Love story in 22 pictures

Love story in 22 pictures September 22, 2012

I almost cried.

UPDATE: I lost it when one of my facebook friends left this comment:

Justin, I had only been in Afghanistan a week when I had this guy as my patient. I’ve thought about him almost every day since, and then just recently ran across this very story. At the time he was in my OR, I really didn’t know if we were doing him any favors by saving his life. To see how well he’s not only survived, but thrived, has lifted a cloud from me that I didn’t really know was there.

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  • Cuttlefish

    I did cry.

  • Cuttlefish

    To be more specific… it was the pic on the stairs. After that, I was putty in their hands.

    • Justin Griffith

      I fought back extra hard. Nearly lost it right then too.

  • I definitely cried.

    I wish them all the best and all the love (although it looks like they’ve got that part covered).

  • Cuttlefish

    Ok, I was coming here specifically to ask “why the hell would anyone *not* cry? What’s wrong with us, that something like this, something so beautiful, has us fighting ourselves not to cry?”

    And then I saw your update.

    And frankly, now, I can’t even imagine anyone not letting themselves experience the full emotional sledge-hammer blow that this gives. To take one of the worst hands ever dealt, and to not just survive it, but to make a real, genuine, HAPPY ending–both of them, he and she, are just remarkable.

    I’m honestly glad you lost it, Justin. I’d worry about your humanity-ometer if you had not. I owe you a hug, a beer, and then another hug and another beer, when and if we meet.

    • JMH

      ^^ This.

      I know guys are socialized to not cry, and guys in the military three times as much, but sappy things on the internet (and sappy movies) were given by humanity to give you the gift of tears in a way you can justify. So just do it.


  • Paul Hunter


    Thank both of them for all of us!

  • wilsim

    Amazing. True love, and life being lived.

    I did cry, this was touching.

    I am glad I am lucky enough to live in the 21st century and read stories like this.

  • neXus

    Never underestimate the power of love.

    Yeah, I’m crying too…

  • Ty

    Shows the power of having love, support, and faith in human potential.

    You can’t ever forget the strength of a man like this.

  • morejello

    This story didn’t make me cry, it made me smaile and say “fuck yeah!”. This couple kicked adversity in the balls and are working hard to build a wonderful life together. *That’s* what love is – working hard together to make a better life together. This restores some of my faith in humanity.

  • procyon

    God I fucking hate war. Having grown up watching the Viet Nam war on TV for 10 years, and watching my friend’s older brothers come home maimed, or not at all, I really thought Bush was bluffing.

    War always makes me tear up. Always. It’s just that fucking sad.

  • =8)-DX

    “hy the hell would anyone *not* cry?” .. “but to make a real, genuine, HAPPY ending”

    Oh, Cuttlefish – this is exactly what the cynical among us don’t buy into. I mean, the photos were stirring, the comments uplifting. But, tears? I guess that just depends where each of us have soft spots. I have plenty of photos with just as much love in them, but no happy ending – I don’t believe in happy endings, just happy livings.

    The part that touched me however was the bionic legs. THAT I find heartwarming. No tears however.

    • Justin Griffith

      I’m pretty sure he was just checking up on me in a friendly way. He knows I’ve been under quite a bit of stress, written about depression etc. It was a friendly poke to see if my ‘humanitometer’ was working. I appreciated it.

  • sailor1031

    “You can’t ever forget the strength of a man like this.”

    Or of such a woman either.

    • Justin Griffith

      good call.