Jim and Cindy truly had a love story for the ages. From the moment they met each other, they were inseparable, and neither could stand being apart for even a moment. However disaster struck when Jim was diagnosed with cancer.
The photos that his son captures are both heartbreaking and beautiful – scroll down below to see them for yourself.
Jim and Cindy Mininni’s story begins 24 years ago when they fell madly in love with each other.
They dated for a while, but when Cindy found out she was pregnant, she was a bit nervous about telling her then boyfriend.
But when she finally did, Jim’s reaction was certainly a lot better than she could have expected!
He burst into tears of happiness, and from that moment on, they were an incredibly happy family.
When their son Chris was born, Jim had finally gotten what he wanted most in life: to be a father and a husband. His love and dedication for his family only got stronger as the years went by and he saw his son grow up to become a man.
But life can change in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, Jim was diagnosed with lung cancer. He fought bravely and underwent rounds and rounds of chemo treatments, but the cancer never left him.
Eventually, it became clear that Jim wasn’t going to live much longer.
But Chris and his beautiful mother were always there to support him in his fight.
Even when facing the threat of losing his dad head on, Chris could always count on his mother to be strong and inspire him to be a better person himself.
But just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse, they did.
As Jim was taken to a hospital to spend his final days, Cindy suffered a heart attack and was taken to another hospital in a different city.
Jim wasn’t going to last much longer, and it seemed like the woman who he was never apart from in life wouldn’t be there to say goodbye one final time.
As Jim’s health quickly began to decline, it became clear to his doctors and Chris, that he was in his final moments.
Unable to speak because of the tube in his mouth, and a new-found tumor blocking his breathing, Jim scrawled one word on a piece of paper to Chris that instantly got the attention of the entire staff:
The hospital staff tried and tried to get Cindy transferred to Jim’s hospital but they were denied. But the staff kept pushing and used every bit of tenacity they had to reunite this couple to be in each other’s company, where they best belonged.
Unconscious, due to the treatments for her own battle, they finally managed to get Cindy transferred.
And as Jim slowly faded away, he got to hold the hand of the woman who had always been by his side. Jim got to say goodbye to his sleeping beauty, the mother of his children, and the love of his life.
He held her tightly as his own body began to shut down.
When Cindy later awoke, she was heartbroken at the news of her husband’s death.
But thankfully, Chris had thought to snap some pictures of this moment to share with her. The pictures have been a great source of comfort for her as she continues her own recovery.
And while they might be separated for the current moment, we can all take comfort in the fact that one day, these two will be once again reunited, never to leave each other’s sides again.
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