Man Shaves His Head for His Sick Wife & It Saves His Own Life

shaved head for loveBud Stringer was just trying to show solidarity with his wife Dolly when he shaved his head. His wife of 20 years is going through breast cancer treatments and Stringer shaved his head to show his support. In doing so, his own melanoma was discovered.

Obviously, this story could have an awful ending. But luckily, these two both have good prognoses. What is amazing is that this man's love and dedication to his wife was so strong that he was willing to shave his head to help make her life easier. How many husbands would do that?

In a weird way, this is sort of a microcosm of what marriage is all about. We pledge to love one another in sickness and in health and to go through the hard times together. Well, Stringer took that one step further. And, by doing so, she saved his life. Could anything be more lovely?

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When two people get married, the wedding is often all about the ceremony and reception -- the officiant, the food, the music, the beautiful dress, the flowers. But MARRIAGE is about so much more.

After 10 years of marriage, I can officially say that marriage has nothing to do with the wedding. The best parts of our marriage are sometimes also the hardest. It's when we see what the other is made of, get all mooshy and vulnerable, and hold on to one another for life when we get to feel our marriage fully.

Obviously, no one would ever wish cancer on anyone. But a couple who is still this supportive and loving after 20 years together is a beautiful thing. We should all wish for this kind of marriage and it's all too infrequent.

It may not seem like that big of a deal for a man to shave his head. But it is. Because of what it says. He is saying: "I love you. You mean the world to me. I will support you with body and soul." What else does a woman with cancer need to hear?

I am tearing up just thinking about it. And, of course, this story has the added poignancy that his decision saved his own life. That's a love story.

Would you shave your head for your love?

 

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