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Friday, August 27, 2010

My Best Friend

I have tried to get Bryan to post a 'guest' blog post here but with no success. He says no one would be interested in what he has to say. I tell him I disagree, but Bryan is not the type of person to be persuaded once he decides on something. That has been a good thing throughout our marriage cuz no matter how tough life got for us, he never changed his mind on how much he loved me. Maybe sappy "love" posts get old but I am just feeling very appreciative of Bryan right now.

Lets all get to know more about the man called Bryan Warren. Bryan was born in 1977. He was raised in a home in Pingree, ID. along with 5 siblings. Bryan is the 2nd oldest. I look at his pictures from when he was a little boy and he is SOOOOOO adorable and survived the experience of the awkward teenage years. Despite the 'barely there' mustache and his Steve Urkle impression, Bryan grew to be a very handsome young man.Not only is Bryan easy on the eyes, he has a genuine heart, a wonderful sense of humor and compassion for others that is to be admired. I have seen Bryan at his best of times and his worst of times and through it all he knows what is important to him. He often spent endless nights sleeping in a cramped hospital bed, blow up mattress, and hospital chairs for the 9 first years of our marriage. Then he gave up all he had, dedicated almost all of his time and energy to take care of me for months as my body slowly deteriorated. I NEVER heard Bryan complain. He never made me feel like I was a burden on him. I have never been loved so much. Bryan did things because he knew I needed to be happy. He understood my emotional and physical pain. He made sacrifices so he could what I needed him to do. He was my reason for living.

When he was asked to endure to the end with me, he accepted. He didn't leave my side for very long. . .his mother told me however, that he could not bare it any longer when they came to take me away for the transplant. I understand why. For the same reason I am thankful I was in a medically induced coma. . .neither of us can stand the thought of having to say "good bye". I know the key to a lasting, eternal, loving marriage is what we have. We love each other more than ourselves. There is no one I ever want to be with more than him. He IS my reason for living.

I really do hope to get him to post one day. Maybe I can get him to write it down and I will post it.

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4 comments:

Sherri said...

Awesome guy you've got there! I've got a slightly older version myself. Can we pick 'em or what??!!

Jen said...

He is an AMAZING guy! I'm proud to call him my brother!

Jamie said...

I feel the same way about my husband! It takes a special person to love and care for someone with CF and God made then just for us!

David and Tiffany Davis Brock said...

Hey Jamie,

Maybe he can come be a guest blogger on thisonebreath! it really would be great if he did something. It would be a big encouragement to folks. I know my time of talking with him was a huge encouragement to me. He has a perspective that is important for the CFer and for the spouse and even for those considering marriage who have CF. So come on Bryan, come take the plunge!

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