I was so relieved, but I was also so angry because cancer hadn't only taken over my life, it had taken over his too," said Emily. Dave Bulters and Emily Gosling had gone on only one date before she was diagnosed with cancer.
It is no doubt that love is a magical feeling. For some, it may take several meetings and dates but for others, it only takes a second to realize and recognize that spark. Emily Gosling and Dave Bulters are such a couple. Though they met each other only once, when Dave came to know of Emily's illness, he decided to do what most people wouldn't.
31-year-old Emily met wine director Dave during a business trip to Vancouver in May 2017. Though the couple felt an instant attraction to each other, Emily had to relocate to London the following year. However, she came back on a business trip to meet Dave for one date.
The duo hit it off immediately.
Although they lived miles apart, the couple decided to carry their relationship forward long distance. They talked to each other every day and discussed their dream plans as a couple. They looked forward to decorating their flat and traveling together. But soon, life turned upside down.
Suddenly, the young working woman began experiencing night sweats, bloating, kidney pain and fatigue. In March 2019, she received devastating news. Emily was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. "It was shocking to hear all of this over a few hours. Then a few days later, I had a CT scan to determine whether the cancer had spread, fortunately, it hadn't. My GP said that based on the results of the CT, and the size and speed of tumour growth, I would undergo four to six months of chemotherapy to shrink the tumour before they operated," said Emily to Mirror Online.
When Emily told Dave about the news, he did not wait. Within a week of her diagnosis, he flew down to London to be with the woman he had fallen head over heels for. She began her cancer treatment with Dave by her side. "Dave arrived in London on March 26, and he came to an appointment with my oncologist where we were hoping to arrange a treatment plan for when I returned to Vancouver. What we were told instead was that the tumour was too aggressive, and I'd be starting chemotherapy that evening!" said Emily.
Once they were in the same city, Dave told Emily that he was planning to quit his job in Vancouver to support her in London. "Dave and I walked to a nearby park. It was there that he told me that he was going to quit his job and move to London. I was so relieved, but I was also so angry because cancer hadn't only taken over my life, it had taken over his too," said Emily. The woman began her treatment and underwent surgeries to remove the tumor. The surgeons even removed her right ovary, right fallopian tube, appendix and lymph nodes.
Emily was weak and in pain but she had Dave by her side to give her the confidence she needed. "The one positive thing about the cancer diagnosis was that we got to live together sooner than we'd planned, even though the situation wasn't quite what we had planned. There's no doubt that the months in London strengthened our relationship. He was by my side the whole time, and while our plan A might have been easier, I wouldn't trade the time we spent together or the experiences we've shared," said Emily.
Emily recovered from her surgery and was given permission to return to Vancouver with Dave. Though it has been challenging for the young woman, she feels that the whole experience made her closer to Dave. "My second surgery is scheduled for October 7, and it's been a complicated mental and emotional challenge knowing I will be having another surgery. Waking up wondering if I can still have children is a difficult thing to go through once, but I'll be doing that twice. Throughout this whole process, Dave has never made me feel like he was trapped or angry for the unexpected turn our lives took. He is the strongest man I've ever met, and he was there for me every step of the way," said the courageous woman.