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Joe Simpson knows just how blessed he is.
“A year ago changed my life,” Simpson, 60, says. “I remember saying to the doctor, ‘What if I don’t have surgery?’ He said, ‘In six months, you’ll be dead.’ I really wrestled with just saying, ‘I’ll see you guys later.’”
"Definitely not that time,” an emotional Ashlee says. “I'm not ready for that."
Joe, who underwent prostate surgery shortly after learning he had prostate cancer, says he was simply not ready to die — especially since he has a family that continues to grow.
"I couldn't do that to you and to your sister and to my little grandbabies," Joe says to Ashlee, 33, who has two children, son Bronx, 9, and daughter Jagger, 3. Her big sister, Jessica, who recently announced she’s pregnant, has a daughter, Maxwell, 6, and a son, Ace, 5.
Joe has certainly wowed Ashlee with his resilience. “You're so strong," she tells him. "I'm just so happy you're here."