When couples get married, they promise to love each other in sickness and health, and one Iowa husband decided to prove his commitment to his vows after finding out his wife had cancer.
This past January, Lora Koch went in for a routine mammogram and a month later, doctors called and told her that a lump they had found was cancerous. Thankfully, they caught it early and the cancer hadn’t spread. A few weeks later, Lora underwent a bilateral mastectomy.
“She wasn’t having a great day,” husband Jim said about Lora after the surgery while she was in recovery. To cheer her up, he decided to re-propose after 26 years of marriage. “I thought this would cheer her up and remind her of my love and commitment.”
“I hadn’t planned on re-proposing, but I thought, ‘Well I have a ring, I should put it on her left ring finger and say a few words.’,” Jim said. “I wanted to let her know that the ‘In sickness and in health’ vows we made still stand. I’ll always love her.”
“I was so happy and relieved, it was a reassurance that while cancer is going to change my life a lot, I know that one thing will always stay the same. His love for me is forever and our shared faith will last,” Lora said. “To have something so beautiful happen to me, well it was truly amazing. I had a good cry of release and love and it was a pretty special day for me. It reminded me of the great love we have.”
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[Featured image: Christin Koch]