This past Sunday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel published a story on Richard and me entitled ‘In Sickness & In Health’…(Click here for a link to the interactive story and video.) When we were approached to do this story, Richard and I thought long and hard about the thought of having two people follow us during some of our most intimate times in our life. Not that our story is any different from those countless number of caregivers out there, however, we both felt that telling the story from the prospective of a LGBT couple would demonstrate that its OK to love who you love.
Now, almost three full days since the article has been published, I am overwhelmed by the support that this article has generated and felt compelled to thank Diane Lade and Carline Jean from the Sun-Sentinel for telling our story is such a beautiful way.
Since ‘TLO’ made his life transition on March 9th, I have spent quite a bit of time listening to a CD entitled “Love Changes Everything” recorded and produced while I as a member of The Gateway Men’s Chorus in 2010. At ‘TLO’ memorial service last week in Fort Lauderdale, I used three songs in this CD as part of his celebration of life. Things That Never Die; Rise Above The Walls; and Somewhere Over The Rainbow. If time would have permitted, I would have also played, In Whatever Time We Have, Who Will Love Me As I Am and Webber Love Trio. I plan to incorporate these songs into TLO’s Celebration of Life service in St. Louis on Sunday April 27.
In one of my last blog post before TLO made is life transition, ‘Approaching The Final Destination’, I wrote, “Cancer is not the winner here, Love is the winner!” Now after reading all the comments on-line and emails that I have received, along with the many phone calls that have come in, I now know why I started to listening again to the CD from the Gateway Men’s Chorus, because “Love Change Everything!”
Click here to read our story and see our video:
In Sickness and in Health: A Couple’s Final Journey
Photos and video by Carline Jean
Story by Diane C. Lade