The death of my true love.
by Larry Thomas
(Somerset, New Jersey)
Daryl and I lived a charmed life. We met while teaching math at the same high school in New Jersey. I was in an unhappy marriage and she in an unhappy relationship.
My marriage ended and her relationship ended. I took her out to dinner to thank her for getting me a side job in my home improvement business.
One thing led to another and we started dating. I told her I was a bad marriage risk, but if we stayed together for 10 years I would marry her.
During the 10 years we found so many things that we loved to share. I was a scuba diver and she got certified so we could dive together. I was an active skiier and she was a novice skiier. I worked with her on many ski trips and she was able to become an expert skiier.
Our next adventure was skydiving. I started jumping at 53 years old and loved it. She got tired of sitting on the ground and went through the course to also become a skydiver.
When we retired from teaching we traveled around the country doing skydive events.
I had finally found the perfect playmate to share my love of adventure.
At the 10 year anniversity of our dating we got married.
The following year she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. We did the radiation, lumpectomy, chemotherapy, losing her beautiful hair etc. After 6 months of all the treatments, it seemed like we licked the cancer.
We got back to our wonderful life of adventure.
Daryl had never lived in a new house in her life. We decided to buy a new home in an over 55 gated community in New Jersey.
I sold my home and we moved into an apartment while our new home was being built.
4 months ago she had a pain in her neck that would not go away. We had it checked out and found that the breast cancer had come back in her bones and liver. The liver cancer was the fatal one.
We started the chemo routine again until 2 weeks ago when it was not working. The Doctor sad to go home and be with the family and let nature take its course.
Daryl was able to live in our new home for 6 weeks before she passed away on December 21 2010.
My heart is broken as I have lost my wife, my best friend , my playmate, and my true partner in life. I am now in this beautiful home all by myself missing my wife in every way.
Life is not fair to such a wonderful woman.
She wants me to move on in my life but it will take a long time to feel happy and loving again.
It is time to start grieving and get past the pain. I will never forget the wonderful life we had and the true love we shared.