Maeng Sun Yi sacrificed her childhood and youth to taking care of her father, who started drinking heavily after her mother abandoned them when she was 10, and her two younger siblings. She even gave up her own education because she had to work hard to earn her siblings' tuitions. She is married to a guy named Ban Sung Moon, her five years junior, and has two daughters with him. Her life continues to present her with endless hardships but she just believes that that is "happiness". One day her husband falls in love with an attractive divorced woman and demands a divorce from Sun Yi.
Sun Yi's younger sister, Maeng Young Yi, is a successful career woman. She dates her first love Lee Jung Do, who is now married to another woman and who broke up with her for the sake of his career in the past.
Finally, Sun Yi's younger brother, Chul Soo, earns his doctorate degree in the United States and settles down there, completely ignoring his responsibility of taking care of his father.
Just to make things worse, Sun Yi is one day diagnosed with cancer, which to her is tantamount to a death sentence. After learning about her disease, her husband reflects on himself and shows her the genuine meaning of marital love.
Cast & Credits
Story: About a woman who's husband is cheating on her and she finds out she has an incurable disease. (The two stories overlap and then separate in the middle - the beginning is more about the affairs and the latter half is more about the disease). Also we have the main leads sister (who is also a main lead) who happens to be in an illicit affair herself with her first love who left her for money & power - her story will develop and shift focus halfway through as well ^_^
Cast: Choi Jin Shil as Sun Yi a woman who saves money and lives as thriftily as possible who married a man 3yrs younger and has 2 children and after 10yrs of marriage finds out about her husbands affair and the fact that she has cancer. Her acting was great - you will cry for her and with her. She had a hard life and wasn't appreciated by her in-laws until too late.
Sun Hyun Joo as Sung Moon I really despised his character early on - he was a real jerk. But I began to appreciate him in the end.
Lee Tae Ran as Young Yi (She's the reason I decided to watch the drama) was definitely my favorite character, I really enjoyed her character, her hurts, pain, her looking on her own relationship after seeing her sister and her love in the latter half of the drama. (Plus she had great fashion sense!) She is a really loving sister to her older sister, she truly appreciates and loves her. She may have been a bit misguided early on but by watching her sister turmoil she changes.
Nam Goong Min as Je Pak Sa was a wonderful addition to the cast in the latter half (I think he was introduced in episode 11) - His presence made the depressing atmosphere of the drama not so depressing lol - he was a light shining in the darkness you could say ^_^ His appearance for me was totally unexpected (as I didn't know he was in this drama) but I welcomed him with open arms! I loved his pursuit of Young Yi ^_^
Music: Perfect for the drama - I especially loved the OST by 'The One': "Thorn", and "Letter" by Jung Hyun Lee
It has re-watch value for sure but it would definitely be hard to re-watch b/c it's so painful. But there are a lot of lessons to be learned in it.
Drama Quote: "I said: Married couples must have been sworn enemies in their past life, that they meet again so they can take revenge on each other. I think I was wrong. I think they meet again, so that they can forgive and love each other."