In fact, David never behaved like a sick person. He was a joyful, driving races in wheelchairs and racing in the hospital hall. One night a few cystic fibrosis patients went to competitions outside for a time of -32 degrees Celsius.
„He had a sense of immortality.” Remembers Dr. Kramer.
For two years David watched Kim. She always went through the hall of her hospital room, trying to get courage to greet her. Kim watched him – he wore sneakers, blue jeans and a white shirt together with his glasses bound with a piece of tape; she smiled slightly at her and returned to read her book.
David was fearless.
„When she was in the hospital and he was home,” he remembers, „he calls me to ask how he feels and what he has done during the day.”
For months, David waited patiently while Kim was courted by other boys on the third floor – blonde boys, sophisticated, wealthy.
Then in the spring of 1989, when he and Kim left the hospital, David made the move. She called her home and invited her to have dinner together.
Even if she said no, David said „I’ll be there at 8.00 pm and no comment,” then he left.
Kim, who was scared, brought a girlfriend she had to face with David as she stood upstairs refusing to speak. She also did not say anything during the meal and gave David a bad look when he suggested going to the disco. When he brought her home, Kim stepped out of her car and headed for her room, slamming the door. But David still appeared at Kim’s house. He took her to „Sound Warehouse” to buy tapes. He took her to bowling. She took her to see how he was racing while she was nervous on the seats.
„Oh, Lord!” He said to one of those races, „He will die!”
David returned with the car and after the race he breathed a kiss through the air.
Despite the impossible circumstances, love flourished. On November 17, 1989, after her usual diary writings about the death of her friends, Kim wrote:
„Tonight, David and I went behind the picnic tables in the hospital and we kissed for the first time. I have so deep feelings for him, because he is my friend, he supports me and he loves me as much as I love him. Please, God, let this relationship bloom. ”
To the shock of families, friends and doctors, Kim and David announced their engagement.
„You are both sick.” David’s father told him, begging his son to change his mind: „You are sick! You can not take care of each other. ”
„Do you realize what’s going to happen?” Kim’s mother asked in tears.
„Do you realize that you will die in each other’s arms?”
„I think Kim realized it was the first and last time she could experience love,” says Dawn.
I still think it was crazy. We had all the possible questions: how can they coordinate their finances and insurance, how they will take care of them if they both are ill. But one day the Presbyterian priest told me, „Dawn, they do not have much to live on. At least let them be happy as long as they have each other ”
And I said, „You’re right!”
Kim and David’s wedding, the church was filled with the sound of coughing, all patients with cystic fibrosis community were present, wanting to see them as the couple vows to be together for better and worse.
Two Kim and David chairs were prepared in case they needed to sit down, but as everyone said after the event, Kim never showed healthier or more beautiful. The sponge from the wedding dress gave her body an attractive look. She even had red in her cheeks.
After they have registered at local hotel, where they spent their wedding night, David asked the hotel servant to them the bottles with oxygen in the room.
„We may need them,” he said with a big smile.
Their apartment resembled a hospital. It was filled with oxygen bottles and boxes with syringes and medication, and the refrigerator was filled with IV bottles. Domestic needs were difficult because they could not move normally. They needed a whole day to clean the apartment and wash their clothes. Kim was too weak to change the bedding and pick up the mattress.
At the store, he was walking slowly down the aisle carrying portable oxygen bottle with the tubs blocked in his nostrils. At night they were tired. Kim stood on the couch as David leaned on her seat in his wheelchair.
Still, they continued to resist. They were happier than they were