiring story just got featured at http://mumtopia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/the-creative-home-and-garden-hop-15.html. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Creative Home and Garden hop. Best wishes to you and your hero, from England!

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