I’m From Ephrata, PA.

by Terry Bigler

Satellite overhead image of Pennsylvania from Google Earth 2022

I’m from Ephrata. I’ve lived there for the past 33 years. I moved there to be with my first true love. My partner and I lived in the same house for 27 years and then I lost him to cancer. I was lost. I didn’t know how to date or where to meet others like me. It took about 4 years before I put myself out there and signed up to a website. After 6 months I was ready to quit but then I started chatting with someone who had a similar past. He too lost his partner to cancer and had no idea where to turn. The more we talked, the more we found that we had in common. He was a bit younger then I but we decided to meet so we could share our pasts. Turns out we had more in common then we knew. His name is Terry and my name is Terry. We’ve been going together for about 18 months. On a trip to Paris, I asked him to marry me; this coming weekend, we are going to Vermont to be married. It’s funny how just when you’re ready to quit, the right man comes into your life. Hopefully, 27 years from now, we will still be sharing this life.

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