Dear Dr. Laura:
I married when I was 33 and my husband was 28. It's a first marriage for both of us. We went through a lot right from the beginning. I thought I was pregnant, but much to our surprise, we found out I had a growth on both ovaries and had to have surgery. Our hope for future children was taken in an instant. My alpha male of a husband held my hand and assured me we would be fine.
Shortly after this experience, I had some health issues that resulted in a diagnosis of lupus. Again, my husband stepped up and decided I would stay home, and it would all be fine. We will be married 15 years this month.
I remember my grandmother telling me long ago that when I looked at a guy for possible marriage, I should see what he is like with family. I'm proud to say I did well. On the day of our rehearsal dinner, my soon-to-be mother-in-law announced "No refunds, no exchanges, and no returns. He's all yours!" He is all mine, and I'm thankful I get the opportunity to be his girlfriend and his wife.