Ten years ago yesterday, my husband almost died.Now this may sound a little dramatic, but it’s the truth and in all honesty, it is one of the best things that ever happened to us.
At the time, we’d already known each other for a few years, but I hadn’t seen him in awhile.
We met in university. Sort of. He was a year older, but was enrolled in the same program as me so we had a few classes together. However, we only started talking when I ended up getting a part time job at the same place where he worked in the middle of my first year of university (purely coincidental, I swear!).
Over the course of the next two years, we became friends, hanging out with the other folks at work and at school. Over this period of time, there were a few awkward conversations about pursuing more than friendship, but we never did knowing that we were jeopardizing a good thing. So, we left well enough alone. This was in 1998.
Fast forward to March 2008…
A few weeks prior to this, we’d connected on Facebook and he had invited me and our good friend MJ over for supper. However, that night, Chris was MIA. He wasn’t answering our messages and we couldn’t get ahold of him which was strange, especially for him.
A few days later, we both got a message saying that he was sorry about bailing on our supper plans, but that he’d just spent the last nine days in the hospital. Turns out that his mother had found him in a near-comatose state on the floor of his apartment and he’d been told by more than one doctor that he was lucky to be alive. (You can read about his near-death experience here).
So a few weeks later, we went out for supper and as they say, the rest is history. We started dating a few weeks later and we were married in 2011. The end.
So, why am I telling you all this?
First of all, be attentive to your body. You have to make sure that you’re listening to your body. Take a minute every day to tune in to your body to see if it’s trying to tell you something. When you read Chris’ story, it becomes pretty evident early on that he was at the beginning stages of type-1 diabetes. However, he was able to “explain” all of his symptoms and chalked it up to being burned out at work. Your body will try to give you little nudges at first, but if you’re not listening, it will find a way to get your attention even if it’s a little dramatic at times.
Secondly, celebrate all of the little (and big) moments that life offers. We choose to celebrate what he likes to call his “Second Life Day” every year on March 3rd. Often times, people get so caught up in the day to day tasks of life that it’s easy forget to have fun. My husband and I make an effort to not only celebrate this event, but we choose to celebrate a lot of different occasions throughout the year, some small, some big. Why not? It adds a little spark to our life and we choose to enjoy as much of it as we possibly can.
Finally, stories like Chris’ inspire hope and help us believe in fate. For the past ten years, we’ve lived a pretty magical life. This event is one of the main reasons that we’re together. He chose to see this event as his wake-up call and I choose to see it like that as well. Even if we didn’t start dating until eleven years after we first met, everything is happening just as it is meant to be and we’re having so much fun along the way because we remember this journey. Sometimes, life will push you in a certain direction and even if you’re not quite sure why, just go with it! You never know where your path will lead you.
So find something to celebrate! Even if it’s just a little thing, let it bring a little joy into your life 💜
What things do you like to celebrate? Have you ever had a wake-up call that you couldn’t ignore?