Michelle Polo was 30-years-old when she died from a rare form of cancer. She had a young daughter and was excited about her wedding—which was supposed to take place just weeks after she died.
Michelle and John met and first started dating in high school. Like most high school relationships, they broke up and went their separate ways. Unlike most high school relationships, though, they met again, years later.
John shared, “I thought she was hilarious, without trying to be. And she was so kindhearted and the best mom ever. She had a very rough life, but she always had a smile on her face.”
A year after they met back up, John proposed to Michelle. She said yes.
They were planning their wedding when doctors discovered a tumor in Michelle’s kidney. She was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer: proximal-type epithelioid sarcoma.
Instead of waiting another 8 months for their wedding, they decided to get married in the courthouse as soon as possible. Before her first surgery, they went to the courthouse to get married.
According to John, “I had to hold her up from the pain but we wanted to make sure it was legal and official before her surgery. Immediately after we exchanged vows, we went to the emergency room and the nurses brought us wedding cake.”’
The couple was still planning on having their wedding. They wanted to be able to celebrate their marriage with their friends and family.
At first, it seemed like the surgery was successful, but then the cancer returned. Just after turning 30, Michelle died—just weeks before their wedding was supposed to take place.
After Michelle’s death, John was looking through the photos in her phone when he noticed one. It was a photo of Michelle wearing her wedding dress—the dress that he never got to see on her. He posted the photo to Facebook with some of the most heart-wrenching words.
“That’s my wife. In her wedding dress. A wedding dress that I never got to see her in. We were married at the courthouse a few days before her first surgery was scheduled to take place...After the cancer came and she was terminal, we decided to plan a real wedding. She didn’t make it to that real wedding. She died two weeks before it was scheduled to take place...When it is my time, I am running up there. No—I am sprinting up there! To see her.”
Read John’s full post below.
John is saving Michelle’s dream dress so that someday her daughter can wear it when she gets married. In the meantime, John blogs about his grief on “Better Not Bitter Widower.” Find his posts here.
In other news, this sweet boy was in a coma when his father died. When his mother asked him if he knew where his father is, his response is incredible. Read the story here.