All love is special, but there are certain loves that take our breath away. Such is the love shared between Steve and Hope Dezember. From their first date in early 2011, Steve and Hope knew they were meant for each other. Steve had prepared a candlelit dinner and had romantic music playing in the background and Hope couldn’t help but fall in love with him.
She also couldn’t help but notice when Steve struggled to open a bottle that evening. He was trembling so badly that the bottle slipped out of his hands and fell to the floor.
The trembling could have been chalked up to nerves, but Steve had experienced similar episodes before. Four months later he got the heartbreaking diagnosis – he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a d e v a s t a t i n g disease of the nervous system that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. The diagnosis is a d e a t h sentence – there is no known cure and life expectancy is only two to five years after diagnosis.
At only 28 years of age, Steve’s once bright future now seemed very bleak.
Two days after his diagnosis, Steve took Hope for a walk and explained his situation. He told her not to feel obligated to stay with him – he understood what that would mean.
Hope didn’t hesitate. “I’m not going anywhere,” she told him.
Two months later, they were walking down the aisle.
Because they knew they wouldn’t have much time together, the newlyweds decided to make the most of whatever time they had left. They embarked on an extended honeymoon trip across the U.S., making sweet memories as they went.