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Husband From Real-Life “The Fault In Our Stars” Died After Meeting His Wife In July

Husband From Real-Life “The Fault In Our Stars” Died After Meeting His Wife In July

We’ve all read the John Green bestseller or watched its movie adaptation and was absolutely devastated by the tragic ending. But if that got you all teary-eyed, here’s a real life story that will break your heart.

How They Met Despite Doctor’s Warning

Katie Prager, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, met her soulmate Dalton on Facebook back when they were 18. But Dalton despite his amazing personality and charming good looks had a deadly disadvantage:  he suffered from Burkholderia cepacia, a highly contagious infection for people with cystic fibrosis. The doctors warned Katie to not pursue their online romance for real, as there was a high chance for Katie to contract the bacteria.

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Nevertheless, they both met up in person in Kentucky. Two years later, they married.

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    Both Suffered A Lot, Yet They Have Each Other

    Katie, however, did get infected with the Burkholderia cepacia and the couple had to wait for transplants at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dalton got his transplant first in 2014, followed by Katie in 2015. But although Dalton’s transplant was a success, he had to face new medical struggles and developed lymphoma. Even after overcoming the cancer, it seemed fate had more trouble lined up. He was hospitalized with pneumonia and viral infection and was on ventilation in an intensive care unit before finally succumbing on a Saturday afternoon. He was only 25.

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    Even as he was dying, he FaceTimed with Katie whose transplant did not work well and was confined in hospice at her Kentucky home.

    Katie later told CNN, “It gave me some of the best years of my life. I’d rather have five years of being in love and just really completely happy than 20 years of not having anybody.”

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    Life Is Hard Yet Beautiful

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      This goes on to show that life is indeed unpredictable and we never know when the Wheel of Fortune shall turn for the worse. So, instead focus on the present moment, love as much as you can and be grateful for all the good and beautiful things in your life right now.

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      10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

      10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

      Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

      We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

      However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

      1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

      Facebook is eating away your time

        How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

        2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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        Likeaholic

          When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

          3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

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            Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

            4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

            lack of intimacy

              Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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              5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

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                Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

                6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

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                  A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

                  7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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                  sleeping your life away

                    Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                    8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

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                      There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                      9. Sensationalism still sells.

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                        With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                        10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

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                          This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

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