She was head over heels in love with him and decided to marry him despite learning a shocking truth.
Uplifting Today reported that Hope and Steve Dezember first met in 2011 when he treated her to a romantic dinner.
During the candlelight dinner, with beautiful music playing in the background, Hope noticed that something was not right with Steve.
He seemed strange, he was trembling during most of the meal and was struggling to open a bottle. However, Hope fell for him during their first date.
Steve told her that he had no idea what was wrong with him. Seven doctors were not able to diagnose his condition. About four months later, he finally knew what it was.
Doctors told him that he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a neurodegenerative condition that attacks the nerve cells in the spine and brain.
It was only 28 when he was diagnosed with the debilitating disease. He would gradually lose the ability to walk, move, and speak.
There is no cure for the disease and those who suffer from ALS die within three years of the diagnosis.
Steve did not expect Hope to stay with him, but she surprised him when she told she was not going anywhere. She was in love with him, with or with ALS.
The couple tied the knot two months after his diagnosis. They decided that they wanted to travel the length and breadth of the country for their honeymoon.
In January 2013, Steve lost his ability to speak and lost 65 pounds. As his physical appearance drastically changed, the couple moved back to Georgia.
The two are still together and are facing the challenges bravely. They have started a project, ‘Drive,’ which allows him to sell his painting. This takes care of his medical bills.
Their Facebook page, Hope for Steve, gives regular updates about their lives.