When Patrick was first diagnosed, Lisa says she let him see her cry... but only once. "I said, 'This is the one time I'm going to do this,'" she said. "After that moment, when he looked at me and looked into my eyes, I wanted him to know he was going to be okay. No matter what." 

Lisa's outlet was talking to her girlfriends, whom she says were her rock for the past two years. "I have some of the most awesome ladies in my life. They said: 'Call me at 3 in the morning. I don't care,'" she says. "I would pick up the phone, I'd cry and get mad. Anything I wanted with my friends, and then I'd go back to him. Because both of us had to deal with his illness, but he's the one who was going to pay the ultimate price." 

Lisa says they talked about heaven over the course of Patrick's illness, but they didn't often talk about death."We were too positive," she says.


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