TOGETHER

"I have cancer..."

Cancer...? The words seemed to echo throughout the room for several seconds after they came out of Trish's mouth. Cancer..? She can't have cancer. She just had a baby...I was just about to propose. This is not supposed to be happening to her…this can't be happening to her.

"Jeff..? Did you hear what I said?"

Snapping out of his thoughts, Jeff gently pulled Trish closer to him in an embrace; scared if he held her too tight she might break, but afraid if he didn't hold her close to him, he'd break. "It's okay, babe. Don't cry. We're going to get through this, I promise. We'll get the best doctors money can buy and, I don't care how much it cost, we'll see through this thing together, got it?"

As if those were the exact words she needed to hear at the moment, Trish let out a deep sigh and wrapped her arms around Jeff's waist; bringing them, if possible, closer together than before. "I love you so much. I just don't know what I'd do if I lost you or Angie."

"Hey, don't talk like that." Jeff responded back, while pulling his girlfriend slightly away from him so he could look directly into her eyes. "No one's going anywhere, okay? We got through my car accident together. We can get through anything together and still come out stronger in the end, okay…? Now, what did the doctors say? Is there a type of treatment you have to go through? Some sort of medicine you have to take? What kind is it?"

After taking a second to wipe away the tears that were coming down her face, Trish calmly replied: "He said I have invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. It's one of the most common types of cancer out there for women my age. Because they caught it so early, there is an eighty-five percent chance that with the help of radiation and doctor's care I could be cancer free within a year, tops, and wont have to get a mastectomy done, hopefully."

A mastectomy…

Jeff had only heard that word used once before when he was younger, and it was when his mother had been diagnosed with severe breast cancer and the doctor's told her that the only way to save her would be to take off her right breast.

'Some help that did.'

"Jeff?"

Snapping out of his thoughts again, Jeff outwardly apologized for drifting off and continued with: "So, when do you start treatment?"

"I start it first thing Monday morning. I have to do some blood work first, and take a couple of other tests, but then I'll be undergoing Chemo for about six months. I should be finished hopefully when you come back from touring, over Christmas break."

As if Trish had just thrown a pan of hot water on him, Jeff couldn't help but look at her incredulously. "You can't seriously think I'm still going to go out on tour now, can you? I'm not going to leave you here now, especially with Angie and this going on. Vince will just have to understand that family comes first, you know that."

After taking a second to shake her head in response, Trish replied: "Babe, the last thing I want you to do is stay here with me. You've worked so hard to get where you are and you deserve to go for it. Besides, both my mom and dad have already made arrangements to stay here for the duration of my treatment, to help take care of Angie while I'm working through this, and there is really nothing you can do for me while here that you can't do for me while you're out on the road. Just love and support me, okay?"

Even though he knew it was a losing battle when Trish set her mind onto something, Jeff couldn't help but argue with her. "I want to help you through this. I want us to get through this thing *together*..."

Not knowing exactly how the tables had turned from him comforting Trish to her comforting him caused Jeff to be a little taken back when Trish threw out his words from earlier: "Hey, we got through your car accident, we can get through anything, especially this together…even if you are out on the road. I promise."

After letting out a small chuckle and a slight roll of the eyes, Jeff pulled Trish back to him and inwardly agreed to her wishes—whether he liked it or not.

'God, just keep her safe…I don't know what I'd do if I was to lose her again.'



Next part soon. Sorry this chapter was so short, I just thought you guys would like a little update before I take a second and step away to write some longer chapter for this fic and my other ones. Comments please!!