Get the tissues ready!
You've probably heard about the book, and movie, Fault In Our Stars by John Green: It tells the story of two (teenage) terminally ill cancer patients who fall in love and, well, I won't spoil the ending.
Unfortunately, the real life couple who's story resembles the fictional one have both died — within days of each other.
Dalton and Katie Prager both suffered from cystic fibrosis (a progressive illness that affects the lungs and the capacity to breathe, in very simple terms).
In 2009, Dalton's mother posted a picture of him in the hospital on Facebook, which Katie saw and responded to. The two continued to talk through messages until they realized this was something more than just a random friendship.
Despite warnings from their doctors that they shouldn't meet because Dalton had a potentially deadly infection for those with cystic fibrosis, they did anyway.
The minute Katie saw Dalton, she ran up to him and kissed him; no "Hello" or awkward conversation, just pure unconditional love.
"We did stuff; we had fun. It was like something out of a fairy tale."
Both Dalton (in 2014) and Katie (in 2015) received lung transplants, but after Dalton's, he developed lymphoma. He won that battle, but, he developed pneumonia and another viral infection, which left him hospitalized.
Katie's transplant never really agreed with her body, and eventually, she was placed in hospice care.
Sadly, they were in separate hospitals in separate states, and though they wanted to be reunited, neither were healthy enough to make the trip.
Katie was 26; Dalton was 25.
Katie also told CNN:
"I'd rather have five years of being in love and just really completely happy than 20 years of not having anybody."
And really, that's what it's all about: Love.
Thanks to Dalton and Katie, we can see that true, unconditional love is real, and not just made up in books.