I want to thank you for joining me in my journey through the twists and turns of love, loss and grief while continuing to strive to live a life well lived in honor of my late husband Marcus. The new normal was a way of life for my husband and I and continues to be a way for me to get through this life one step at a time. The reason I am sharing this journey is to look back on an incredible love story, reflect how we adjusted to the new normal together and found the good in all things. Also to take a look into my present as I walk through a difficult grief journey and a look forward at the path that lies ahead. A story through the lens of a Wife, Caregiver and Widow.
I am a 34 year old Minnesota girl that has lived in Atlanta since 2016. I love to be with my family and friends, travel, check off bucket list items, surround myself with positive people and inspire people by making a positive impact. My path in life took a wonderful yet unexpected turn when I fell in love with my soulmate, Marcus, in front of a frozen waterfall in Minnesota on March 10, 2016. Marcus is a Georgia boy and it didn’t take long for me to follow him to the south. The year 2017 was filled with many peaks and valleys. I became a fiancé, a wife and a widow all in one year. We got married on the beach in front of our closest family and friends in Santa Rosa Beach on June 24, 2017 (3 years to the day that he was diagnosed with cancer). I have learned a lot while experiencing a life time of love in the short 21 months we had together and now I continue to learn and grow as I am walking on my grief journey. My husband fought a brave and incredible fight against Stage 4 Appendix Cancer for 3 1/2 years. We walked through the journey hand in hand every step of the way. He was set free of his pain while wrapped in my arms on December 26, 2017. Marcus continues to be the light in my life and an inspiration to many. We get through life one bite at a time.
My goal with this blog is to continue to carry out my husbands legacy and continue to inspire others to be the light in peoples lives. Whether you are walking in the grief journey yourself, a caretaker, a warrior fighting a fight or someone walking along side someone in their grief journey I hope you find something inspiring within these posts. I will share my words along with some of the words my husband left behind to inspire us all in our journey through life.
” I challenge each of you to continue to fight the fight worth fighting, with a life worth living, in pursuit of a life well lived. Life’s a trip and we will get through it one bite at a time”.
Grief is the last act of love we can give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.