Best-selling children's author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her husband of 26 years, Jason, received some tragic news on September 5, 2015.
In a heartbreaking essay for the New York Times Love column, the mother of three reveals that she was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer after going to the emergency room with symptoms she accredited to "no-biggie" appendicitis.
"So many plans instantly went poof," she wrote. "No wonder the word cancer and cancel look so similar."
In her essay, Rosenthal details her beautiful love story with her husband, who she describes as an "easy man to fall in love with. I did it in one day."
"My father's best friend since summer camp, "Uncle" John, had known Jason and me separately our whole lives, but Jason and I had never met," she wrote. "When I moved back home to Chicago, John — who thought Jason and I were perfect for each other — set us up on a blind date. By the end of dinner, I knew I wanted to marry him."
Rosenthal said the purpose of her essay was to create a "general profile" for her husband, including all the things she loves about him -- even though she, herself, has never dabbled in online dating.
"I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony," she wrote. "But I'm going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of coexisting in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days."
She continued on to list all of her favorite things about her husband, "a dreamy, let's-go-for-it travel companion" and "an absolutely wonderful father."
"He is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and hazel eyes," Rosenthal wrote to knock out "the basics."
"He is a sharp dresser. Our young adult sons, Justin and Miles, often borrow his clothes....He is fit and enjoys keeping in shape."
Rosenthal also points out that her husband is extremely useful around the house, a much sought after trait.
"If our home could speak, it would add that Jason is uncannily handy. On the subject of food — man, can he cook," she wrote. "After a long day, there is no sweeter joy than seeing him walk in the door, plop a grocery bag down on the counter, and woo me with olives and some yummy cheese he has procured before he gets to work on the evening's meal."
She also listed some of the pairs' favorite activities.
"Jason loves listening to live music; it's our favorite thing to do together," she continued. "I should also add that our 19-year-old daughter, Paris, would rather go to a concert with him than anyone else."
"Wait. Did I mention that he is incredibly handsome?" she added. "I'm going to miss looking at that face of his."
Rosenthal says that she created this dating profile with one hope in mind.
"I am wrapping this up on Valentine's Day, and the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins."
"My guess is you know enough about him now," she wrote. "So let's swipe right."