Ft. Thomas husband writes book of love & lessons

Ft. Thomas husband writes book of love & lessons (WKRC)

FORT THOMAS, Ky. (WKRC) - A couple in Fort Thomas reminded everyone this holiday season that they’re lucky if they can celebrate with those they love.

That journey is all part of living with Cystic Fibrosis. When a local husband nearly lost his wife to it, he learned a few lessons that could help everyone learn that people should never underestimate the power of love along the way.

13 years ago when Ray Poole said he'd share his wife Rebecca's life in sickness and in health, he learned then, “You gotta make a decision sometimes even if you don't know how things are gonna come out.”

Little did he know that a decade later her life would hang in the balance from Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition that can shut down the lungs. He would learn how much love matters when she needed to come back from a double lung transplant.

“I felt like such a failure to Ray because he had been there my whole life he'd been there through this whole process,” said Rebecca. “The only thing that kept me going was that I didn’t want to fail my husband, I didn't want to let him down because he'd been there for me.”

During that time Ray went through many ups and downs, emotionally, spiritually, and in that health journey and he decided he would put those thoughts in a book he recently published called “Lessons from a CF Cornerman.”

He's been showing up ever since, and is grateful that every day for her, he still can.

The book is available on amazon for about $20. CLICK HERE for more information.

So far Rebecca is doing well following the transplant. While her lungs are improved, the disease does have challenges that are lifelong, which is why both Ray and Rebecca are trying to raise awareness and help fund a cure.

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