Valentine’s Day couple withstood sickness, health and long distance


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Reported by: Andrew Carter
Updated: 2/14 10:12 pm Published: 2/14 10:10 pm


TULSA, Okla. - Valentine's Day is a day that couples around America celebrate.

While some might argue it's commercialized and overdone, FOX23 is thankful love has its own day, because it brought us to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, to a true story of love having no boundaries.

"We're here, it's Valentine’s Day, [and] he’s back from Afghanistan," said Monica Reyes.

FOX23 spoke with a couple who have a true love story that withstood long distance.

Hector Reyes is with his wife on Valentine’s Day for the first time in 2two years.

"I can finally hug him, I can hold him," Monica said.

Hector, who's in the Army, was in Afghanistan for two years.

Over that period he saw Monica just three times.

That'd would be hard for any couple -- but even harder when you're battling cancer for the third time.

"Just sleep all day, you don't want to get up. I didn't want to do anything," Monica told FOX23.

"There’s not too much you can do from there, you feel like your hands are tied," said Hector.

But this Valentine’s Day, Hector is back, and back for good.

"It’s wonderful, to have him back, he's been with me when I have no hair.

It’s really hard to describe how happy you are after so long," said Monica.

And while he's back, he’s making up for lost time, not just on Valentine’s Day-- he said he’s going to do “something extra-special every day."

Speaking of extra-special, if being together wasn't good enough, how about the news they heard this morning right as the clock struck midnight.

"My cancer is in remission! Monica said.

That was my gift, really, the best gift," said Hector.

And now that they're together, they told FOX23, "Every day to me is Valentine’s Day, you could say," Monica said, happily.

Two partners staying the extra mile through sickness and in health.

Hector said he was gone for so long that it was a struggle to find his role at home initially, but it's getting easier every day.



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