This memory is dedicated to my loving wife, Dawne. I wrote this on December 1, 2013, as we were dealing with the initial notification that she had Breast Cancer. We didn’t have the complete diagnosis yet, but we knew the cancer was very active and a fast mover. Life has been one seriously twisted road ever since, but nothing written then is any less relevant or accurate.

Dear Family and Friends,

I’m inspired tonight to share extremely personal feelings after several days making peace with raw emotions. What’s up you ask? Well, apparently Life has a few more bumps and opportunities in store for our family this year and specifically my lovely wife, Dawne.

Quite possibly confusing, even troubling, reading into my words tonight – for this I apologize upfront. By mid-week I will better explain the why. Until then your quiet prayers and positive thoughts and energy are greatly appreciated as I walk with the love of my life, hand-in-hand through her initial medical conferences as she considers life altering decisions.

We will remember that our journey brings with it wonderful friends who understand the complexity and surprises of life and the power of love which given a proper ear and open heart keeps us afloat through the stormy times. Much appreciation here for family, friends, and those special people who let us know day in and day out just how much our friendship means to them.

I am convinced in the days, weeks, months and years ahead we will be circling the wagons and doing all that we can do to remind Dawne that she is pure joy, a beautiful soul who has brightened all of our lives, and more than deserving of every benefit and opportunity that life can arrange for her. I hasten to add that while we use the word love to convey our deepest passions and commitments, it is at this time we search for words that make love seem ordinary. We seek words that better describe our heart and soul. I more than suspect that in the end it will take well over a thousand words because it is that the love and the acts of love given so unconditionally and thoroughly by our dearest friend have bettered us forever.

As for me, behind the “us” in us are 40-years of unfettered affection and unforgettable memories – in front of us we seek another 40. We look forward to genuine and natural companionship which fortune has so kindly and generously given us. I offer all that I have and most specifically the one thing I alone control – my heart. I love you, Dawne Leslie Lee and I wish the world to know just how much my life is simply you. God walks with you. Angels touch you. Life adores you. We will wait patiently to hear and learn what is next and we will do this together in the manner we are accustomed to, with loving respect for life and an appreciation for all that it brings us.

Peace and love sweetheart. You will conquer this!