John Elliot had to make a decision. The young woman, Cindy, who had consulted him several times and whom he found attractive, told him she had leukemia with only a few years to live. He decided he wanted to be with her, to know her better, even if he had no idea what it would be like to watch her go through the various stages of a returned leukemia and eventually die. They fell in love, they married, they were very happy, they had a child, Cindy Lou. One day, before Cindy Lou's second birthday, Cindy's leukemia returned. One night about a month later with John and her mother holding her hands, Cindy died. John was filled with grief, but he had a small child to care for. It was because of Cindy Lou that John made it through the years to come. As Cindy Lou grew up John had to be both father and mother to her.