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Mari A.

Texas

A sister's perseverance through unimaginable loss

My sister in law, Mari married her best friend Bill. Theirs is a love story movies are made of. They were high school friends, and kept crossing paths until they realized they were meant to be together all along. Both of their girls are now adults, and have graduated from college. Mari and Bill were just learning to be empty nesters and having time together just the two of them. In November of 2018, Bill had some imaging done to figure out the cause of some back pain and they received news no one was ready for. He had pancreatic cancer.

Despite chemo, cancer took his life. Bill passed away, surrounded by friends and family on January 15th, 2019, just shy of 10 weeks after his diagnosis. Their youngest daughter Emily is a new school teacher and moved back home during Bill’s illness, and has continued to stay with Mari since his death.

Emily is one of the other parts of this story. She was terribly close to Bill. They had the kind of relationship I think every child would like to have with their father. Emily helped with Bill, as well as helped her mom Mari deal with Bill’s illness and eventual death. These two women have leaned on each other, friends, and family over the course of the last year, showing a level of strength and perseverance that is nothing short of amazing.

We’ve had our Peloton for about a month and, while I knew it would be great exercise, I had no idea the level of spiritual and emotional support that was immediately demonstrated by the Peloton family. This comes in the form of motivating and inspiring instructors of course, but perhaps more importantly from the community of other members. After Bill’s death I witnessed the level of love and support offered by Mari and Emily’s church. The Peloton community is very similar. These ladies have been through so much. I know they would benefit from the self care/self love community that is so freely offered by this amazing company.

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