Get your tissues ready, because this story is as sad as it is incredibly sweet.
Husband and wife Katie and Dalton Prager, ages 25 and 26, met at age 18 over Facebook. Their love story echoes a lot of ours, except for one important detail – they both are living with cystic fibrosis and were warned to stay away from each other. Katie initially reached out to Dalton because he was the same age as her and also living with cystic fibrosis.
Dalton, however, had Burkholderia cepacia, a very dangerous and contagious infection for people with cystic fibrosis. So dangerous in fact, according to CNN, CF patients are told to stay away from each other in order to avoid contracting it. However Katie and Dalton fell in love, and made the incredibly brave and conscious decision to meet anyway. According to CNN, Katie stated:
I’m not crying, you’re crying.
The couple was married two years later (at age 20). However Katie soon contracted Burkholderia cepacia, as she had been warned that she might.
Dalton is also unfortunately dealing with his own share of medical issues. He contracted lymphoma from his transplant. Although he has since been treated he is currently fighting pneumonia and a virus at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis near his family, while Katie is in Kentucky at home with hers.
The couple hopes that Dalton will soon able to take a plane to the University of Kentucky Medical Center so he can be closer to Katie, and once he’s discharged can make the hour drive to Katie’s home in Flemingsburg, Kentucky. In the same article from CNN, Katie stated:
The couple continues to keep good spirits, and remains hopeful about their situation, focusing on the love they have for each other and their families. To put all of our problems in perspective Katie states, “Just love each other,” she said. “If somebody makes you mad, just forgive them.”
We both have a lot to learn from this beautiful couple, who have been through more love and adventure then most people see in a lifetime. We wish them and they’re families all the best.