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We were married 18 months ago, and in that time like all other newly married couples, we were enjoying married life. Being in the same State together was a bonus, and sharing everyday rituals and routines a blessing.

I now often think of the marriage vows we took, in front of our dearest family and friends. The vows that are promised so often in the face of love, hope and happiness - do we ever really think they'll be tested?

I certainly hadn't thought my husband and I would face the challenge of a life threatening illness so early in our marriage.

I just assumed it would be something older couples go through, after years of marriage, trials and tribulations and getting to know each other.

But here we are in the throes of it, facing fear, unknowns and overwhelming uncertainty together. It'll no doubt help us form an unbreakable bond and foundation to our marriage, but I can't deny that there's a incredible sadness I feel for us.

In the darkest days that have passed in the last 3 weeks, we have seen and felt every emotion to degrees we never thought possible.

As we've held each other and cried, we haven't asked "why us", we've simply promised to always be there for each other and that all would be ok. It was then that the vows felt real.

One day we'll look back on this challenging time; with more love, faith and good health, still holding each other tight. Our marriage vows withstanding every challenge along the way.

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