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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: After 21 years together, woman with leukemia marries her love at hospital

Monday, August 17th, 2009

By Amy McConnell Schaarsmith

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Kathleen Welle first spotted the love of her life, Scott Kuhn, across a crowded office when she was 24 years old, she was thrilled at the sight of him. But then she found out he was married -- and well, she was too -- and dismissed the idea of romance.

Yesterday, 21 years and one child together later, Ms. Welle married Mr. Kuhn at West Penn Hospital, where she is being treated for a fast-moving form of leukemia. The ceremony, she said, was exactly what she wanted.

"It was really intimate and the pastor said exactly how we felt about each other," said Ms. Welle, now 45. "It was wonderful, just magical."

After falling for each other but resisting their physical attraction for 10 years, the couple began an affair that resulted in her unplanned pregnancy with their son, now 8.

Ms. Welle and Mr. Kuhn, now 53, confessed the affair to their respective spouses. Both couples, whom Ms. Welle said had been struggling in their marriages for years, divorced.

Although Ms. Welle and Mr. Kuhn, of Erie, were able to raise their son together, the years that followed were difficult -- especially financially -- as they struggled to split property and share custody of their children, she said. Mr. Kuhn has a 26-year-old daughter and a 23-year-old son from his first marriage, while Ms. Welle has 17-year-old and 11-year-old daughters from her first marriage.

In April, they were finally able to buy a home together. Ironically, Ms. Welle said, they purchased a house with income property that will help cover the cost of the mortgage, ensuring that one of them can afford to live alone if necessary.

Yesterday's wedding was a bright spot in the painful, difficult months that began when Ms. Welle began having thumping headaches and a racing pulse on June 7, her birthday. Her period started that day, too, and it didn't stop.


To read more, visit the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette web site.

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