When we got married we envisioned our first weeks of marriage like a fairytale in the movies filled with excitement, adventure, and lots of time together.
The funny thing about expectations is that they don’t always align with the circumstances God puts in your path.
On the first night of our honeymoon Kate’s legs went weak during a casual conversation over where we were going to dinner. We were confused but figured it was fatigue from the stress of the wedding, dancing, and running through the airport the next day to catch our flight.
As the week passed the symptoms continued to get worse, Kate’s back was in more pain and her legs became weaker and weaker. However, this did not stop us having a great trip!
Every morning we challenged each other to choose joy and celebrate the time that we had together!
When we got back from our honeymoon Kate’s symptoms continued to progress which left her in lots of pain and needing to use a walker. We never thought one of our first purchases as newlyweds would be a walker and cane to assist Kate, but God’s funny like that!
The last few weeks have been full of appointments and contacting doctors in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Our daily life has been slow and steady full of crossword puzzles, reading books, and watching Seinfeld.
Last week we took a trip up to John Hopkins hospital and ruled out a few causes but will be returning this week for one more test to hopefully give the doctors some clarity to what is going on.
We wanted to share a little bit of our story because we don’t feel like it is our story but God’s that he is writing through us. We also could use prayer. As newlyweds we feel overwhelmed with the weight of decisions we have had to make over the last few weeks. We are so thankful for all of the support our families and friends have given us because we know we couldn’t do this without them.
We would appreciate for you to join us in praying for:
+ the spinal test at the hospital this week to reveal what is going on and be as painless as possible for Kate
+ safe travels
+ our marriage to continue to grow and flourish in these circumstances
-Kate and Andrew