This was the answer my dear friend Amelia gave when I asked her how she was going to manage after receiving the information that, due to her partners extensive surgeries and chemotherapy treatments, conceiving without invetro was going to be impossible. My heart shattered as I know that a baby has been Amelia and Lyle's hearts desire ever since Lyle got his health back. And while love WILL undoubtedly find a way, love always benefits from a little elbow grease. So from one soft heart to another, let's help love do it's thing!
Amelia and Lyle have the kind of relationship that annoys the heck out of everyone around them because they still have 'puppy love' long beyond the timeline that is fair and acceptable. What makes this extra notable, is the fact that their love was born in the eye of the storm. Lyle was in the midst of the fight for his life when their relationship began, and it was no short fight. Lyle was diagnosed with germ cell cancer on Christmas Eve at the age of 26. After both surgery and chemo treatments, he briefly got back on his feet, and they were optimistic that the worst might be over! devastatingly, shortly after his return to work, they discovered the cancer was alive and well, and it had metastasized to his abdomen, lungs and liver. More surgeries followed including a liver resection taking 2/3 of his liver, more chemo, and stem cell treatments. Thanks to his talented medical team, his loved ones, and an unbreakable spirit, lyle fought his way back form the edge. And it was through all of this that the foundation of their love was built! I've asked Amelia if it intimidated her to allow herself to fall in love with someone that could essentially be dying, and she answered, "of course it did.. but we had been friends for a while at that point, and knowing he could die really hit me hard. I woke up one morning and just knew.. I wanted all the time he had left, whatever that looked like. I literally went and proclaimed my love to him in his hospital bed."
This thanksgiving weekend, as the whole country thinks about all the things they have to be grateful for, Lyle and Amelia share in an extra special celebration of gratitude, as thanksgiving weekend marks the two year anniversary of Lyle being cancer free.
Before Lyles surgeries and chemotherapy, some of his sperm was frozen as a safety measure. This giving Amelia and Lyle a ray of hope that their dream of a baby of their own could still come to be. Though many challenges lay ahead, the one thing that we can help them with is the astronomical cost of their treatments.
With all the difficulties and hardships surrounding us in the world today, it's nice to know that there are some injustices we can do something about. I know I personally am so excited to be a part of Lyle and Amelia getting to meet their baby.
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