Two strangers who both lost their spouses to cancer meet—what follows is one big family

Two people, whose spouses were both diagnosed with cancer, had taken to blogging to keep their families up-to-date with their situations. Little did they know what was going to happen next when a woman read both of their blogs, following the death of their spouses, and sent one of them a message.

Jessica Crisman was living a happy life with her husband, Jason, in Michigan when he started losing weight and had seizures in 2007. Doctors discovered that he had a brain tumor, which they removed, but it later grew back. She started keeping a blog to update her family and friends on Jason’s condition.

“I felt like I was drowning every day trying to take care of the four kids and a husband who was completely deteriorating,” Crisman told TODAY in 2015.

Jason died in August 2010.

About 1,000 miles away in Oklahoma, another person was going through the same trauma, and was keeping a blog just like her.

Ryan Ronne was also living a happy life with his wife, Kaci, when she started having headaches several months after giving birth to their third child. A medical check revealed that she had a tumor on her brain stem.

Kaci died in August 2010, four days after Jason.

During Halloween that year, a woman sent Crisman a message after reading both of their blogs: “There’s this man in Oklahoma who lost his wife four days after you lost your husband and I just think you could be encouraging to him.”

Crisman did what the woman suggested and sent an email to Ronne, offering to talk if he needed to.

It happened that Ronne’s son asked him that day if they would be having a new mom, and that’s when he woke up to find Crisman’s email.

The pair then started emailing each other and talked on the phone one week later. But they were not looking for another relationship.

They decided to meet alone on Dec. 2, 2010, in Georgia.

“Both of us had really good marriages and thought, ‘I want to do this again.’ I knew very quickly, even in the conversations, that I wanted her to be my wife and spend time with her for the rest of my life,” Ronne said.

Ronne proposed to Crisman in February 2011, and they married two months later.

Two households came together to form a family of nine.

“The kids all just meshed as if they were brothers and sisters from day one. It’s just amazing how they just took to each other immediately,” Ronne said.

In 2015, the big family had a new addition—a baby girl. Crisman also earned her master’s degree after a decade of studies.

“I don’t really have words for it. I’m so at peace in this life and happy,” she said.

“She taught me how to live again,” Ronne added.

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