UPDATED 14/03/17: Earlier this month we brought your the devastating story of Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a talented author who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer back in 2015.
To offer comfort to the husband she would be leaving behind, Amy wrote a heartbreaking online dating profile titled 'Modern Love' so that he might find love again. SOB.
It's with heavy hearts that we inform you that, just ten days after the article was published, Amy lost her battle with ovarian cancer and passed away at the age of 51.
Amy's obituary can be found here.
Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to go and cry uncontrollably at the real life Notebook which just unfolded before our very eyes.
ORIGINAL STORY 06/03/17: Well, this just broke my heart into a million pieces.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is fighting ovarian cancer, and doesn't have much time left. One of her last acts was to write about her illness and her marriage in a "Modern Love" essay published Friday in the New York Times. It's one of the most beautiful, poignant bits of writing I've ever read.
Rosenthal, who has authored two dozen children's picture books and a recent memoir, begins by describing finding out about her diagnosis.
"Want to hear a sick joke? A husband and wife walk into the emergency room in the late evening on Sept. 5, 2015. A few hours and tests later, the doctor clarifies that the unusual pain the wife is feeling on her right side isn’t the no-biggie appendicitis they suspected but rather ovarian cancer."
"As the couple head home in the early morning of Sept. 6, somehow through the foggy shock of it all, they make the connection that today, the day they learned what had been festering, is also the day they would have officially kicked off their empty-nestering. The youngest of their three children had just left for college."
She wrote that she's gone weeks without real food and falls asleep mid-sentence because of the morphine she needs. Despite feeling weak, she said she had to write the essay while she still could, because she wanted Jason, her husband of 26 years, to fall in love again after she is gone.
"I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony, but I'm going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of coexisting in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days," the 51-year-old wrote.
"He is a sharp dresser," she continued. "Our young adult sons, Justin and Miles, often borrow his clothes. Those who know him — or just happen to glance down at the gap between his dress slacks and dress shoes — know that he has a flair for fabulous socks. He is fit and enjoys keeping in shape."
She adds that her lawyer husband is an excellent cook, who also loves to paint and listen to music. He showed up at their first pregnancy ultrasound with flowers.
"If he sounds like a prince and our relationship seems like a fairy tale, it's not too far off, except for all of the regular stuff that comes from two and a half decades of playing house together," she wrote. "And the part about me getting cancer. Blech."
You have to read the whole loving, moving letter here.
With additional reporting from the AP.
Via: Cosmopolitan US