reporter: years earlier as a teenager jill was diagnosed with ulcerativecolitis. it could cause inflammation and severe abdominal pain. after several major surgeries resolved. >> i was moving forward and thinking it was behind me. but as jill tried powering through her wedding day, those knots in her stomach pulled tighter. >> i was having a hard time standing up at that point. >> it was definitely scary. >> i wanted to get down the aisle. reporter: she made it down the aisle exchanging vows with john. and then on to the beach to take this photo with her it. >> i was so sick. reporter: an ambulance rushed her to cape cod hospital and doctors decided to transfer to tufts medical center for emergency surgery. >> it was complicated. she had a twist in her -- insuccess stin which cutoff the blood supply. she could have died from that. reporter: he is the chief of colorectal surming re. >> to have that happen on your wedding day is almost unbelievable. reporter: and wedding jitters couldn't have triggered it. >> nothing could have precipitated this. i think it was just
reporter: years earlier as a teenager jill was diagnosed with ulcerativecolitis. it could cause inflammation and severe abdominal pain. after several major surgeries resolved.
brook and jill dated fiver year years, traveled the world and lived together. one question remained uncertain. would they take the next big step together and become husband and wife? >> many of the things that ultimately break up marriages are really hard to practice for until you're married. >> we wanted to step back and pressure test our relationship. >> reporter: from finances to family, the test tackled issues that can make or break a marriage. >> for one month, we are spending half of what we normally do. >> for a month, we swapped credit cards. >> going on a lunch date with our exs. >> reporter: they documented their journey along the way. >> simulate the exhaustion of
jill hawkins and husband john these wedding photos show the best of times and the worst. >> it is really hard to come to terms with the fact that i could have died on my wedding night. that's the reality. reporter: jill remembers waking up for her wedding sick to her stomach. >> i just thought something feels a little weird, but it is probably just nerves.
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