Love Connection Couple--Richard and Amy Shearouse - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

02/03/04

Love Connection Couple--Richard and Amy Shearouse

Amy Shearouse met her husband Richard on the job. She made the first move. "I called him and asked him out on a date and we went to the movies," she recalled.

"The first time I saw her, I almost fell in love with her right then," Richard said.

Three years later, in 1994, they got married. Then two weeks into the marriage, Amy discovered she was pregnant. It was going to be tough, but they were happy until Amy received the worst news of her life. "I think it was four months after that I found out I had cancer I had Hodgkin's disease.

"It was pretty frightening," said Richard. "I fell in love with this girl and there's a chance that she could die."

"I didn't know if I was going to live, you know when you hear the C word it's so scary, and I was like, you know, 'You don't have to stay with me,'" said Amyl. "And he just stuck by me."

"I'm not some coward that's going to put his tail between his legs and run," said Richard. "I'm in it for the long haul."

Amy had a healthy baby boy, but he was taken from her soon after he was born so Amy could begin chemotherapy. Richard was right by her side. He took her to her chemo treatments and he would watch their newborn baby. "I don't know if she knew it but I cried a lot during that time," said Richard.

Those hard times lasted more than a year. Amy's been in remission since 1995. So they had two more children and the worst was behind them until Richard lost his job nine months ago due to a plant closure. Amy says now it's her turn to stick by her man. She pays the bills. Richard stays home and takes care of the kids.

And that's part of what makes it work. Sharing responsibility for everything. "Just giving 50-50, not always taking but giving 50-50 and standing by each other through good and bad," said Amy.

"We have hard times, good times, fight sometimes, sometimes we don't," said Richard. "It's like a normal marriage really but I still love her to this day."

Their story ends on a happy note. As we were leaving, Richard received a call from someone offering him a job. He starts work next week.

Now tomorrow on THE News at 5, you'll meet couple number three, Scott and Kathy Chamberlain. He told her she would be his wife after their second time meeting. She eventually said yes and 37 years later they're still together.

Reported by: Shannon Royster, sroyster@wtoc.com

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