Rochelle and Andrew

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How We Met

We met my sophomore year of high school in French class in 2010. I was transferred in the middle of the year to the class and my French teacher sat me right next to him (thanks to Prof. Fernandez!) I would stare at him all the time and try to find ways to talk to him, all the while he was very aloof with me. Months later I mustered up the courage to message him on Facebook to tell him I thought he was the cutest ever haha. For months after we would talk on the phone all the time and meet up before school and just talk about random things. The end of the school year came and he was graduating a year early, and he asked me to be his girlfriend and I said no… (I know I am a fool)

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FAST FORWARD three years later and I was in my freshman year of college and I decided to text him out of the blue.. we haven’t stopped talking since. We went on our first date in December 2013 and in January 2014 we made it Facebook official.

The past six years together have been amazing, we have traveled to so many places. One of my favorite places we’ve been to was France! I’ve always loved France, and we met in French class so it was only right that we spent 8 days in Paris. It was in April of 2019 and it was perfect, we walked and ate so much and saw everything there was to see. We even made a list of French desserts to check off whenever we tried them. I’m pretty sure anyone can name any kind of French dessert and we’ve had it! A lot of people asked if I thought he’d propose and I must say I did flirt with the idea but I knew that we weren’t ready yet. I wanted to move in and then get engaged, I had this big plan.

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Unfortunately, there were other plans in store for us. On October 24, 2019, Drew was diagnosed with head and neck cancer and our world turned upside down. He had to undergo 7 treatments of chemotherapy and 35 treatments of targeted radiation therapy. His parotid gland was so swollen and he was in so much pain all the time. He had to get a tonsillectomy and have many biopsies taken from his oral cavity. It was a very scary time and I think I cried pretty much every single day. He lost 60 pounds, he was no longer able to taste anything so food didn’t interest him and was no longer able to open his mouth due to radiation therapy and because of this, he had to get a feeding tube. But we spent every waking moment together and tried to keep positive. We had each other and our families for support and he finished treatment in January 2020.

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How They Asked

On April 1, 2020, during the COVID-19 quarantine, Drew had his follow up appointment to determine whether he’d be cancer-free after undergoing treatment. I was face-timing him while he went with his mom to meet with his doctor since only one person was allowed to accompany him. The doctors found that his cancer had spread and given him a certain amount of time to live and it was the most heart-wrenching news I’ve ever received. I was in shock and my heart had broken in two.. my best friend at only 25 years old had to hear that there is nothing they can do.

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His life is in God’s hands now. We decided right then and there that we wanted to get married and with this whole quarantine going on, we will need to have a very small wedding. We rush and bought our wedding bands, my wedding dress, and all the decorations. I picked out my ring online and had it rush delivered to his house. On May 6, 2020, we went on one of our daily walks around the neighborhood and while I was walking just a bit ahead, I heard him say “here’s a good place” and I asked “a good place for what?” I turned around and saw him on one knee.

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I was so happy and he started to say “Chelle, since the first time I saw you I knew I wanted to marry you. You’re my best friend and soul mate and I don’t know what life has planned for us, but I know I want to spend the rest of my life with you, however much that is. Will you marry me?” and I was crying trying to soak at the moment and finally said yes…

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We get married on June 6, 2020, with just a few family and friends and I can’t wait to call him my husband. I love him more than he will ever know, I always tell him that. He’s my soul mate, my best friend, and lover and we’ve grown up together. I just want to grow old together too. We’ve been praying every single day for a miracle and we ask that whoever ends up reading this prays for us as well. I know that God will take care of us.

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