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Husband's love conquered all

On March 17, my husband Rick and I celebrated our 16th anniversary. I couldn’t think of anything more fitting than to honor Rick for all he has done for me. You see he’s really a very exceptional man and I believe a true God-send.

In 1996, I was separated and ready for a divorce when I received the news, after being misdiagnosed for over nine years, that indeed the lump under my right armpit was breast cancer. My then-estranged husband, while managing our 24/7-day-a-week business, began burning the midnight oil studying to try to save my life. He successfully completed all the requirements to be certified as a nutritional herbalist and vitalist (someone who helps the body heal itself) and he received me back home.

My oncologist had stated that at best, with chemotherapy and even a bone marrow transplant, my life would not be extended that much beyond six months. With the doctor’s signature to that, our life insurance company cashed out our policy, giving us an accelerated death benefit. We retired early to travel and be with friends and family. Rick even let me give money away, as I wanted to make a difference that I could see while I was alive.

After over six months went by, I went to the University of Washington Physicians for extensive blood work to find all cancer markers in the normal range and blood appearing perfectly healthy. I believe my husband’s research, nurturing, forgiveness, generosity and prayers have kept me here to share this story to encourage others. We have overcome separation, divorce and outlived a terminal diagnosis by three years so far by the power of unselfish, unconditional love, along with the power of prayer. We have begun our lives over, teaching others how to cleanse and nutriate their bodies and relationships.

In my eyes, Rick stands next to the one who answered his prayers as my earthly husband and hero –– a true servant of God and a man to be emulated by all.

Happy 16th anniversary, honey. I’m proud to carry your last name.

KATHY PARTON

Federal Way

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