There are love tales of yesteryears, Romeo-Juliet, or Heer-Ranjha, that have made the world believe in True Love. But, we will rarely find stories of such sacrifice in today’s era. In today’s times, when many are losing their belief in the power of love and institution of marriage, this powerful story might restore your faith in love.
Fighting cancer is never easy. But, it makes the fight a bit less difficult if you have the right support next to you. From time to time, people have come forward to share how family support makes the fight against cancer less painful. Be it Tahira speaking about Ayushmann’s support or Sonali speaking about how her husband’s unconditional love helped her sail through the toughest phase of her life.
Now we bring to you another couple who is bravely fighting against the tumor and creating a life of love and happiness for each other. Sharing their unconditional love story with HoB, this inspiring couple mentioned how their love story started when they were just kids:
“I was in the 9th grade when I knew he was sweet on me– he was my senior but he’d find any excuse to hop on my school bus! We started chatting on Gmail; then when FB launched, he sent me a friend request. I accepted it, and this goofball thought ‘she likes me back!’
We talked all the time but I never told him how I felt. But when his dad wanted to move to Bombay, we had only 2 weeks to give ‘us’ a chance. So we spent all our time together, and fell so stupidly in love that at 16 we decided to do long distance!
I guess he couldn’t stay away, because he applied to a hostel and moved back to Bangalore– except the rules were ridiculously rigid. He wasn’t allowed a phone or to leave the hostel. So, I’d call the school pretending to be his mom, and every month he’d sneak out, hop on a bullock cart to see me– we’d walk by the lake and hang out at old bookstores.
Thankfully, we got into the same college and then went on to work at the same company. One morning, when we were hanging out, Rohan had a seizure– I thought I was watching him die.
We discovered that he had a brain tumour– he was just 20.
From there, everything’s a blur. The tumor grew rapidly and if he wasn’t treated soon, the doctors said he’d be left paralyzed. Within a week, he went in for brain surgery– those 6 hours, not knowing if he’d survive, were the scariest of my life.
When the surgery was a success, we realized life was too short to spend even a minute apart.
There was no big proposal; we just wanted to get married even though we were only 22. People tried to dissuade me–there was a chance the tumour could grow back. They asked me if I was ready to be a ‘nurse’ or a ‘widow’ for the rest of my life.
Even Rohan was scared that he was dragging me down with him.
But I knew I’d rather spend months with him than a lifetime with someone else. So, we got married.A month later, he got seizures again– the tumor came back, triple the size. We went to countless doctors, researched the hell out of tumours and and held hands during every MRI scan.
But Rohan made everything fun– hospital visits abroad were an excuse for the honeymoon we never had and his patient bed became a place to binge watch Marvel shows! For a guy who was so ill, he was full of life.
Finally, after a year, we found a treatment that shrunk the tumour.
It’s been two years since the tumour stopped growing and in February the doctors declared it dead! Now we can finally enjoy our married life– with pizza nights and Netflix binges in our small house with 2 cats. It’s a simple life, but after everything we’ve been through, we’ve realised that just being able to come home to the one you love, is everything.”
At IFORHER, we are in awe of this couple. It is inspiring how this couple is encouraging many others to overcome the unexpected challenges thrown by life at them.
We wish this couple a speedy recovery and hope they will write a miraculous and incredible story of faith and survival in years to come.