How my late husband’s positive attitude continues to inspire me

My late husband and I had only known each other for a couple of months when he was diagnosed with stage IV synovial sarcoma — a rare type of soft tissue cancer — in November 2014. I’d just helped a close friend with a breast cancer diagnosis, so I knew what a battle with cancer looked like and what it would take to get through it. My heart was broken. But I also knew that Josh and I shared something very special — and I wasn’t about to let cancer get in our way. One of the first things Josh said to me after being diagnosed was that if I decided I didn’t want to see him anymore, he would understand, and that he wouldn’t think any less of me. I told him he wasn’t getting rid of me that easily. I knew that if anyone could love him through this, it was me. A synovial sarcoma diagnosis Josh first noticed pain in his lower abdomen in 2013, right after graduating from West Point. But he didn’t want to get kicked out of his U.S. Army Ranger regiment, so he waited until he earned his tab to see a doctor. He’d had a sports-related hernia repaired in that same area a few years earlier, so he associated the pain with that surgery. Josh first saw a physician here in Nashville in October 2014. That doctor was pretty certain that Josh had a tumor, and that it was malignant. A needle biopsy proved inconclusive, though, so Josh had an open biopsy done at a local hospital. About a month later, we learned he had...