A story that will probably end up coming to a theater near you has surfaced and is setting the standard for boyfriends everywhere a little bit higher this Valentine’s Day.
Jessica Sharman has had epileptic seizures throughout her life, but they didn’t really impact her much outside of the episodes themselves.
In March of 2016, Jessica and Richard Bishop, her boyfriend of seven months at the time, were traveling by train to London when those around her said her eyes glazed over and she went limp.
After being helped off the train by her boyfriend, her parents were called and found out when they arrived that she didn’t recognize them.
Her mother went into her phone’s photo album and tried to convince her daughter otherwise, but the gravity of the situation they were in sunk in when Jessica failed to recognize even herself.
They took her to a home the 20-year-old didn’t recognize. “My parents invited Rich over but I didn’t know him and, when they left me alone with him, I was really scared,” she told The Sun.
The next day they took her to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, where she remained for a week before being diagnosed with amnesia that was brought on by the seizure, and was told that it could take 6 months or more for her memory to return, which as of today still has not been fully restored.
After returning home, she quickly started to really hate Rich, who she simply did not recognize. Within two weeks, she tried ending the relationship.
“He looked so hurt and promised he would help me remember how great we were together. Seeing how passionate and caring he was finally convinced me he must care for me, so I agreed to give it a shot.”
They went for walks, their old favorites restaurants, all while Rich shared everything he could about their past together.
“I don’t remember the first time I fell in love with Rich but I do remember the second. He was so patient with me, so sweet, I couldn’t help but fall for him,” she said.
With the help of Rich and her family, she relearned how to cook, dress, and socialize as her old self, all of which restored her confidence.
Doctors told her that there was a chance that she could lose her memory all over again, which is stressful in a way none of us can truly imagine. Despite the bad news, she did have faith in her boyfriend breaking through that barrier once more, adding, “Rich was able to make me fall in love with him twice, so I know he could do it again.”
(h/t The Sun)