By Maya Fulcher, as told to Amy Spencer, Glamour magazine
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Maya and Jack didn't have these soul-baring conversations until the last days of his life. Start them now, she says, with someone you love.
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AT FIRST IT SOUNDS LIKE A MOVIE CLICHÉ: Jack and I met at a wedding where I caught the bouquet. I'd noticed him the minute he walked in, so when he asked me to dance, I was giddy. After one song, I felt like I'd known him my whole life.
But on our second date, Jack pulled some pills out of a vial on his key chain and said that he had a liver disease. At 15 he had been told he'd live a year, but at 27, after lots of medicine and procedures, he was healthy, playing racquetball, mountain climbing…and having dinner with me. I thought I could handle it. I was just 19 and didn't grasp how serious his condition was. I did know pretty fast, though, that we were serious. As we dated and got close, I could imagine being with him forever.