Romance Is What This Man Did For His Wife With Endometriosis

"I have never, in my life, felt more cherished or protected."

"Romance is not flowers and chocolate. It's cleaning a grimy tub." 

That's how Imgur user Flamesonthesideofmyface started her heartwarming post about her husband, who recently reminded her how important it is to have a thoughtful partner who takes care of her in times of need. She has endometriosis, a common disorder in which tissue grows abnormally outside the uterus causing pain and menstrual irregularities. The pain can be severe and flare up during periods. 

"Last night, I ended up crying in bed around 3 AM, because it felt like I was getting stabbed in the stomach," she wrote. 

The following day, her husband, who she notes has a physically demanding job as an electrician, came home with a heating pad to ease her pain, made her a snack, and then cleaned their tub so that she could take a soothing bath.

"He scrubbed every jet, took off the filter, and made it sparkle and shine. He filled the tub with muscle relieving bath goodness he'd just bought, set the jets running, and brought me my favorite wine and chocolate after I settled in," she wrote. 

In addition, he cleaned the kitchen, prepared dinner, got lotion for a massage, prepared a hot pad for her stomach, and offered to watch "trashy TV" or play video games with her while she relaxed in her pajamas.

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"I have never, in my life, felt more cherished or protected," she continued. "People say marriage is where the romance ends or that relationships become stagnant, but it really is the best thing in the world to be married to your closest friend — particularly when they make sure to show you that you matter. I think that it only has to become stagnant or unromantic if you let it. Grateful for someone who won't let that happen."

The sweet post quickly went viral, amassing over 680,00 views to-date. Many other Imgur users took to the comments section to share their admiration of their relationship as well as reveal some of their experiences with love and endometriosis. 

In response to some of the comments, the original poster shared that she and her husband, who met on Match.com, have been together for five years and married for two. "This is one of dozens of times he's done something like this. I absolutely never, ever thought I'd find someone who cared like he does," she wrote

For anyone who's reading this and hoping they'll find someone that makes you feel cherished and protected, she promises that they're out there. "Don't settle for anything less than love and respect and someone who shows you that you matter," she wrote

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